Distance: 4 km
Elevation gain: 250 m
This was another hike we did with my mom who is visiting from NS. I can't imagine an easier hike with such a high scenic reward for so little effort.
The trail is nicely switch-backed and at a very slow pace it couldn't have taken more than 45 minutes to get to the top. It was cold and windy there, but we were dressed for it, and after hiking slightly higher in the direction of Mt. Athabasca (north) we found a nice rock shelter where we ate lunch. The views of Saskatchewan glacier were worse here though than from the main trail that curved south at the top, but the view of Mt. Athabasca was nice as well as the relative solitude.
A happy surprise was the condition of the Icefields Parkway. We did leave Calgary early (6 am), but the entire way there and back we didn't come across a single bear or traffic jam! We're thinking of heading back to try a few other, much longer, hikes.
Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Keywords:Columbia Icefields, Parker Ridge, Saskatchewan glacier