View from a high point

Parker Ridge
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
July 31, 2008

We headed off to Jasper for the long weekend, but en route we stopped to ascend Parker Ridge. The ridge itself is a tourist jam and only gains 200 m, but following the route described in Don't Waste Your Time in the Rockies, we continued west, climbing an additional 420 m, 620 m in total. We reached a rocky outcrop at 2640 m. On the return, we followed the trail along Parker Ridge to best see Saskatchewan Glacier.

Parker Ridge and the extension are a worthwhile break from the five-hour drive to Jasper. The hike took 3:45 hours, including time spent talking to tourists who stopped us on the way back to ask about our trip.

Hiking up the tourist trail, Mount Athabasca (centre) and Hilda Peak (right) come into view.

On the saddle between Parker Ridge and our summit

View from the high point where the trail ends. We head to the ridge in front of us.

After leaving the trail, we hike up the ridge. The summit is the brown peak in the centre that
mostly obscures Mount Athabasca.

Unknown bird

Looking back at Parker Ridge (centre)

I took advantage of the snow to hasten my ascent.

Mount Wilcox, Tangle Ridge and Nigel Peak (mouse over for a close-up).

After a stiff climb to this point, the summit appears on the right.

Mount Athabasca fills the background.

A few ups and downs before we reach the summit.

Almost at the summit

Some easy scrambling to reach the summit

Dinah scrambles over a rock band below the summit.

On the summit, cairn on the right

View to the southeast

Mount Saskatchewan

Terrace Mountain (left)

View from the other end of Parker Ridge

Castleguard Mountain overlooks Saskatchewan Glacier

83 C/3 Columbia Icefield

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