View from our summit

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 for the best view of Saskatchewan Glacier.

Parker Ridge and the extension are a worthwhile break from the five-hour drive to Jasper. Our 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 headed to the ridge in front of us


After leaving the trail, we hiked up the ridge. Our objective is the brown peak in the centre that mostly obscures Mount Athabasca.


Unknown bird


Looking back at Parker Ridge (centre)


We took advantage of the firm snow to hasten our ascent


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


Big Bend Peak fills the foreground


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


Mount Athabasca fills the background


There were a few ups and downs before we reached the summit


Looking back along the ridge


Almost at the summit


Some easy scrambling to reach the summit


Dinah climbs 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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