It has been over a year since I headed up along the Icefield Parkway. There are two shorter hikes along there that I have wanted to do, both of which are rated as "Premier" in the Copelands book "Don't Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies." You will see that I have that book listed in "My Summit Source Library" on the left side here. While both are rated as "Premier", they are shorter and driving time would be longer then hiking time. Problem solved! Camp!
I drove the three hours early this morning, found a camp site that was perfect for me, set up my site then took off along the Parkway to the Parker Ridge trail head and was geared up and ready to go by 10:45. It was an easy up and the view was incredible pretty quick. That's Saskatchewan Glacier right in the center. Parker Ridge itself was pretty colorful with red and gold and orange colors.
So I followed down the backside!
Up a steep rocky snowy slope!
Seeing the Parkway on the bottom right!
It was a slow descent over rock and snow then on to wide open spongy meadows before being back on Parker Ridge then a flew the rest of the way to the trail head. I was tired after the long drive, setting up camp then driving another hour to the trail head. I just wanted my beer, my dinner, my fire, my hubba hubba! After I got all that, I turned out the lantern feeling tickled pink for how the day turned out!