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Hiker below Bow Glacier Falls off the Icefields Parkway@thegbchronicles

Icefields Parkway Trails

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Explore the network of breathtaking trails just off the highway.

Some of the best hikes in Banff National Park are accessed just off the Icefields Parkway. Ranging from short walks on wide paths, half day hikes perfect for picnicking, or full days excursions into the alpine, there are trails for everyone to explore.

Bow Glacier Falls

  • Distance: 9 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 155 m
  • Time Required: 2 - 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: 400 m down the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge access road.

Spraying out over a cliff at the base of "Iceberg Lake" and the Bow Glacier, Bow Glacier Falls are the rewarding endpoint of this easy hike. The trail skirts along the shores of stunning Bow Lake and remains quite flat until a staircase takes you up and over a canyon. This powerful canyon and the natural bridge - a large boulder bridging the gap - are well worth the quick side trip.

Bow Summit Lookout

  • Distance: 2.9 km one way
  • Elevation Gain: 245 m
  • Time Required: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Peyto Lake parking lot

From the highest point on the Icefields Parkway (2070 m), hike beyond the Peyto Lake viewpoint on the upper self-guided nature trail, then follow an old fire road to the lookout. Watch for pikas, marmots and ptarmigan.

The stunning view from above Peyto Lakekate siobhan mulligan

Helen Lake / Dolomite Pass

  • Distance: 12 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 455 m
  • Time Required: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Across Crowfoot Glacier Viewpoint

After a steady hike up through forest, the Helen Lake trail emerges into an alpine wonderland  above tree line until you reach one of the Rockies' best lunch spots: Helen Lake. During a few weeks in summer, the resident marmots are joined by a stunning collection of colourful wildflowers. To lengthen your day, continue along the trail into Dolomite Pass and towards Katherine Lake, where you'll be treated to the impressive pyramid of Mount Assiniboine.

Parker Ridge

  • Distance: 2.7 km one way
  • Elevation Gain: 250 m
  • Time Required: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: 9km south of the Icefield Centre

After a series of switchbacks you'll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier - the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River. Help maintain this fragile alpine ecosystem by staying on the trail.