Parker Ridge

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Parker Ridge
Parker Ridge from Icefields Parkway.jpg
Parker Ridge viewed from Icefields Parkway
Highest point
Elevation2,255 m (7,398 ft) [1]
Prominence170 m (560 ft) [1]
Parent peakMount Athabasca (3491 m)[1]
Coordinates52°10′51″N 117°05′32″W / 52.18083°N 117.09222°W / 52.18083; -117.09222Coordinates: 52°10′51″N 117°05′32″W / 52.18083°N 117.09222°W / 52.18083; -117.09222[2]
Parker Ridge is located in Alberta
Parker Ridge
Parker Ridge
Location of Parker Ridge in Alberta
Parker Ridge is located in Canada
Parker Ridge
Parker Ridge
Parker Ridge (Canada)
LocationAlberta, Canada
Parent rangeCanadian Rockies
Topo mapNTS 83C/03[2]
Type of rockSedimentary
Easiest routeHiking

Parker Ridge is a 2,255-metre (7,398-foot) mountain ridge located in the upper North Saskatchewan River valley in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Athabasca, 7.7 km (4.8 mi) to the west.[1] Parker Ridge is situated along the west side of the Icefields Parkway and southeast of Sunwapta Pass. Parker Ridge is a ski-touring destination in the winter and popular hiking destination in the summer because it is situated beside the Icefields Parkway allowing easy access, and is nearly entirely above treeline allowing good views of the surrounding mountain landscape. A 2.2 km (1.4 mi) trail gains 275 metres (900 ft) of elevation from the highway to the top of the ridge. Wandering east or west along the ridge provides views of Cirrus Mountain, the north face of Mount Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Glacier, Mount Athabasca, Hilda Peak, and Nigel Peak among others.


Parker Ridge was named for Elizabeth Parker (1856–1944), co-founder of the Alpine Club of Canada in 1906 along with Arthur Oliver Wheeler. The Elizabeth Parker hut near Lake O'Hara is also named in her honor.

The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1978 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[2]


Like other mountains in Banff Park, Parker Ridge is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from the Precambrian to Jurassic periods.[3] Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[4]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Parker Ridge is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[5] Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C. Precipitation runoff from Parker Ridge drains into tributaries of the North Saskatchewan River.


  1. ^ a b c d "Parker Ridge". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Parker Ridge". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ Belyea, Helen (1960). "The Story of the Mountains in Banff National Park" (PDF). Geological Survey of Canada. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  4. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008). "Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias".
  5. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.

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Views from Parker Ridge

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