Today our route brought us back to the Canadian Rockies, entering Jasper NP from the west and then heading south, down the Icefields Parkway, which we drove back in May. Then, most of the hiking trails were still snowed in, but now they’re open. So we decided to climb the Parker’s Ridge Trail, south of the Columbia Icefield.
The trail had more traffic on it than we’re accustomed to (mostly German tourists, it seemed), but it was still a great hike. Starting in a pine forest, the trail wound upwards past the tree line and past some old snow banks, finally cresting on a windy alpine ridge. We walked to the other side of the ridge and got some great views of the valley beyond, and a glacier hanging over the valley.
We continued on, through Banff NP, a bit disconcerted by the traffic, which naturally is much heavier than it was when we were here two months ago. At Lake Louise, we turned southwest, leaving Banff NP and entering Kootenay NP. Though the scenery was splendid, the traffic kept us from stopping very often for pictures. We were relieved to pull in for the night at a campground at the south edge of the park, in the resort town of Radium Hot Springs.