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Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

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Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

We're visiting the area June 23 - 26. Based on the Spring conditions to date, do you think there will still be snow on either of these trails while we are there that would make a routine day hike difficult?

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1. Re: Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

Parker Ridge ALWAYS still has snow at that time of year. Please stay on the trail and avoid detouring to avoid snow or mud ... this causes erosion and trail braiding. The growing season is so very short at that elevation and once you trample the fragile vegetation, it gets damaged or dies. It's hard to say at this point whether it will be just an isolated few patches of snow or whether it'll be more, but most of the time, the trail is reasonably accessible by then, although often quite wet (water from melting snow running down the trail). Wear sturdy footwear.

The Wilcox Pass trailhead is about four or five kilometres north of the Parker Ridge trailhead, and since it is a west facing aspect (Parker Ridge faces east), it's far more likely to be in much better hiking condition, The pass itself will still be very wet and snowy but most people don't hike beyond the pass marker anyway.

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2. Re: Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

Thank you. Do you have any similar insights regarding the Bow Glacier Falls trail?

Meanwhile, I found a helpful trail conditions link on the Parks Canada site. I'll monitor that as well.

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3. Re: Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

Sorry, have never hiked Bow Glacier Falls. Yes, the online trail conditions report on each national park website is THE place to check on conditions (other than actually coming to a visitor centre and talking to Parks Canada staff in the trail office).

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4. Re: Snow on Bow Glacier Falls Trail? Parker Ridge Trail?

As of a week ago, there was snow down to the road at Bow Lake. So there would be plenty of snow at the falls - certainly not in hiking condition yet. I suspect the snow will be mostly melted by your trip, but keep an eye on trail conditions.

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