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Address: lower trailhead on St. Julien Road, near the Banff Centre | upper trailhead on Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Great views

Tunnel mountain offers great views. The trail winds back and forth so it is very easy going. It is icy in winter so you will need to hire some crampons if you don't have some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Tunnel mountain offers great views. The trail winds back and forth so it is very easy going. It is icy in winter so you will need to hire some crampons if you don't have some already.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This hike to the top of Tunnel Mountain is very easy to get to starting just outside of the downtown area. The trails were well marked and very obvious, BUT while this may be an easy hike for an experienced hiker, parts of it may be strenuous for a novice. The view from the top is spectacular and worth the... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This trail is a series of uphill switchbacks and if you are a little unfit will need to take your time, however it is well worth the effort as once you get to the top of the mountain the view 360 degrees around is just breathtaking. You have views of the rockies, Banff town and the golf course and rivers... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a good short hike, especially as you can get up and back in a couple of hours. It is also easily accessible by road from Banff. If you're lucky with the weather you can also get great views in several directions once you reach the top. You have to be reasonably fit to do the trail.

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Elm Mott, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Tunnel Mountain Trail is a great two-hour hike close to Banff. It's not as spectacular as some other hikes in the park, e.g around Lake Louise, but it's well worth the time, as convenient as it is to the town of Banff.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was such a fun hike. We went in October on a chilly but nice sunny morning. We took our time walking up the summit to really take everything in and snap some pics. It wasn't too busy - a few joggers and people walking their dogs (but we went on a weekday which might explain why it was rather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you have just a short amount of time or energy, and want a great hike, this is for you. It begins just on the edge of town, but very quickly feels like wilderness. It is extremely popular but on the day we went, a Friday afternoon in October, it still felt peaceful. You climb through the woods on a... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Accessible on foot from Banff centre, or from a car park nearer the trailhead, Tunnel Mountain is a lovely hill walk, which takes about 2 hours. The views from the top include Lake Minnewanka, the Bow River valley, Banff, and the golf course. There is a regular herd of wild elk which wanders across the golf course bordering the Bow... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Well maintained, well travelled trail. Switch backs take you through the forest with glimpses of views and then it opens up and the whole valley is spread out below you! About 900 feet total gain in elevation. Bring water

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I started the trail from St. Julian Road and continued up to the top. It was a gorgeous day and I would say it is a medium level hike. It does go up fairly high (about 1400 m) and so if you arent use to the thinner air then you should take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water.... More 

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