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Tunnel Mountain Trail

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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Ranked #12 of 54 Activities in Banff
Type: Trails, Adventure
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Type: Trails, Adventure

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Elm Mott, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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Denver, Colorado
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is one of the hikes that gives you good pay off for a "relatively" small effort. You might have seen Banff many times but this hike gives you a completely different perspective of the town! The view is almost 360 degree and needless to say, its breath taking. I found it a little difficult to get to this trail... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A beautiful hike with wonderful views of Banff, the Bow River, and surrounding mountain throughout the hike. You can begin the hike at the lower trailhead or 400 metres higher at the upper trailhead. If you walk to the trailheads from downtown Banff, account for the extra (uphill) distance. Please note: several reviewers have described this trail as easy or... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This hike allows you to see a nice view of Banff. It's a pretty steep hike to the top of Tunnel Mountain with a lot of switchbacks. When we started it was warm but by the time we got to the top, there was some thunder. Bring some water! Can bring a lunch to eat at the top too! To... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Fairly easy walk/hike for all ages. Plenty of places to stop along the way, I went up in December after it had snowed so it can be slippery on the walk up and if it's windy cold at the top. On the summit you're rewarded with beautiful views of the town and surrounding mountains. Definitely a must if you have... More 

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