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“Hike is officially rated moderate, not easy!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tunnel Mountain Trail

Tunnel Mountain Trail
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 #11 of 71 things to do in Banff
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Winnipeg
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“Hike is officially rated moderate, not easy!”
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 even "the easiest hike" in Banff. The trail is officially rated moderate difficulty due increase in elevation on the switchbacks. Not really a problem if you're in good shape. Those who aren't used to walking uphill or aren't used to breathing thinner air at higher elevations (the Banff townsite is over 1400 metres above sea level) should count on taking breaks on the way up.

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, CA
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“This hike is ok”
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 me, the view was nice but not spectacular.

Visited August 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great walk”
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 a couple of spare hours. Remember to take a drink with you.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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“This is awesome!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

For a very short drive from Banff and a moderate hike (800 feet in 1.5 miles) the views are spectacular. You can see the Banff Spings hotel with Mount Rundle in the background AND the city of Banff. You will NOT be disappointed on this hike. It took us about 2 hours to do this (we are 50ish and in OK physical shape) with spending some time at the top enjoying the view. You should make this a must see if you are in the Banff area.

Visited July 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Easy hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a nice, short hike, with some great viewpoints. I would call this an all season hike. Just bring water and wear a hat. There is a nice spot to munch your lunch at the top.

Visited June 2014
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