Hoodoos Trail

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Dave N
Medicine Hat, Canada65 contributions
Family
This is an easy accessible walk. But if you're into photography, the sunset light in July is stunning!!! The sun casts awesome shadows on the mountain, and it changes every few minutes. This is only my cell phone, I can't wait to see what I can get on the DSLR after developing.
Written July 12, 2020
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CWT
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We parked at Surprise Corner. There is limited parking and we were lucky to get a spot. We took the Bow River Hoodoos trail to the Hoodoos viewpoint. It’s a lovely trail through the forest and along the river. There is a good uphill ascent at the end as you climb up from the river to the Hoodoos viewpoints on the ridge. Views are really nice. We returned via the Tunnel Loop Hoodoo trail. It parallels Tunnel Mountain Road to the Douglas Fir Resort. There we came out on the road and then took a left on Tunnel Mountain Drive and walked back on that road (it’s closed to traffic). This part was not really worthwhile - I would recommend returning by the Bow River Hoodoos trail. Total trip time was 2.75 hours including the time spent viewing the Hoodoos.
Written October 19, 2020
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kburns195
Ontario, Canada31 contributions
We were on our way back from Lake Minnewaka and saw a sign for The Hoodoos Trail, and thought, why not stop? We are so glad we did!

The views were amazing! The trail was snow covered, however was an easy climb. The information plaques along the way were very informative.

I would HIGHLY recommend stopping and taking a walk to see some breathtaking views of the Bow Valley!
Written February 26, 2020
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Gra
Ruthin, UK64 contributions
We stopped here by chance as we were passing on our way to our hotel. The views across to Banff, Sulphur mountain and teh surrounding peaks was stunning, and we were equally thrilled to watch a herd of Elk crossing the raging river, all of us cheering the youngsters on as they battled the water. A very easy trail and quick stop for photos.
Written July 15, 2022
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Mark K
Edmonton, Canada286 contributions
What the heck is a hoodoo is listed on the information sign by this beautiful landmark. hoodoos are very neat and you can even hike to see them upclose. We just took the path and saw the amazing Bow Valley for a short 10min walk. Worth the walk, and snap, snap pictures.
Written September 10, 2020
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Golden_Amik
Red Lake, Canada137 contributions
We took this hike, starting from our campsite at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Park. It is an easy walk, without too much change in elevation. There are 'red chairs' along the way, that are perfect for a rest and a photo opportunity. We walked with our dog along the path and could see that horses frequent part of the trail. The hoodoos are few and not as spectacular as Drumheller, but interesting to see all the same. The lookout allowed for sweeping views of the Bow River Valley with signs that pointed out which peeks are which. If you have time and are able, I recommend this walk.
Written January 20, 2020
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MartinDee
London, UK921 contributions
I started from the town centre taking the Bow River trail to Surprise Corner and then picked up the Hoodoo Trail towards Tunnel Mountain, finishing the 5km journey in about 3 hours, with dozens of photo stops along the way. You can take the No.2 bus from the camping ground back down the hill to town. It is free in that direction.

The Bow River trail (on the opposite side of the river to the Bow Falls trail) gives nice views of the Banff Springs Hotel from across the Bow River. I also spotted some Elk on the side of the road.

The Hoodoos trail section sees the river meandering through meadows and woods with more ease than me, as the last part is quite steep up towards Tunnel Mountain campsite. But it is worth it for the view at the top from any of the several viewing points. In the foreground are the strange rock formations known as the Hoodoos, but the backdrop of glistening water and towering mountains is quite possibly the most spectacular mountain view I have ever seen.
Written September 12, 2019
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Cyrribrae
San Diego, CA17 contributions
Friends
So, let me start by admitting.. I didn't do the whole trail. There's actually a parking lot right at the end of the trail on the outskirts of town, by Campground 1, on Tunnel Mountain Dr. From there, you get just a short 5 minute walk filled with spectacular views of the Bow River and the valley. I came right around sunset, and it was just amazing. Highly recommended if you're not into doing the whole hike, but still want to experience the view. (In my defense, I didn't know it was a whole trail until I came here. The park ranger at Lake Louise told me to do it this way.. so.. you know.. her fault. She was cool, though, so it's not really her fault.)

The hoodoos themselves aren't super spectacular (especially compared to something like Hoodoo National Park in the US), but as one part of the natural scenery? Fantastic and well worth the detour. Highly recommended if you have a spare 20-30 minutes to burn somewhere in your schedule (we ended up spending close to an hour because it was at the end of our day and was just a great place to relax).
Written May 22, 2018
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Sara C
Canada97 contributions
Friends
I absolutely loved this trail, it was everything, that I had conjured up in my mind whilst planning our road trip, and more. But, I must admit we did have some issues locating the starting point of said trail... Mostly because our guide book called this trail "Bow River and Hoodoos Trail" and the "Bow Falls Trail" is in such close proximity that it got all muddled up in our heads, to the point that we ended up confusing one for the other and going in the wrong direction... Bright side: we got to see Bow Falls. So, Bow River and Hoodoos Trail starts before the bridge, NOT after it (you need not cross the bridge - not unless you want to see Bow Falls), near Banff Centre - Buffalo Street. You'll be walking riverside for the first portion, with some of the most grand houses' backyards facing the trail. After a slight incline and narrowing of the trail you'll have to walk on a paved road until you reach the parking lot (which everybody knew about but us, apparently) and from there you'll be taking the steps down into a mossy meadow riverside, from there it's fairly easy hiking with some alterations here and there. Keep your eyes open for amazing views across the river. Sadly, I must confess that we did not have enough time to complete this trail. It was already late when we started the trail and by the time we had gone 3/4 of the way it was nearing dusk. We decided to turn back instead of trying to find our way out in the dark. Nevertheless, what we saw, what we experienced was enough to leave a lasting impression. The lush greens, the riverside breeze, the mountain view across the river - it was all so calming and refreshing. The perfect place to recharge! Now, we did see the hoodoos the following day, when we stopped at a view point on Tunnel Mountain Dr., and yes, we kicked ourselves for not completing the trail the evening before. We were that close! But, safety trumps pretty. The hoodoos were an amazing sight, nestled on the side of the mountain. It's impressive and amazing what corrosion (from rain and wind) can create out of limestone overtime. Be prepared if you're hiking this trail in the evening, as we did, for cooling temperatures - due to riverside breeze and setting Sun.
Written November 12, 2017
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Joel G
Vancouver, WA124 contributions
This is a paved pathway to see a sweeping view of the Bow River Valley. There are signs that explain what 'Hoodoos' are and how they are formed. It's a walk, not a hike, so it's easily accessible to all.
Written October 20, 2019
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