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Tunnel Mountain Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (4)

Extremely popular trail with great views of Banff and spectacular mountains.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

5,316' 1,620 m

High

4,680' 1,426 m

Low

833' 254 m

Up

395' 120 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Wide, mostly even path

Limited parking at official trailhead. Parking is available in town (Banff). Pedestrian-friendly side streets provide a good approach to the trail.

Need to Know

There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

Description

Tunnel Mountain Trail is easily accessed from the town of Banff and is very popular with hikers and trail runners. The trail allows constant views of spectacular mountains, the Bow River, and Banff. The trail is wide and hard-packed, and is very well maintained by Parks Canada. There are some long, steady inclines, but it's worth the effort. Bring a snack to eat at the top while taking in the view. (There is no tunnel! The railroad once planned a tunnel but went around instead.)

Flora & Fauna

Elk and white-tail deer frequent the area and may be seen from the trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mary Huggins

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 4 votes

#4

in Banff

#7494

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  4.5 from 4 votes
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Trail Rankings

#4

in Banff

#47

in Alberta

#7,494

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View of Mt. Rundle from Tunnel Mountain Trail
Sep 20, 2019 near Banff, AB

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Oct 17, 2019
A P
3mi — 1h 32m
Oct 12, 2019
Lauren Sargeant
Sep 29, 2019
Amy Hartman
Laci's bachelorette
Sep 20, 2019
Drew Sigmon
Sep 6, 2019
Matt K
Great hike from Banff. Trail busy but easy to pass. No bathrooms. Great views. Trailhead not easy to find per map. Better marked at .6 and .8 miles. — 13h 46m
Aug 30, 2019
Peter Sneeringer
Steep but easy enough. Decent views at top of Banff and bow river 2.2mi — 1h 05m
Jul 4, 2017
Makena Wight