Tunnel Mountain Trail, Banff

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Hike Tunnel Mountain Trail for a rewarding view of the Canadian Rockies. At a length of 2.3 km (1.4 mi), the sloping trail remains mostly gentle but requires a moderate fitness level for uphill trekking. Once at the top, you'll find a compelling 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, river valleys, towns, and a golf course. Be sure to check the conditions of the trail before going and take shoes with good traction, as the rocks can get slippery. For Tunnel Mountain Trail and beyond, use our Banff National Park itinerary builder to get the most from your Banff National Park vacation.
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  • Best little mountain you'll ever hike. Pretty minimal effort for such scenic rewards. Good hike for the whole family right in Banff.  more »
  • This is a real quick and easy hike. It has excellent views of the Town of Banff and the Banff Springs Hotel. A round trip will take less than two hours. Well worth it.  more »
  • If you are staying anywhere near downtown Banff, Tunnel Mountain trailhead is a short walk right outside the main strip in town. It's 2.7 miles round trip, and while the ascent has some long stretches...  more »
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  • This quick hike rewards adventurers with spectacular views across the valley, both East and West. We took our 3- and 5-year-old up and back in an hour and a half. The older one walked the whole way. Be sure to wear secure shoes because the trail is rocky and gravelly in some spots. It's 1.8 km to summit from the upper parking area along Tunnel Mountain Drive, add 450m to lower parking lot.
  • Easy, short trail suitable for families. In mid June, the trail is completely defrosted and is entirely dirt or gravel. No restrooms or water facilities, so plan accordingly, but the hike is quick enough that being unprepared is usually fine.
  • Easy trail hike that offers great views of banff and surrounding area. Bring good hiking shoes as it is a forested path that gets muddy quickly, and can be icy up top. We rented crampons but they really weren't necessary except for the last 50 feet or so. Could easily be worse earlier in the season though.
  • We had a perfect weather for hiking even around 5pm. Early July with cool wind at the top. Lots of incline though. :)
  • Great view of Banff! Not too difficult a hike and the walkway is clearly marked and not that steep. Highly recommend views of both sides at the top