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Tunnel Mountain

Best hike from downtown for views: 2hrs/Moderate/5km

The View Is Just The Beginning

Though a bit of a minnow compared to surrounding peaks, the isolated position of Tunnel Mountain (1,692m) gives it a superb vantage point for 360º views of the Bow Valley and Banff below you. Take a map of the area to identify local landmarks and surrounding peaks.

The trail involves 260m of elevation gain, follows a series of steep but well-maintained switchbacks, and can be icy in the spring and fall.

The trailhead, with plenty of parking, is on St. Julien Road near the Banff Centre. The round trip from here to the summit takes about 2hrs; allow 3hrs from downtown.

Family Hikes

Hike Banff

Banff In-a-Day

An easy intro, suitable for all

Banff Overnight

One summer night in Banff

Canada's Rockies In-a-Week

A classic 7-day itinerary with key activities in four parks

Canada's Rockies In-2/3-days

Canadian mountain classics in a long-weekend

Canada's Rockies In-2-Weeks

Five Rocky Mountain parks in one glorious 14-day loop

Text © Christian Williams

Images by Photo by D'Arcy Norman, Taylor McBride