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Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

Nice hike with 2 waterfalls and hiking along a river to the ink pots. Very crowded however. Get there really early to get a parking spot. At the ink pots, eat a lunch along the river. Mountains in background are very scenic.

This is a gorgeous fun trail. Make sure you go early to avoid crowds. We did this in September and not many people went to the Ink Pots, so much less crowded, but coming back was very crowded around the falls. The ink pots are very neat. Love this trail.

Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

nice and short hike for our first in Banff, great views along the way and nothing difficult to encounter on the way. cleats made a huge difference because the packed snow trail was a bit slippery without them.

Beautiful in winter, slippery on uphills but fine with good winter boots and warm clothing. The upper falls are beautiful when frozen.

15 days ago

Neat little hike, did it with snowshoes but the trail was packed enough that you could probably easily manage without.

Amazing hike! make sure you bring crimp-ons. The waterfalls ate breath taking!

Great little hike with fantastic views! Short & easy, and seems to be a popular trail as there were lots of people.

Really nice. Took us almost three hours in the winter with a quick detour to view Johnston canyon. Really nice and easily done, not much elevation gain at all and easy for most hikers. Wouldn’t want to do this in the summer as it’s probably too busy.

Easy, beautiful but very crowded.

Great switchbacks and views!

on Tunnel Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful views of Banff and a great little hike to get your heart pumping, very low time commitment required so you can plan multiple activities in a day and still get a good hike in!

Beautiful vistas, quite a workout bring your walking poles

2 months ago

Long, boring slog through the trees for 90% of the hike with nothing to see. Starts getting interesting at the base of Eisenhower. The last climb that takes you from Tower Lake to Rockbound is pretty tough but worth the trouble. The cliffs surrounding Rockbound Lake are extraordinary.

Beautiful winter hike! But if you're not a very active person and just starting out then know that the full hike can be pretty harsh. It was my first hike of the year and I'm not a very active person and I walked out exhausted and in pain. But pushing through it is definitely worth it! But please, please, please BRING CLEAT ATTACHMENTS ! It is very icy in some spots and there's nothing worse then having your hiking vibe on and you're being held up because someone thought it was a great idea to wear Uggs or sneakers. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Can't wait to go back and do a summer hike.

It was great in the winter. Only advice would be to watch little ones near the rails because there is a lot of snow build up. We went in March last year, hiked the trail and had lunch in the snow. Two people ice climbing and other than that it was complete solitude. There is an amazing aspect of the Rockies in off season!

Great view at the top!!

3 months ago

Oct 12th // quite lengthy and the hike itself isn't super interesting until close to the lake. However not terribly steep so if one is in good company it's lovely. Boulder wonderland near the lake! Was a very snowy day but will definitely return to finish the Helena Ridge/Stuart Knob/Castle amphitheater.

3 months ago

The views are fantastic the entire hike. Initially you have changing perspectives of the town of Banff and then at the top you can see down both sides of the mountain into the valleys on either end. Yes, there are lots of tourists so don't expect this to be a place of solitude but it is great for what it is: a moderately sloped trail which is well maintained and provides incredible scenery.

Great place, but crowded

This is one of my favourite places in Banff NP. Yes, the canyon can get really busy so make sure you come early.
We did the hike up to the ink pots in late October and started at 9 am and saw maybe 10 other pairs of people on the trail as we made our way up. When we came back down around 1:30 pm it was already much busier, especially in the canyon. Contrary to what many people say, the hike up to the ink pots is definitely worth the extra effort! Although the trail is not super interesting after the canyon, the view at the ink pots is amazing. Make sure you come on a clear day so you can see the surrounding mountains. When we did the hike there was some snow and ice on the trail so microspikes definitely come in handy, even during fall.

4 months ago

Was a great hike did it in September, but long and steep but a great nature hike and spectacular views at the top inbetween mountains with emerald blue lakes!

Great hike! All up hill ofcourse up to the top of tunnel mountain with amazing views well worth it! Pretty easy hike, super good trail! And short!

Well worn, wide trail with some great views. Pretty steady assent so not the best for out of shape ppl but there’s lots of places to rest along the way!

One of my favourite trails in all of Banff. Definitely worth the lengthyness hike; completed it in approximately 5 hours in snow so plan it for most of the day.

A great hike and beautiful vistas to boot. We had quite a bit of snow on the trail but it only made the scenery even better with the Larch trees in full golden yellow mode. Rock Isle Lake really is a gem.

4 months ago

I almost like this more than Johnston Canyon as it isn't over crowded. Lots of cool bridges over the canyon.

Really beautiful both is summer and winter, but also very busy. The canyon is great for all ages, getting to the inkpots is a bit tougher but they are really interesting.

4 months ago

A nice easy one, either to start the season or to take kids or older tourists. Summit super early sunrise for an amazing view of sunrise over Rundle.

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