Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Banff National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

we stopped several times to take pics and play with the rocks, even with the 3 year old pace we did it in under 2h

Awesome, relatively easy trail! Like many have said, the first majority is paved, but there are some gorgeous views of the river and the mountain range. Once you hit the end of pavement, definitely worth it. Some beautiful moments along the trail, and it’s not terribly difficult.

Awesome trail for a quick hike. The views are rewarding.

Great views of Minnewanka for majority of the hike - it's at lot of kms but not technically hard. We did it in about 7 hours with a long break.. trail was in good condition, had to "move" the big horn sheep off the trail with loud noises.. no berrys or signs of bears yet....

Great hike. Good elevation and awesome views of Banff and surrounding area.

No snow no mud. The lookout was beautiful. It was relatively an easy.

First time on Tunnel, great little hike! Dry and busy. Amazing views

Took our 10 month old up in the pack and it was the perfect trail for that. Not overly exerting and great views. Very accessible and well maintained trails.

First time hiking tunnel mountain. It was a Friday evening at 6:30, the sky was clear and very little breeze with a temp of about 12c. It was prefect. Looked out to the east at the mountain range, Bow river and Lake Loiuse golf course. It was less than a hour with quick breaks. There’s a sitting area with two chairs but go further to the rock slab. Beautiful view. Had a nice snack and others took our group picture. The walk down took 25 minutes. Prefect hike.

11 days ago

Finally got to do this one. Nice little hike very accessible and trail is in great condition. Views can't be beat 2 hrs well spend.

States on the board an hour walk. It took us 20 mins. It’s a nice river side walk. Very easy!

12 days ago

Great hike with very nice views.

12 days ago

It was a bit boring to walk on pavement road to actual hike. Trail itself along the creek was good. A little bit muddy and icy. Did it in indoor soccer shoes, no problem.

Short, good afternoon hike

13 days ago

Good but too many mosquitoes in late summer

15 days ago

Loved the actual hike part at the end of the paved path. The loop is beautiful with stairs cut out of stone, little bridges and mossy canyon walls. Still some snow and ice along the creek but nothing impassable in hikers. I think this is an easy hike with the first 3k being more of a Sunday stroll. The paved path accounts for just too much of this hike to make me want to go again for myself but might take someone new to hiking.

20 days ago


22 days ago

Did this hike while it was still snowing. No need for snowshoe as the snow is quite compact. No view until the summit but the forest itself is beautiful, especially with the freah fluffy white snow

23 days ago

I hiked this on May 1, 2018. As previous reviewer’s have mentioned the first 3 miles are flat and paved so pretty easy. A little boring at first but when the trail runs alongside the river there are some beautiful views culminating in a clearing that is just picture perfect where you can see several peaks spread out in front of you with the foreground being several different kinds of swampy vegetation.

Once I got to the actual Sundance Canyon Loop I had to put on micro spikes as there was still a fair bit of snow and ice on the trail. You can probably get it done if you have sport cleats or some very gnarly hiking boots, but I sure appreciated having the micro spikes. The loop itself offers several small waterfalls, and a very nice view of Norquay on the way back down as you are hitting the switchback part of the trail

23 days ago

A pretty easy trail for anyone who is moderately able-bodied. And I saw plenty of locals climbing up with their dogs. Takes only an hour each way up and back. Currently on today’s date no crampons or micro spikes are needed

Not a bad hike by any means, but it was completely overcast and so there wasn’t a great view at all, but I’ll likely do it again and give it another chance.

The hike to the amphitheater is honestly a 2 star hike but jumps to a 5+ star only if you continue on to the Cascade Mountain summit. The trail below the amphitheater is mostly in the trees and doesn’t have any vistas or lookouts worth mentioning. If you’re like me, and want to see panoramic views, you must plan for more time and bag the summit. Mt Rundle from this elevation is simply breathtaking. In comparison to say Mt Temple, this is easier but takes longer because of the trailhead location, which is the parking lot of Mt Norquay.

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29 days ago

Nice ride, not a good idea for beginners. I’ve done this trail 3 times & would do it again! A lot of ups & downs, a couple water crossings. You can take the old transcanada highway back from Ross lake to make it a loop. The trailhead can be tricky to find as it starts off as a horse trail(very muddy and gross) behind the Lake Louise fairmont.

Great little winter hike - was tough enough for the short distance to keep it interesting. You can certainly do this hike without ice cleats in the winter/spring but we were happy we rented some- they did help.

1 month ago

We went on a Sunday and were surprised at how quiet it was. While we did see others doing the trail it isn't as hectic as other trails in the area. Spikes are recommended as there was a layer of ice under the snow. Views are gorgeous all the way up.

1 month ago

Fun! good warm up!

Great and easy little hike with stunning views. Recommend microspikes during this time of year.

Great hike for today, but it was really icy, so take cleats with you!

1 month ago

Great views at summit. Nice hike while waiting on skiers at Norquay. Did March 28 using microspikes. Spikes or even boots is all you need for current conditions.

loved this trail easy for kids and great scenery and pics

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