Tunnel Mountain Trail is a 4.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.5 km Elevation Gain: 266 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

Tunnel Mountain is a short hike to an amazing viewpoint on top of the mountain overlooking the town of Banff and surrounding scenery. The trail begins from Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. It follows along long, nicely graded switchbacks along the side of the mountain through the forest. Some of the switchbacks are steeper than others and some of them level out which provides a chance to catch your breath. There are some glimpses of the views along the way through the trees. The best views can be seen from the top of the mountain at the end of the trail. There are some bare rocks surrounded by forest which are perfect places to sit and admire the views overlooking Banff and the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is beautiful! Would recommend this short hike for a good leg workout and opportunity to see great views.

hiking
12 hours ago

It was a nice easy hike, roughly 45 mins to the top for us (noob hikers). A little bit of incline, but not too bad. Got there just before noon, not a lot of people. Dry, lots of shade. Nice view of Banff and the Rockies at the top (lookout). Dog friendly. My recording says I did a 96 km hike and went all over the place, obviously a glitch, lol.

hiking
21 hours ago

An easy trail without too much of an incline. Went midafternoon on a weekday and not too busy. Nice enough view but nothing spectacular.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! All up hill but it definitely seems more steep when you first get on the trail, then gradually the inclines become more gentle. This was my first hike of the summer so I was quite out of breath but I think it’s a decently easy hike to complete especially for beginners. Great views of the town of Banff and the surrounding valley

hiking
2 days ago

Love this trail. All uphill so it’s a good burn. The views are also really pretty, they have two chairs at the top you can sit on as well. Definitely recommend.

8 days ago

rating this a 5 because of the views and a great hike for beginners and a nice warm up hike. good place for picture taking. also, great for trail running

hiking
8 days ago

Did this hike a few times in the past two weeks. Very easy and super accessible as it’s right in the town of Banff. Lovely views on either side. Would recommend doing it for sunrise and/or sunset as it makes the views that much more enjoyable. The first newly-built path is VERY steep but the rest of the way up is gradual switchbacks. Recommended if you want to have a good town view - it’s even great at night!

13 days ago

Not a Pro... 30 mins up breathing like a set of bag pipes, barely any mud on the trail, nice and clean.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice easy one to run!

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snow
2 months ago

Taking poles and spikes will make the decent much more enjoyable.

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icy
2 months ago

Great short hike with spectacular views. The trail is icy and steep. Recommend trekking poles or crampons.

Icy, but fun. Recommend hiking poles or crampons.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

icy
snow
2 months ago

Great short hike with great views of the town. recommend cleats some icy spots

hiking
icy
2 months ago

A very easy trail, 30 minutes to the top if you get a pace on, you can watch the sun set and then walk back down just as it gets dark which is nice but it's an icy decent once the lights go out.

hiking
2 months ago

i was out yesterday afternoon when it warmed up. i made it up no issue with just my hiking boots. i descended with my crampons cause im a clumsy but doable without. reccomend shoes with some form of tread at the least.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail should be rated as moderate because it’s very steep. Other than that, it’s a short, easily accessible hike with great trails. The views are phenomenal! Spikes will help but they are not necessary.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice short family hike. Hard pack snow surface. Cleats recommended for the steeper sections at the top.

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snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Hard packed with a few icy spots. Regular hiking shoes- just took our time enjoying nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and relatively easy hike. Snowshoes not necessary but spikes would be appropriate.

hiking
2 months ago

Recommended: cleats Minimum: hiking shoes or boots Not recommended: casual footwear (will make you slip on steep inclines)

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Trail is slippery. Would recommend micospikes/ crampons. But can still be hiked without. Trail is not flat but not super hard. Keep your dogs on a leash!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike with a beautiful view of Banff.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Good, slow leg burner. Packed snow throughout and slightly icy in some places. Highly suggest crampons. Wore them and did not slip once. Forgot to hit record til about half a mile in . Would definitely do this hike again. Views of the Town of Banff and Mt Rundle are great!!

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Wonderful hike. Definitely take spikes/crampons at least for the very steep parts

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