Tunnel Mountain

Banff, Alberta

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3 Reviews
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Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, “the view will never be forgotten.” He went up Tunnel in 1900, his first climb in the Rockies. A year later, he made the first ascent of Mt. Assiniboine. Thus in one year, Outram became the first man to climb both the highest and perhaps the lowest summits in Banff Park. Most of the grade is easy-to-moderate; there are a few short-steep sections, especially near the trailhead. This is a walk for all seasons. So many people now do this trip from the Banff Centre in winter, that the trail is usually packed. The west-facing slope at the start loses snow early, so except for a few weeks when the path is icy this trail makes a great spring training climb to get in shape for longer trips. On a hot summer day, this trail with cool shady sections and scenic openings provides delightful hiking. Be wary of the sheer cliffs near the summit ridge, especially if the trail is icy.

Tunnel Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, “the view will never be forgotten.” He went up Tunnel in 1900, his first climb in the Rockies. A year later, he made the first ascent of Mt. Assiniboine. Thus in one year, Outram became the first man to climb both the highest and perhaps the lowest summits in Banff Park. Most of the grade is easy-to-moderate; there are a few short-steep sections, especially near the trailhead.

This is a walk for all seasons. So many people now do this trip from the Banff Centre in winter, that the trail is usually packed. The west-facing slope at the start loses snow early, so except for a few weeks when the path is icy this trail makes a great spring training climb to get in shape for longer trips. On a hot summer day, this trail with cool shady sections and scenic openings provides delightful hiking. Be wary of the sheer cliffs near the summit ridge, especially if the trail is icy."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunnel Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

5/16/2009
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Expect it to be busy on a nice day. Good views and great for familys or beginners. Dogs allowed on leashes.


8/12/2007
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This seems to be a favorite hike of locals, but it's also a great first hike for those just arriving to Banff. Gives you a great view of the townsite, valley, and the Fairmount. Stunning views of Mount Rundle await you at the top. The backside of this tame-looking mountain will surprise you as well (particularly when you view it later from the Hoodoo Trail overlook on the other side of the river).


8/15/2003
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Great quick hike. Comprised of a steady incline, this hike is a heart pumper. It's just on the edge of town, and offers great views of the river and Banff Springs hotel and golf course.



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