|A good reminder not to shortcut and hurt plants!|
|Less tree cover now|
|Big POG posing by a gnarly tree|
|Looking north towards the hoodoos|
|Looking south over Banff|
|Tunnel Mountain Summit Marker|
|Tunnel Mountain Summit|
|We found the Tunnel Mountain Summit Geocache!|
The red chairs at the top make a fun photo spot. Some tourists try to match their outfits to the chairs, but we were just happy to have a seat and snack!
|The Iconic Red Chairs|
|Taking in the View|
Insider Tips: Pack a picnic as you will want to stay a while and enjoy the view from the summit. Lots of water and treats are also a must. Bear spray is highly recommended, but making lots of noise and hiking in a group is the best bear safety policy!
|Descending Tunnel Mountain|
Tunnel Mountain At a Glance
Distance: 4.6 km round trip from St. Julien Parking lot / 3.6 km round trip from upper parking lot (or 6.3 km round trip from Banff Avenue McDonald’s)
Elevation Gain: 300 m (948 feet)
Time: Allow 2.5-3.5 hours with young children.
|Tunnel Mountain Trail Map|
Trailhead: At the parking lot near Wolverine Street and St. Julien Road (see marker on Google map below). To make the hike 1 km shorter, you could park on Tunnel Road where the trail intersects, but there are only a few spots there.
|Tunnel Mountain Trailhead and Parking|
Geocaches: “Where’s the Tunnel” and “Tunnel Mountain Summit”. Both were near the trail and easy to find!
Bike/stroller friendly? No. The trail is for hiking only and is a bit too narrow and steep for sports strollers in certain sections, so bring a baby backpack for children that need to be carried.
Washrooms: No. The closest washrooms are at the Banff Centre.
Fun Fact: Tunnel Mountain used to be called Sleeping Buffalo Mountain.
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