Tunnel Mountain Hike | Banff

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After spending several days driving in a car, it felt really good to pump that blood around and do a hike.

If you have time for just one quickie hike while in Banff, or you're not crazy about climbing mountains, this one's for you. We walked to the trailhead of the Tunnel Mountain Hike from the center of downtown Banff. There are some pretty steep switchbacks for a bit, but it just means you'll get high up faster. From the top, you'll get to look out on both sides of the mountain ridge, see a great perspective of the town of Banff happily tucked in a valley, and a view of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel surrounded by endless woods.

Our reward at the end of the day—hotdogs and tomato soup for dinner. Nothing better than a warm bowl of soup as daylight slips away.

- Julia

Tunnel Mountain Hike (source)

Time: 2-3 hours 
Distance: 4.3 km (2.7 miles) round-trip 
Level of Difficulty: Easy/moderate
Elevation Gain: 300 m (948 feet) 
Starting Point: In downtown Banff, from the southern end of Banff Ave., turn east on Buffalo St. (turns into Wolverine) to St. Julien Rd. Trailhead begins on north side of St. Julien Rd.


  1. Absolutely amazing views!


  2. I just discovered your blog and I think it's going to turn into one of my favourites. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! I don't know if you've covered this anywhere but would you mind telling me which camera you use? I'm thinking of upgrading next year :)

    Alex - Blog

  3. Seems like an absolutely amazing hiking experience! May I ask which camera are you using?


  4. These pictures are beautiful.
    Seems like a truly amazing hike.
    Glad I found your blog.

    - Olga

  5. So beautiful! Love fire, forest, mountains...

  6. gorgeous!! Posts like this remind me of how much of my beautiful country I have yet to see! Must make it out to Banff soon :)

  7. Beautiful pictures! And the 9th looks a bit like Grand Budapest Hotel ;)

  8. Hi Mr and Mrs Globe Trot
    We love your photos. Beautiful.

  9. beautiful photos!! makes me want to go camping this weekend!


  10. Very nice! We just arrived in Vancouver a week ago, after traveling the US. A lot of rain here! We will be in Canada for about 12 month, so I think we will have to go to Banff as well...

  11. Gorgeous photos. what majestic views!
    where is your sweater from? it is so cute, i'm looking for something like that for myself.