One of the most popular hikes in Banff National Park is a trail that takes you to the top of Banff's smallest summit - Tunnel Mountain. Its close proximity to town, easy-moderate switchback trails and its rewarding views of the Bow River, Spray River, Banff Springs Golf Course and the Fairmont are some of the reasons for this. There are also some amazing panoramas of the surrounding mountains - Cascade, Rundle, and Sulphur. On our hike we were lucky enough to see a number of chipmunks scurrying along the trails and six huge elk grazing in the forest.
The hike is 2.3km long with a 300m elevation gain and takes around 1 and a half hours to get up and back down.
To find the start of the Tunnel Mountain hike is easy. From Banff Ave, head to the top of Wolf Street, turn right onto St Julien Road for around 5 minutes and then on your left you will see a sign for Tunnel Mountain with lots of interesting information and a car park.