Distance: 4.4 km
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 90 m
Elevation Loss: 102 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
The Bow Falls/Hoodoos Trail can be ridden in either direction. It is a short singletrack trail which takes you down towards Bow Falls, or up from the falls to the second Tunnel Mountain parking lot located on Tunnel Mountain Road. It’s a great trail for families to enjoy, especially when descended to the falls.
Expect incredible views of the surrounding mountains and the river below, along with a short exposed ridge section on Tunnel. The trail is well marked; just follow the orange arrows.
I recommend riding the trail from the Tunnel Mountain Rd. parking lot, down towards Bow Falls, ending at “Surprise Corner” which offers some incredible views of Fairmont Banff Springs. This option is much easier than having to ride up a short, but steep, section on the east end of the trail – this section is very short and can be easily walked if beyond your ability to ride up or descend.
TRAILHEAD | N51 11.369 W115 31.938
The trailhead is located on Tunnel Mountain Road at the second parking lot. When riding/driving from town the parking lot is located on your right-hand side. Park and look for the singletrack trail heading west from the car park. Orange arrows point in the direction of the trail; there is a trail map 100 metres west of the parking lot to help get you oriented.
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