Distance: 9.7 km
Time: 45 min – 1.5 hrs
Elevation Gain: 124 m
Elevation Loss: 123 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
This superb x-country singletrack trail loops around Tunnel Mountain. It’s an awesome ride for the whole family to enjoy, or a quick lap for those more experienced. Ride up to it from town, or drive up and park in one of the many car parks located off Tunnel Mountain Road. The trail is very fast and flowy, offering some great views of the surrounding mountains, river valley, and the famous Hoodoos.
Tunnel Loop can be ridden in either direction. You can combine the loop with the advanced trail The Toe. To do so, please follow the black markers instead of the blue markers, when given the option. Adding The Toe to your ride will extend your route by another 6 km. This option is well worth doing for those looking to spend more time on their bike and wishing to take on more advanced singletrack. When riding Tunnel Loop, also consider incorporating Star Wars and Topp Notch into your outing, again extending your ride and seeing some of the most unique trails Banff has to offer. You will not be disappointed with the plethora of trail options found on Tunnel Mountain, so get out there and explore.
TRAILHEAD | N51 11.079 W115 32.847
Ride up Tunnel Mountain Road from town or choose to drive up and park in one of the many car parks located off Tunnel Mountain Road. The trailhead starts just past the Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets, 30 metres up the road from the resort and visible on the south (right) side of the road. A map and a blue trail marker indicate the start. Alternatively, you can ride the loop clockwise by beginning your ride from behind the Hidden Ridge Resort.
bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls
Tip: follow the blue arrow/marker to make your way around the loop. This trail is well marked.