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Easy Walk


1 to 1.5 hours / 4.5K return

Elevation Gain



Trailhead: Located on Tunnel Mountain Road next to the Tunnel Mountain Campground 3.5kms east of Banff. Banff National Park


Description: Hoodoos trail is more of a walk than hike. Locate the trail alongside the road just below the campground. The trail leads west into Banff 3.5kms away and 1km east towards the Hoodoos. Large sections of the trail are paved and very crowded.

Another option is to park in the lot located a hundred Meters away from the hoodoos. Views of the Bow Valley and the north face of Mount Rundle are beautiful. The world renowned Banff Springs Hotel can be seen just west of here.

Hoodoos are formed by several years of erosion. They consist of soft and hard layers of rock and sand. The trails around the Hoodoos are well worn and I’m sure the crowds of people have accelerated the erosion. Due to it’s close proximity to Banff and the enormous Tunnel Mountain Campground the trail receives thousands of visitors per day especially during the peak tourist season.

There are several benches located on wooden deck lookouts. Don’t forget your binoculars. There are several Deer and Elk located in the area that appear tame to humans. It’s wise to keep your distance especially during rutting season. This Is Bear Country.

Bow Valley Parkway Map PDF

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1.0Very Bad
Mark Townsend

This is a short walk. I found the hordes of tourists to be overwhelming.

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