Tunnel Mountain Spring

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From near the top looking over the golf course

Writing this, I’m sitting at the top of Tunnel Mountain. It’s a warm June evening and it’s busy in the town of Banff. There’s a breeze blowing through the trees, strong enough that you can hear it. I’ve spent most of the day travelling about in Banff and Yoho National Parks, so it’s nice to spend some time outside now.

I did this hike back in September. That time there had been a light dusting of snow, but this time there’s no snow about and it’s much warmer.

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The trail going up

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Through patchy forest

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Windswept trees (Krummholz) near the top

It didn’t take long to reach the top, but it’s nice to get out of the busy town without needing to drive.

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Parks Canada’s Red Chairs

The trail switchbacks through forest, though it’s not too thick, so you can still take in the views on your way up.

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Views out towards the Vermillion Lakes

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Where I sat and wrote this post

 

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Looking over the Town of Banff

Having spent a little bit of time just enjoying the views, and writing this, I’ll head back down to the town now. Goodnight!

The total return distance for the hike is approximately 2.5 km (1.6 miles), from the lower trailhead with an elevation gain of roughly 300 m (980 feet).

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