3 miles
Distance
59 ft
Climb
-59 ft
Descent
00:35:49
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Banff
    , Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #43909 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

Access Info

Trailhead: 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bow Falls - Hoodoos Trail bike trail
  • Altitude min
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,636 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,593 ft
  • Grade max
    -10.906%
  • Grade min
    10.081%
  • Distance climb
    2,237 ft
  • Distance down
    2,008 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,573 ft
  • Avg time
    00:35:49
  • Avg reverse time
    00:41:55
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Status:
on Sep 25, 2019
Dry
Avg: 2.8 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Clear / Green
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Bow Falls -... Trail Reports

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      Sep 25, 2019 @ 7:43pm
      Sep 25, 2019
      Not incredibly well marked and you need to walk your bike through various sections that are not set up for bikes, just hikers
      May 10, 2019 @ 7:46am
      May 10, 2019
      Apr 6, 2019 @ 7:09pm
      Apr 6, 2019
      May 6, 2018 @ 6:33pm
      May 6, 2018
      Jul 26, 2017 @ 9:37am
      Jul 26, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 43 rides
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      Sep 2, 2019 @ 9:28pm
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      Aug 31, 2019 @ 7:20am
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      Jun 24, 2018 @ 8:33am
      Jun 24, 2018
      62 |
      Jun 13, 2018 @ 8:19pm
      Jun 13, 2018

      Routes with this trail

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      Tunnel Mountain-Bow Falls Family Loop
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag josheim (Aug 11, 2017 at 20:03)
       Elevation profile is wrong
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag MLeier (Oct 6, 2017 at 12:38)
       Yes, elevation profile is wrong. This trail is pretty much continuous downhill from the campground, becomes fairly flat once you near the river and then has a steep uphill near the end with another steep up hill and stairs when you get to the parking lot. We love this trail (except for those last steep parts which required us to push our bikes up). It is a super fun way to get from the campground into town. Our 8 and 10 year old kids did walk a small portion of the steep downhill section and we did all have to push our bikes up the hills at the end but the rest of this trail isn't technica at all and is just pure fun!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag AndrewDe (May 4, 2018 at 22:03)
       First time riding this trail and happy to say that it’s all dry ????????
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag AndrewDe (May 4, 2018 at 22:04)
       Difficulty is moderate
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag aSliceofSam (May 14, 2019 at 19:04)
       Hiking trail with MTB option tacked on. Wide sidewalk like dirt bath. Except because of erosion there are mandatory stairs where the trail is long gone. This isn't really a must do in the area since there are real trails like the toe and Banff ave. Should be a green except for the ridiculous acends and decsends meant for hiking.
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