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Hoodoos Hike

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Level: Easy Time/Dist: 1 to 1.5 hours / 4.5K return Elevation Gain: 60m

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

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.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Tunnel Mountain, Two Jack Lake, Bow River and Three Sisters Campground. Trailheads to Taylor Lake, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Aylmer Lookout, Lake Minnewanka, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Johnston Canyon, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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