by Peter Orpsal
I love riding the Tunnel Loop; it makes for a great outing each and every time. Monday night I took a spin on this wicked little singletrack located in Banff up on Tunnel Mountain. A favourite with the locals, this 10km fast and super flowy route is made for those that love to get their flow on. This trail is well maintained and classifies as a x-country intermediate ride. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and half to complete - maybe quicker for those super athletes among us, or for those being chased by a bear – and offers some of the best views of the Hoodoos and the river valley below.
Don’t be surprised to run across elk and deer; while the real possibility of sneaking up on a bear during your outing also exists. It’s advisable to ride with a buddy or two and to make lots of noise on the remote sections of the trail. And always carry bear spray. The Tunnel Loop is well marked and can be linked with The Toe trail – an advanced section for added challenge and fun. Follow the black markers for The Tow, or stay on the blue marked Tunnel Loop for the duration of your ride. Don’t forget to bring your camera if you’re visiting our lovely Town, as you are sure to get some spectacular photos of the surrounding valley and mountains. Tunnel Loop trail information, including map and photos, can be viewed by clicking here Happy Trails!
Peter (Pete) Oprsal is the creator and owner of bikepirate.com, a website for those “looking to get the latest dirt on trails to ride in their area.” Living in the Bow Valley for close to six years now, Peter has been mountain biking since he could walk. Those early days on a bike were not his finest moments, but since he has become an accomplished rider who is more comfortable navigating the mountain trails on two wheels rather than on his own two feet.
Through bikepirate, Peter hopes to attract more people to the sport of mountain biking; by providing mountain bike enthusiasts with useful and accurate trail information on places to ride.