Ha Ling Peak

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Distance:
6 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
819 meters
Time required:
1 - 3 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

Drive to Canmore Alberta. Drive up highway #742, the Smith-Dorrien-Spray Lakes Trail towards the Canmore Nordic Centre. Continue past the turn-off for the Nordic Centre, keeping to the left. Continue on the gravel and park in the Goat Creek Parking Lot.

Hazards on trail

Careful at the top. Obviously you do not want to take the plunge over the edge. Also be cautious not to knock or toss rocks over the cliff edge as the cliff is very popular with climbers.

Hike Description

Ha Ling Peak involves hiking up the backside of the mountain. From the top, if you are careful you can look over the cliff which is probably a 600 meter drop. The photo is taken from the peak of Mount Rundle which is across the road.



The trailhead is across the the gravel road. From the road you climb a short steep incline and then cross a steel catwalk over the stream. The trail head is about 100 meters ahead behind a mechanical shed. The first couple of kilometers is spent hiking through the forest until you reach the tree line. At this point more switchbacks take you across spree and loose rock to the peak. It can be slippery but no scrambling is required. Some wind shelters have been built by people who piled the stones into a wall.


Here is my photo of part of the valley and Canmore looking over the cliff of Ha Ling Peak.



Explore the area by following the link to Google Earth.



Hike Photos

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