Head up the Spray Lakes gravel road past the Nordic centre, approximately 6km's
from Canmore. Park at the Goat Creek day use area parking lot located on the
west side of the road. Ha Ling Peak is located across the road directly east of
the parking lot.
Cross the road and walk a short distance up a service entrance road, cross the
channel then head towards two power poles located near the edge of the forest.
Follow a well worn trail as it steeply climbs the south face of Ha Ling Peak.
Once you pass tree line, outstanding views towards the Spray River Valley and
the east end of Mount Rundle will keep you company. Continue on up loose steep
scree until you reach the summit. Caution is needed on the summit ridge, you'll
be standing on the cliff top of Ha Ling Peak's north face with the town of
Canmore located several thousand feet below. The north face is popular with
local rock climbers. Don't be surprised if you see climbers top out on the
ridge. Nearby Miners Peak is a short scramble located east of Ha Ling's ridge.
Descend the same way you came. Ha Ling was a Chinese cook for the Canadian
Pacific Railway. In 1896 he won a $50 bet for planting a flag on it's summit in
less than 10 hours. He did it in under 5 hours return starting from Canmore.
Fifty dollars was a handsome sum of money in 1896. Pictures below were taken
Local campgrounds include
Bow Valley Campground,
Elk Flats Group Campground,
Lac Des Arc Campground,
Bow River Campground,
Three Sisters Campground and
Mount Kidd Campground. Trailheads to
East End Of
Prairie View Mountain Bike or Hike, Mount
Aylmer Lookout and
Minnewanka are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.