Albertawow

Ha Ling Peak Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 3 to 4 hours / 6.5K return Elevation Gain: 712m

Trailhead: 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.

Description: 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 late March.

Near Here: 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 Mount Lady McDonald, East End Of Rundle, Mount Yamnuska, Prairie View Mountain Bike or HikeMount Baldy, Aylmer Lookout and Lake Minnewanka are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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