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“hike up mountain overlooking Canmore” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Peak
Mount Lawrence Grass | Spray Lakes Road, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Canmore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Canmore, Canada
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“hike up mountain overlooking Canmore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

reading previous reviews there is a diversity of opinion from very hard to nice chill hike. The cross country racing athletes frequently do this trail as a run/hike and would find it a standard workout - difficulty according to speed. If you don't hike much it would be hard. The trail is generally well groomed and is fairly continuous uphill but done in nice switchbacks. The trail dwindles away in the upper section but you can find your way to the col between the two peaks easily and then a little less stable footing and micro route finding for the 20-30 minute ascent to the top of Ha Ling. Spectacular views and you feel like you are (because you actually are) on top of a mountain - one that towers over Canmore, so a great objective for anyone - super athlete or new hiker with a goal to go uphill.

Visited June 2013
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“Endorphinated!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This hike was short but steep and challenging with many excellent along the way especially at the end!!!! In middle of the hike I got this huge motivation from all these endorphins that came into my body and it felt so good! Also half way through it started snowing, surprisingly in July and it was nice! On this hike mainly on the way down you can overcome your fear of steep downhill and being athletic and always having your hands free to catch yourself if you fall. You don't want to give the trail too much respect by grabbing every rock or you don't learn anything take chances and enjoy the moment!

Visited July 2013
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“Tougher than expected for family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I'm sure the hike is worth it but it is a climb! We expected a less moderately difficult given review guides times of three hours round-trip. Our kids were not up for the consistently steep uphill for the first *half* of the climb which would have taken us fifty five minutes had we not stopped for a bunch of rests. Halfway point down took 40 min with no stops. We did see two sets of Big Horn Sheep females and youngsters on the drive in and out, though, which was wonderful!

Visited July 2013
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Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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“fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

nice little hike and on clear days u can see calgary quite a bit of geocaches and breathtahking view

Visited July 2013
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“Tough hike, spectacular view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I would classify this hike as tough for the average person - it has a continuous uphill climb with no flat sections (700 metre elevation gain). It offers a great workout but definitely not suitable for someone who is out of shape. The last section is a scramble up the rock face with lots of loose gravel underfoot (hands not really required though). Good shoes are a must and many of the hikers had poles.

The first (and longest section) of the trail is a steep switchback through trees. The trees thin out as you ascend and the views of the mountains and the Bow Valley are amazing. It leaves you with that "so small" feeling. Even if you don't want to do the last section - the rock face scramble (beware it is slippery with no real path to follow) - you can still see so much. Round trip probably took about 4 hours.

If you are reasonable fit, this climb is definitely do-able. For those more experienced, it may be a good "warm-up" hike.

A couple of days after we hiked this climber fell 15 metres (50 feet) and was airlifted to a Calgary Hospital - just a reminder to be careful if you are inexperienced.

Visited July 2013
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