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“Memorable hike!” 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 #4 of 21 attractions in Canmore
Type: Mountains
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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“Memorable hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We did this hike a few years ago, and still talk about it and admire the photo of us at the top with Canmore far below. The trail was easy to follow and shady, except for the last scramble. It was a very good workout, with the reward of a spectacular view. Bring a snack so you can relax and enjoy before heading back down.

Visited October 2012
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“Very hard hike but spectacular at the top”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This is a very strenuous hike and should only considered if you have good shoes, no heart conditions or too young. A majority of people on the trail were adults. Only one lady brought her 6 yr and 10 yr old. Big mistake.

The trail starts steep thru a forest. As you go up you can observe the mountain and a river below. The path for the most part is not well graded. Often needing to go over tree roots or rocks.

The forest eventually thins but the path turns to loose rock. It is still steep with the added challenge of your footing is not right. As you move out of the trees you discover you have a long way still to go on bare rock. The day we were there we had the added challenge that it was windly.

We crawled up to the rock ledge to uncover the Canmore valley. Wow what a sight. It was a nice sense of accomplishment.

I was still not at the top. There was still a steep pitch to hike up. It was very challenging going up. You had to be very careful as one slip and your down the mountain. At the top I was rewarded with even better views.

After suitable picture taking I carefully navigated my self down. It was very tricky with not a clear path down. The was a lot of lose rocks which made each step challenging.

I would recommend this hike to adults and leave the young ones at home.

Visited August 2013
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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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“Hard but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Moderate hike was very hard for our novice hikers but our thirteen year old made it to summit with a great view overlooking canmore. If you are scared of heights, maybe not the hike for you. Took us 4 hours up and down.

Visited August 2013
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New Waltham
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“great views over Canmore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Park at Goat Lake trailhead, cross the road and climb towards the small building you can see on top of the embankment, cross the bridge over the canal. Following the canal, you will almost immediately spot a small sign in the treeline to your left, this is the start of the route to the summit.

The path is always obvious, and 75% of it is forested, so provides welcome shade on a hot sunny day. While a quite steep ascent in many places, switchbacks provide some relief. Trail is narrow so can get bottle necked when you meet hikers coming in the opposite direction. We ascended pretty early in the day and enjoyed a crowd free summit, but we passed quite a lot of hikers on our way down, so I guess this is a pretty popular trail,

Final ascent is very steep, in many areas on loose scree, with many faint paths leading for the summit, the summit is obvious from two signs visible once you break through the treeline, My advice would be not to keep taking the seemingly "easier" compacted trails that lead evermore to the left, but head up the the shoulder as soon as you can and finish the ascent from there.

Descent through the scree can be quite interesting, so walking poles might be useful, or, like me, just throw caution to the wind and just scree ski through it, fun but perhaps not for the feint hearted.

Visited July 2013
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“Spectacular: challenging but worthwhile!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

This was our favourite hike while in the area. We took our kids aged 9, 11, & 12 and they loved it and had no problems! I was the one who needed to take many breaks along the way! Take your lunch along and eat it at the peak. The view is just breathtaking and the joy in knowing you succeeded in climbing a mountain is just incredible!!

Be sure to take a walking stick or poles along...even more essential on the hike down the mountain. The entire trip took us just under 6 hours but we spent a lot of time at the peak! It was 2 hours up and 1 3/4 hour down. I definitely found the descent harder, but admittedly I'm not in great shape! My knees were pretty shaky by the time we got to the bottom.

We hiked this on a Tuesday and saw a bunch of people, but not too many. It was nice to be encouraged by those coming down and then on our way down to encourage the people on their way up :) just an amazing experience that I recommend to anyone! Take your time, take lots of breaks and enjoy the views :)

Visited August 2013
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