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“Great views close to town”
Review of Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Peak
Ranked #3 of 61 things to do in Canmore
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Four hours round trip on the steep dip slope of the mountain to summit both Ha Ling and Miner's Peak. Be sure to go to Miner's Peak to get as good a view and be away from the crowds. We were up on a Sunday, which explains the crowds. Hiking poles were a nice extra to have for the trip down. Take extra water - it is strenuous.

Thank Chuck B
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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.

Thank Sanae K
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Reviewed August 23, 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.

3  Thank canadian-eh777
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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.

Thank beanerbear
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Reviewed August 8, 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.

1  Thank Stevina
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