This scramble offers nice views and is great early season training for bigger scrambles later on.
Scramble: Class 1 – Steep Hiking
Altitude: 2,408m (7,898 ft)
Elevation Gain: 700m (2,296 ft)
Ascent Time: 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: Mid-May to October
From the parking lot head straight across the road, up the hill and cross over the canal. At this point you will see a small wooden building. The trailhead starts just behind the building. Once on the trail just head on up. When you reach tree line the trail traverses far over to the right side of the slope then traverses back to the summit.
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Posted By: Andrew1214
- Thu Apr 11 12:59:19 EDT 2013
UpsideGreat early season climb. great view of Canmore and Bow Valley.
DownsideVery steep. No flat sections. What you go up, you must go down.
CommentDid this on April 9, 2013. Snow still covered the scree, so not the best time to climb. Great first summit of the season. Didn't notice until I was at the top how steep it was and then it was a challenge to find a safe way down. Will do it again once it warms up. Great trail for locals and visitors alike. A must do.
Posted By: CourtneyT
- Mon Dec 17 22:59:55 EST 2012
CommentLoved this hike! unfortunately I was too chicken to go to the very top, Just made it to the "swoop" in the mountain. Excellent workout, watch your footing and bring good shoes!
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Sat Aug 25 11:18:18 EDT 2012
UpsideOutstanding view of the whole area from the summit!
DownsideThe trail is a continuous uphill climb with no flat sections at all. Definitely not for someone who is out of shape.
CommentHa Ling Peak Summit offers an outstanding view of Canmore and the Bow Valley after a muscle aching climb up the Western slope. Hands are never required here so this is not as strenuous as some other routes in Kananaskis.
If you make it to the summit of Ha Ling, also take time to visit Miners Peak as well. It's only 50m up from the col.
Posted By: slickster
- Fri Mar 19 23:19:30 EDT 2010
Upsidegreat views good workout
Downsidesomewhat strenuous while in the trees, limited views
Commentthe trail is easy on a steady incline. the upper portion is more challenging with more snow (2 feet in areas in winter) and steeper (more scrambling). can be very windy once out of the trees, be prepared.
Posted By: jranger
- Wed Aug 26 12:46:31 EDT 2009
UpsideGreat workout; interesting hike because you have to watch your footing all the way!
CommentI wouldn't say this is "easy" - more "moderate". Bring poles and wear good boots.
Posted By: mogdarsch
- Thu Apr 09 23:20:09 EDT 2009
Upsidegreat view at the summit
Downsidenothing special until you clear the trees
Commentover all an excellent hike a good conditioner we went up in August nice and sunny in Canmore and a all out blizzard be prepared
Posted By: JanetCalg
- Sun Aug 10 17:21:03 EDT 2008
UpsideView at summit is outstanding.
DownsideAre there any flat sections?!!
CommentI agree with 'thegoofyone' that this did not seem to be a trail that would be classified as "easy". Once above the tree line, someone expecting an 'easy' ascent might be a bit intimidated by the footing to the top.
Posted By: thegoofyone
- Sat May 03 00:51:27 EDT 2008
CommentI love this trail. One of my favorites. View is spectacular but I wouldn't consider it "easy". It's more easy to intermediate depending on fitness level, especially with the scramble near the top and steep incline.