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 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: Strilsy
- Sun Apr 09 22:55:17 UTC 2017
Commenthas anyone done this trail in the spring time? Thinking of trying it in the beginning of May.
Posted By: RN4KIDS
- Mon Sep 26 20:20:41 UTC 2016
QuestionHi there fellow hikers!
I am taking a friend new to hiking out to ha ling peak this week. I have yet to do this trail. Are good shoes appropriate or should I recommend hiking boots? Do you need poles?
Thanks so much!!
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Posted By: teeny_trees
- Mon Sep 19 15:31:08 UTC 2016
UpsideSmall summit with steep ascent - great for those looking for a challenge and good hike to get into summits. Great view up top. Because it's a popular hike, its good for those that want to try solo hiking. DownsideVery popular hike, and trail can get incredibly busy - go early. Steep ascent may be a challenge for the inexperienced or those not used to the quick elevation gain...poles may be needed. Lots of exposure at the top, ensure you bring a jacket or a thermal layer. CommentDid this hike solo and overall hike time was just under 2 hours and 15 minutes). It may take longer for others but if you pace yourself accordingly and take breaks as needed, the push forward is worth it and the summit gives rewarding views of Lawerence Grassi summit (also another great hike) and Canmore down below. There is a lot of exposure to wind once out of the treeline and I recommend that you bring a windbreaker or thermal layer.
Although small, it is steep and gains elevation quickly. The hike is easy in that the trail is well beaten in, easy to follow, and with no technical scrambles - what increases the challenge though is the steep gain in elevation.
Strongly recommend you do this hike early as this trail is popular and gets busy very quickly. Summer is especially busy.
Posted By: chrisgab
- Mon Aug 01 04:31:56 UTC 2016
UpsideAMAZING VIEWS! About 2 to 2 1/2 hours to the peak. Good trail through the trees, with excellent ground (mulch, not rock), and only exposed for the last 30 minutes. Easy to follow trail, no getting lost on this one! DownsideVery popular, so get on the trail early! Stay away from the edge at the top - watch your kids and watch your dogs! CommentTry and pick a dry day with no rain, so you're not slipping on the last part of the hike. Take lots of water. Rest often on the way up - no shame in that! You will see views from the top that most people have not and will never see. Treasure it.
Posted By: student0916
- Sat Apr 02 19:13:15 UTC 2016
QuestionHas anyone been up there in the last week or so? I want to take some friends that are fairly inexperienced and would likely not be comfortable with ice and lots of snow on the summit. ANSWERS are in this forum: Trail Conditions
Posted By: Eplico
- Sun Jan 24 02:38:55 UTC 2016
UpsideThis was a great hike and after the flood (2013) if your in any form of a decent fitness shape your not going to need poles or boots my 10 year old did it no problem its easy and only 3/2 hours DownsideSuper busy and a bit steep CommentIt is really windy at the top some days but some days no wind at all as well 2 thirds are in trees
Posted By: UnBoogie
- Fri Jan 01 02:05:29 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful view. Excellent challenge on the ascent. DownsideNeed to be in decent shape. Very steep the whole way especially in the snow. Need poles both ways especially down. I was able to get away without poles until the scree section but would recommend them the whole way. CommentGreat hike. Certainly a challenge for what is classed as a beginner hike. Windy up top as expected so bring a shell. Poles are necessary on the way down. Certain sections if you slip may be hard to stop yourself. Popular hike and I met a lot of nice people. Highly recommend this one.
Posted By: sylvia
- Mon Aug 03 01:28:58 UTC 2015
Upsidegorgeous views, great work out and variety of terrain to challenge even experienced hikers. Bring poles for the down hill hike and definitely wear hiking shoes. DownsideNot recommended for short nose dogs like boxers who tend to overheat. Do not think for a second that you don't need hiking shoes. You need it! CommentDo not bring short nose dogs like boxers. My boxer even with plenty of water nearly died of heat stroke. It was a very warm day so keep these dog hikes on cool days. Leave the dog behind on warm days. There is no breeze until you get to the top, but this does not help much when you are sun exposed. Even with rest he could not cool down. I think we just got lucky.
Posted By: misskyrstyn
- Wed Jul 08 16:24:25 UTC 2015
UpsideBeautiful scenery, moderately difficult, distinct trail paths from foot traffic. DownsideSOOOO BUSY - we went in July and there had to have been hundreds of hikers on this mountain. CommentWe climbed the mountain for a stagette trip and it was really quite a beautiful hike. Relatively difficult at the top and several people had slipped and fallen as we started scrambling. Well worth the climb though.
Posted By: arussell
- Tue Jun 30 02:56:10 UTC 2015
UpsideBeautiful scenery, quiet, friendly hikers, plenty of places to rest, dog-friendly, rewarding. DownsideDust, lots and lots of dust near the peak from the rocks, sometimes the steepness was difficult to climb closer to the top (duh, lol), the fear of seeing a bear or cougar (although, almost no chance of that happening), slippery rocks at the peak (almost fell on my buttocks a few times), trail was a bit harder to spot near the peak of the mountain. CommentThis was my first ever real hike and I was totally out of shape, so I took breaks every 10-15 minutes. I didn't know how to properly walk up a steep heel (which is to walk on the balls of the feet), so the back of my ankles were hurting when we got to the top (but that was my own fault). I liked how many people were friendly and eager to talk to us on our way up and down. And most of all, I enjoyed the view. It is very rewarding. However, coming down from the peak on the rock trail was scary for me due to the rockiness and slippery surfaces but when we got back on the dirt trail, it was easy work from there.
Posted By: EversinCalgary
- Sat Jun 06 01:21:24 UTC 2015
UpsideThe view at the top is amazing, this was my son and mine first summit ever!!! DownsideIt was busy (on a Friday?) had to keep moving over for people to pass that were heading back down the mountain. CommentWhat a great hike and climb, we were not sure what to expect. This hike really does take your breath away, during the hike and once you reach the top. As my son and I are beginners at hike, we had a great time and would do this hike again, but know that we know what it feels like to reach the top, we plan on doing other hikes first. Took us 2.5 to go up, and lunch for about 30 minutes and then just over and hour back down.
Posted By: David Crowe
- Mon May 04 13:45:35 UTC 2015
QuestionIs the average ascent really 2-1/2-3/12 hours? Or round trip. That seems long for a short distance 700meter ascent. Another website said 1-1/2 hours up.ANSWERS are in this forum: Ha Ling time
Posted By: scunnin8
- Sat Feb 14 16:33:02 UTC 2015
CommentThis was our first ever hike in Alberta! Great for beginners, awesome view, and it's a popular one so when you are travelling it is a great conversation starter.
Posted By: Patbarbar
- Sun Nov 16 02:56:52 UTC 2014
UpsideStraightforward steep trail, trailhead easy to find, November snowy conditions made both ways easier. Not terribly busy at this time of year, saw less than 10 people all day. DownsideExposed smooth stone and rocks can be slippery, be mindful of disturbing snow on the scree, stay to the packed down trail. CommentWe enjoyed this hike on a perfectly sunny and blue-skyed mid November day. No wind until we reached the ridge below the peak. Hard packed snow made for an "easy" ascent and descent. We were able to hike in boots alone (no crampons, poles or snowshoes needed).
Took 2.5 hours to reach the top at a moderate pace and just short of an hour to descend.
Bring an extra layer for the peak!
Posted By: ailosvay
- Fri Oct 10 16:30:08 UTC 2014
UpsideGreat views of the valley from the top Downsidewindy as hell CommentWe did this hike in 3hr and 15 min with small breaks for food. We also took our dog and its a very dog friendly hike. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a moderate introduction to some scrambling.
Posted By: dogboy1969
- Mon Sep 01 05:25:27 UTC 2014
UpsideAwesome views of Canmore and surrounding mountains DownsideChilly at the top. Bring a jacket CommentHad a great hike up the mountain. Once you come out of trees the real fun begins. The hike was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be but it was worth every step.
Posted By: mud113
- Sun Jul 27 06:00:56 UTC 2014
UpsideVery nice views of the Bow Valley area A great hike for beginners and novices Very close to Canmore town site. DownsideCan be very windy at times Very busy trail in the late morning and afternoons CommentI was looking for a hike that was quite close to Canmore and cam across Ha Ling peak. This is a great hike to bring first time hikers on to introduce them to the various terrain you have to climb. The hike is a pretty steady ascent from the very start, although some may certainly find the last 25% of the hike to be rather strenuous as the ascent becomes quite steep, even before the final hike to the summit.
From the trail head you spend most of the hike heading through the trees and up various steep sections until you hit the tree line. Once you hit the tree line you'll get plenty of sun and possibly wind depending on the day. Once you hit the tree line you'll start the most difficult part of the hike as the trail is quite steep all the way to the ridge walk and ultimately, the summit. The last leg of the trail to the summit is a choose your own adventure of paths to take to the top. There is a well worn trail of sorts but it branches out and you can really take your own way up if you'd like to mix it up. This last section involves some very minor scree, plenty of lose rock and some minor boulder hoping depending on your route.
Once at the top you can either head back down or take a crack at the second peak which is a short hike East from the summit. There's not much at the second peak, but if you're looking to extend your hike a bit it can be worthwhile.
Of note, this is a VERY busy trail after about 10 a.m, and especially after 12 p.m. On my way down I had to work my way through a few traffic jams and lines of people trying to get through the more narrow parts of the trail. If you hit the trail during the summer months I'd highly recommend starting the trail before 10:00 a.m. and being down by 12:00 to avoid scores of people.
Posted By: ArchTyriel
- Sun Jun 15 17:30:57 UTC 2014
UpsideFairly easy ascent Great View Not typically much snow in May-August After the hike, go swim in the lake! DownsideVERY busy If it's rained, trails can be very muddy/slippery CommentThe beginning of the hike starts out in a heavily wooded area. It does not afford any great views until you've cleared the tree line. After that, you get a great view of the mountains to the West and when you finally hit the summit there is a gorgeous 360 degree view.
The top of the peak is a great place to stop for lunch but is typically very busy. When we went most recently, there was roughly ~25 other people up there. Can get very crowded!
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Sep 16 04:40:21 UTC 2013
UpsideShort and steep, great views very soon as you gain 673 m in elevation with only 2.6 km up. DownsideLots of people CommentI did that once 2 times and it's a really good one as it's close to downtown Canmore, great views of the Valley and Canmore, great physical challenge as it's pretty steep and last portion of it is cool as you get to scramble on slabs and scree. I think it's a good hike for beginners who wants to test their cardio and a bit of scrambling.
Posted By: merkleyj
- Sat Aug 10 04:50:14 UTC 2013
QuestionHi, I was wanting to go hike Ha Ling Peak as I have heard some great things about the views.
I am not familiar to the area, and directions to Ha Ling.
Can anyone provide me with concise, detailed directions on how to locate Ha Ling, that would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted By: Andrew1214
- Thu Apr 11 16:59:19 UTC 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
- Tue Dec 18 03:59:55 UTC 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 15:18:18 UTC 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
- Sat Mar 20 03:19:30 UTC 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 16:46:31 UTC 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
- Fri Apr 10 03:20:09 UTC 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 21:21:03 UTC 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 04:51:27 UTC 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.