Ha Ling Peak Summit Hike in Canmore

Canmore, just south of Banff, is an excellent winter town and a hub for winter sports. It is not as touristy as Banff and has a great mountain town feel. We stayed a couple nights in Canmore. We had an excellent hike up the Ha Ling Peak. This hike is a difficult hike but comes with excellent views. It is not very long so it can be done in under a few hours.

How to Get There

To get there, take Three Sisters Parkway, towards Spray lakes. Go several miles until Whiteman’s Pond near Goats Creek Trail. Just beyond the pond on the right hand side is the parking area.  Head up the trail until you cross the river and follow the path into the woods.

 

Hike Details

Our Hike: 3.7 Miles round trip, 2,556 feet gain, 2 hours 51 minutes

Difficulty: Difficult

 

The Hike

When we went, the trail was packed down with snow. The trail can get steep and icy on different sections. Depending on the conditions, it would be good to have ice crampons or snowshoes.

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

Parking Lot

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

Beginning of the Trail

The first hour is within the trees. From the start of the hike, this trail is very steep.

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

In the Woods on the trail, right before it gets really steep

About halfway through the trees there are really nice views of the valley below.

 

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

View to the right on the trail

Once out of the tree line, the trail gets very steep. There are sections which can be icy and slippery. Continue on the trail before arriving to a sharp left turn. At this point the scramble begins to the summit.

 

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

Above the tree line

During the ascent there are amazing full panoramic views of Canmore and the mountains south of Ha Ling.

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

View South of Ha Ling and Canmore

Right before the summit, there is finally a view north of Ha Ling. From here on up, it is windy and the trail is very steep. There is a small sign that marks the summit and end of the trail.

 

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

View of Canmore Close to the Summit

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

Looking Back across the scramble

Once up at the summit, the 360 degree Panoramic views of Canmore and the mountains South of Canmore are stunning. This journey up is short, but tiring due to it being a steep hike.

Ha Link Peak Summit Trail, Canmore, Alberta, Banff Canada

The Summit

On the way down, be very careful not to slip. Wear snow pants and be prepared to slide down in many sections. We had some fun with it and literally slide down half the mountain on our butts. This was one of our favorite hikes in Canada. Although not very long, it is extremely rewarding.

 

 

Published on 12/31/2015 by Beard and Curly.

 

 

Let Us Know What You Think? Comment Here...

Beard And Curly

Beard And Curly

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial