Ha Ling Peak - Bow Valley Corridor - Hiking Alberta

 

Ha Ling Peak rises prominently above Canmore in the Bow Valley Corridor west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Ha Ling Peak, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

Ha Ling Peak is conveniently located just south of Canmore on the east side of the Smith-Dorrien Trail (Gravel road 742) across Whitemans Gap from the East End of Mount Rundle (EEOR).

 

Ha Ling Peak, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada 

 

Ample parking is available near Whiteman's Gap at the Goat Creek Day Use area across Smith-Dorrien Trail from hiking trail which ramps up the gravel road, crosses the small dam over the canal and proceeds past the brass plaque on the trail-head marker stone.

 

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada Mount Lawrence Grassi - Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

The hike consistently gains elevation on switchbacks.  The upper elevations become increasingly snowbound as the hike continues to the summit for lunch in the sun with incredible views of Mount Lawrence Grassi to the south-east and Mount Rundle to the north-west. 

The sheer face of Ha Ling Peak looks across the Bow Valley, over the town of Canmore, to sweeping views of Grotto Mountain and Mount Lady Macdonald in the Fairholme Range.  The scenery is spectacular. 

The traverse onto Mount Lawrence Grassi appears to be easily achieved but a short walk on the Ha Ling summit ridge to Miners Peak confirms the traverse is a scramble route and the Mount Lawrence Grassi scramble might best be achieved from an alternate route.

 

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada 

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada 

Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada Ha Ling Peak - Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

Ha Ling Peak is an excellent early season hike, best done in late spring or summer when snow is minimal or gone.

The ascent is a fairly stiff and sustained ascent of about 770 m (2,526 feet) over 2.7 KM (1⅝ mile) to the 7,897 ft (2,407 m) summit.

 

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