Ha Ling Peak is the impressive pinnacle that rises above Canmore to the southwest. The trail winds up the backside of the mountain & ends up with stunning views across the Bow Valley.
This is a Class 1 hike as Ha Ling Peak is very steep. This is a demanding hike up a steep slope and there is a lot of elevation gained in a very short distance. You should be in good shape for this hike.
We will park our cars at the base of Ha Ling Peak, and east end of Rundle. The first part of the trail is in the trees prior to reaching the scree slopes.
Expect the peak to be windy
so dress accordingly. Warm layers are a must ( windbreaker, toques, gloves, etc.). How to get there: Head west out of Calgary on Trans Canada #1 to Canmore. Take the first exit into Canmore, and drive along the Three Sisters Parkway. From the Bow River Bridge in Canmore drive about 8.6km up the Spray Lakes Road to the Goat Creek parking lot. The road from the Bow River bridge takes you up past the Nordic Centre to Whiteman's Gap. Park in the Goat Creek parking lot (on your right) past the reservoir. Elevation Gain: 814M Distance: ~5.76 km return
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE TRIP DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP!
• CORA Organizers no longer accept cash at the trailhead! In order to join this event you need to be a CORA 2013 or 2014 member; alternatively, you can pay $5 and join as a non-member. Payments are done online (the blue link on the left. Type the amount of payment in the box. Smart phones don't have this application, so you need to do this on a PC/Mac).
Max: 10 people
Distance: 6 km (roundtrip)
Elevation Gain: 741 m (Calgary tower is 191m)
Hiking Time: 4 hours (only an estimate).
Difficulty: Strenuous hike on a snowy trail
Skill level: A good level of fitness is required to do this outing.
Hazards: Make sure you have the required clothing, gear, and conditioning
Weather Conditions: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/kananaskis
Driving/Carpooling: The trip starts at the trailhead, but as a convenience to the members, we will carpool in the designated city location
Please reimburse some gas $$ to your drivers.
Mandatory Gear: Backpack, waterproof hiking boots, gaiters, trekking poles windstopping shell layers, food and snacks, 2 litres of water, headlamp, sunglasses, toque/beanie, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits).
• Do not wear the following: Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers, work boots), cotton layers, small running packs. These are not appropriate footwear for hiking in the mountains. If you happen to wear jeans and non-hiking footwear, you'll be sent to home in shame :)
Cancellation policy: 24 hours prior to the trip.
During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer(s) and stick with the group. However, CORA trip organizer(s) are NOT certified mountain guides, but only experienced hikers volunteering and sharing their knowledge. As such, you are responsible for your own safety and equipment.
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO SIGN A TRIP WAIVER!