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D5: EasyScramble -- Ha Ling & Miner's Peak

 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


• 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). 


Where: K-Country

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:

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. 


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  • Scott I.

    Hey, slightly embarassing, I'm not late...just extremely early... At least it's nice and sunny here at Goat Creek :p

    May 17, 2014

    • morley

      great to see you out there!!

      May 19, 2014

  • Alison

    Awesome day everyone!

    May 19, 2014

  • Deirdre

    It was a fun hike with great company!

    May 18, 2014

  • morley

    Great day

    May 18, 2014

  • Alina

    amazing day hiking! great group, good laugh, ...delicious meal too...we devoured an elk afterwards and finished the Albertan potato stash.! thank you morley for organizing the trip.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Blaine B.

    very sorry guys, picked up a minor foot injury this evening. I tried walking around in my hiking boots but no go. I will try again tomorrow morning and if it is better I will come but officially I am out. Darn I have always wanted to do Ha Ling... Have fun everybody.

    May 16, 2014

  • HelenH

    sorry, not feeling well. have fun!

    May 16, 2014

  • Scott I.

    Hey, would love to join and wanted to check on that whole max10 people. By 10 you really mean 19 right? :)

    May 16, 2014

    • morley

      Hey Scott please come if you wish.

      May 16, 2014

    • Scott I.

      Right on! Does anyone have carpool room for one more?

      May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Morley, I hurt my leg at hockey yesterday and now I'm feeling tentative. Will let you know for sure tomorrow morning.

    May 15, 2014

    • morley

      Ok Mark, please come if you feel ok.

      May 16, 2014

  • Dean B.

    I have room for 3 in my truck.

    May 15, 2014

    • morley

      great stuff, please come.

      May 16, 2014

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Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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