Simon and I stopped in Canmore this past summer to two of our friends. Friends who graciously allowed us to shower and do a load of much needed laundry. We asked about a great/quick hike to do while we waited for our laundry to get the mud and dust of Yellowstone out of our clothing and they suggested Ha Ling Peak.
It was a great choice and a perfect challenge after a few days off from any sort of exercise. The hike was basically a scramble up the south side of the peak, as the north side is a sheer cliff.
A steep, and somewhat challenging climb, I ended up shimmying up toward the top peak on my bum, while Simon, the mountain goat, quickly footed his way to the top.
The view of the town of Canmore was quite rewarding at the top, just be very careful when you have a peak (pun intended), it’s really just a sheer drop on the other side. Sadly, we learned just after we completed the hike that a young man died the morning before.
Altitude: 2,408m (7,898 ft)
Elevation Gain: 700m (2,296 ft)
Time: We basically ran it, going up and down in 1.5 hours, but to enjoy the hike, I would say it takes 2-3 hrs.
Location: Access is from the far side of the road from Grassy Lakes parking lot. You can see the trail start beside a little wooden building.
Notes: Watch the weather, it can change quickly. We ran the hike mainly due to a sudden dark and angry looking cloud approaching. Just missed the downpour/lightning!