A Ha Ling Peak Hike – Canmore Alberta (Chinaman’s Peak)
The Canadian Rockies have to be one of the most breath taking mountain ranges in the world and people from around the world travel to hike the glorious peaks. One such peak that is often hiked by professionals and amateurs alike is Ha ling peak in Canmore, Alberta. Ha ling peak stands out like a sore thumb amongst its mountain range. The hike is not the most challenging hike in the Rockies but is still not a hike to be taken lightly. I would recommend doing some smaller hikes in the area before attempting to ascend this peak.
Ha ling peak is located in western Alberta about an hour and half from Calgary in a small town called Canmore. The hike in total will take about 3 hours up and roughly 2 hours down. Luckily the sun does not set till well after 9pm during the milder months so starting this hike in the late afternoon is a definite possibility. As mentioned the hike is quite challenging that is very steep for the most part of the hike. Make sure to bring an ample supply of water and some snacks because it is very exhausting.
The Ha Ling peak hike has a lot of different terrain that will be encountered while ascending its peak. Because of this it is recommended that you wear layers and are prepared for rapid weather changes. The hike begins well below the tree line and you are surrounded by lush vegetation. The trail itself is hard and firm dirt with a lot of tree roots. Be careful of your footing and not to trip of the tree roots, many ankle injuries have been reported on this hike. This terrain will last for about half of the ascent of the ha ling peak hike and can be very challenging with many steep sections.
After trekking through the more bushy rutas de senderismo areas you will start to notice a mix of rock and trees. Trees are not as close together any more and are not as big. You can definitely tell the change in that the elevation has on the terrain and forest. Once you enter this area you will the trail becomes a lot more narrower and it begins to diminish into no trail at all. Be extremely careful for loose rock as it can cause you to be seriously injured. Also be aware of any falling rock that may have been dislodged by people hiking ahead of you. Ha ling peak and well any peak for that matter has a significant amount of loose rock that at any point could cause a rock slide. If you find yourself in this situation find a place to hide behind a tree of larger rock.
The final ascent is above the tree line and is bare faced rock with a significant amount of loose rock. There is no trail to the top and choosing your own line is your best bet. Again I cannot stress how important it is for you to be aware and sure footed because of the nature of the terrain. Also it can be very windy at the top and if you stand to close to the edge it could blow you right off. This has happened in the past so do not take this warning with a grain of salt.