Ha Ling Peak

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Ha Ling Peak, formerly Chinaman's Peak is an easy walk/scramble in the Canmore area that also has technical routes on it's north face.

The peak can be gained by trail in just over one hour and one may also traverse over to Mount Laurence Grassi. This traverse involves route finding.

NE Buttress Route- Cross over the dam above Canmore and work up the scree to the NE corner of Ha Ling. We made this in about 9 full pitches. Dave Edgar and I were speedy as usual and did the route in about 2.5 hours. We passed one party en route which made the day somewhat less dangerous. There are plenty of climbers and a lot of loose rock on Ha Ling.

We ran down the trail on the back side and experienced a new set of sheep twins on the way back to the truck. This is a good mountain to get up in the winter for conditioning. Views abound, but so are people.

Elevation (feet): 7,897
Elevation (meters): 2,407
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.0333
Longitude: -115.433
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Calgary International
Convenient Center: Canmore, Alberta

Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 21 trip reports for Ha Ling Peak.

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  • Log #21645 - by SteveTheWeed on Apr 18, 2009
    Fairly easy walk to spectacular views of valley and neighboring ranges. I started from the Goat Creek parking lot at about 3:30pm solo and was down for 7:00pm after spending some time at the peak....
  • Log #20925 - by Les on Aug 01, 2007
    It was my first climb with my 12 year old son and future mother-in -law which turned out to be an eye opening experience.I was unsure of how my ambitious son would do on this climb and was pleasently...
  • Log #20881 - by Cheryle Battrum on July 16, 2007
    The normal route up the north face of this peak is technically easy, however route finding is a huge challenge, and this climb can be downright dangerous for an inexperienced leader.
  • Log #19589 - by an anonymous user on Sep 27, 2006
    We climbed the traditional route up the face. You are correct about the loose rock. Lots of good foot holds and handholds but you need to check on each because many rocks are loose. This also makes...
  • Log #19434 - by Joel Weder on June 17, 2006
    Bit of a damp day, but the rain held off. Kept most of the crowds away too. We did Ha Ling, then Miner's Peak too just for fun. Saw some climbers coming up the front face.
  • Log #19098 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 2006
    NE Buttress route: Cross over the damn above Canmore and work up the scree to the NE corner of Ha Ling. We made this in about 9 full pitches. Dave Edgar and I were speedy as usual and did the route...
  • Log #18036 - by Marc Allard on Sep 28, 2004
    do not wear dress shoes to climb this mountain, you may get smewere int the region of 8-10 blisters!
  • Log #18037 - by Luke Moilliet on Aug 05, 2004
    Ha Ling is a great peak to push yourself with. Jole D. and myself hiked it on Aug. 2nd at a steady pace and reached the peak (starting from the trailhead sign) in 53min 40sec and descended in 42min...
  • Log #18038 - by Clay Hellman on June 28, 2004
    This is a great hike/scramble that I would rate somewhere between beginner and intermediate. The view going up is OK, but the view from the summit is fantastic! Our ascent took 2h and descent took...
  • Log #18039 - by Damion Nokes on Feb 10, 2004
    Also did the attatched unnamed peak adjacent to Ha Ling
  • Log #18040 - by Ron Clipperton on Dec 25, 2003
    Six years ago when my daughter was six we hit the summit in under two hours, our first of many. Each year we go back, and have our picnic at the top. This year we were back four times and although...
  • Log #18041 - by Jacques Cyr on Nov 08, 2003
    Me and my partner Jean, were there to celebrate our 55th anniversary. We climbed the 12 pitches of Northeast Face. It was so great to be on the top after a 6 hours climb.
  • Log #18042 - by David Wolanski on Oct 07, 2003
    Literally just got back from hiking my first mountain! What an amazing experience! My wife and I just had to do it before we left Canmore and am so grateful she talked me into it. For a first timer...
  • Log #18043 - by Dean Perkins on Oct 05, 2003
    From dream to reality, a cystic fibrosis patient with only 40% lung capacity making a magnificent ascent due to determination, strenght of spirit, and fantastic teamwork with Jen and Dave Rodney -...
  • Log #18044 - by Barbara Fletcher on Sep 13, 2003
    After a few hours of steady ascent, suddenly the sky opened up and there was more rock than trees. The pathway had dried from earth into dust, roots replaced by scree. Solid ground was gone and the...
  • Log #18045 - by Rob Davidson on Aug 16, 2003
    This is an excellent first-time scramble for new visitors to the Rockies. It has great views of the Bow Valley and Canmore, and the north face is impressive. "To travel, to experience, to...
  • Log #18046 - by Lisa Artuso on Aug 12, 2003
    WOW!!!What an experience!!! I have been coming to Canmore for 5 years in the summer for the 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race, but this is the first time I have climed Ha Ling! I wish I had...
  • Log #18049 - by Craig Knelsen on June 21, 2003
    A steep trail through forest for 1.5 hours before reaching tree line. You can either take the circular route or attack in a direct line to the summit. Took me just over 2 hours to the top, just over...
  • Log #18050 - by Brent Rawlings on June 18, 2003
    If you are out of shape you will pay for this climb. The descent is more painful on the thighs than the ascent is on your calves. Take a walking tick, or more preferably, take ski (climbing) poles....
  • Log #18051 - by Dwayne & Wesley Richardson on June 17, 2003
    We went along with Wesley's Outdoor Education class, with a total of 14 students the instructor and myself. We reached the summit in 2.5 hours and cmpleted the descent in 1.5 hours. It took some...
  • Log #18052 - by Tim L. Helmer on Jan 23, 2003
    This is probably the most scrambled peak in the Canmore Alberta area. The peak sees visitors year round and on a sunny summer day is an excellent outing that can be accomplished in just a few hours...