The hike to the summit of Ha Ling Peak in Canmore has been closed for over a year to undergo major upgrades to the trail to help avoid erosion and keep people hiking on one trail instead of the braided system of trails that had formed over the years as the trail became more and more popular. There is a good reason that Ha Ling is so popular, the views from the top are absolutely stunning and it's only three kilometers from the trailhead to the summit. Don't be fooled by this hike however, as it is very steep and very exposed at the top. It was incredibly windy on the evening that we took on this trail for the first time and a winter storm was brewing for the following day. The trail is beautifully built with lots of stone and wooden stairs and signage that lets people know to stay on trail and where to avoid stopping because of avalanche danger. The trail crew really did an amazing job and created a unique hike quite like any other I have done in the mountains. It is truly impressive to see just how much work has gone into affording people the opportunity to hike up this incredible and iconic Canmore mountain. It's great to see it from so many different angles from town now and be reminded on a daily basis of the adventurous and beautiful evening that my friend Dave and I spent high above our home of spectacular Canmore, Alberta.