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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lion Rock

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About 4 hours total. 1 hour from Wong Tai Sin MTR to trail head (#1). 1 hour from trail head to bottom of Lion Head stairs (#2). 1 hour to Reunification pavillion (#4). One hour back to Wong Tai Sin.
Difficulty: 7/10. Beginner hikers may find it tiring as there are quite steep climbs.
Appreciation: 8/10. City views are really nice.
Transportation: Get to Won Tai Sin MTR station, Exit B3. Really easy.
Garmin route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/201848657
Why it's worth it: 


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Off of Wong Tai Sin's exit B3. Take a right and go straight forward after the stairs and old ladies selling  Joss sticks. You will reach the mini-bus terminus.

Head left when you have reached the terminus and turn again left onto Shatin Pass Road. You'll stay on this road until you reach the trail head. I added a few key pictures along the way for reference.

Keep going on Shatin pass road.

Yep, still going.

Don't be fooled, you keep going straight through, still Shatin Pass Road.

And up you go. Shatin pass road all the way!

You will go by a temple on your left (nice and peaceful inside if you have a few minutes), Shatin Pass curves to the right, you follow.

You'll eventually reach this ornate Chinese arch. Just a few hundred meters to go on Shatin Pass road!

That is the trail head (marker #1 on the map). If you keep going on Shatin pass for another 20 or so meters, there will be  a store where you can replenish your supplies before starting on the trail. There are washrooms there as well. Once you are ready to go, it will be up hill for about half of the next hour.

About one hour in (a few hundred meters have mile post M104), marker #2 on my map, you will reach an intersection which offers you to climb to the Lion Rock, or bypass it altogether. Head left and climb up. Otherwise, you'll miss all the nicest views.
After about 20 minutes of quite steep climb, you'll reach the first mountain crest (#3). at 495meters. Soak in the view and when ready keep walking on the crest. It may look like the trail stops but it doesn't. Keep going. Just be careful on the way down as it can be slippery. You'll climb the next peak.

Keep going,. In front of you is the Lion Rock!

On the left, you can climb up if you want to say you truly went on top of Lion Rock.  The  trail however, continues on the right. On your way down, keep on eye on the Lion Rock in the back as you may see rock climbers scaling the peak.

About another 40 minutes down-hill walk and you will reach the unification pavilion (#4) which is also where the Lion Rock bypass trail joins with yours. This is pretty much the end of the interesting part of the trail (ie when one start making dinner plans!)

Take the first paved rail on the left of the distance/direction post. All the way down. About an hour to Wong Tai Sin now.

There may be a few tempting intersections; stay the course on the paved trail.

End of the trail. You are pretty much at the entrance of Lion Rock park. Quite nice I am told. Head left down the road.

About 50 meters down, take short-cut stairs on you left. You will reach Chuk Yuen Road. Head left on Chuk Yuen.

Chuck Yuen Road.

You'll reach at set of lights about 200 meters on Chuk Yuen Road. Cross the street and forward into  Ma Chai Hang Road. There will be a park on your left.

Keep on the sidewalk. After the roundabout, the road becomes Wong Tai Sin Road. Keep going.

You'll reach a set of lights on Wong Tai Sin road and across, the road, you'll see a pink gate (Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate). Cross the street, go through the gate and down to estate's piazza. Go right through the estate. There are MTR signs for you to follow. Get into the shopping plaza and there will be further MTR signage. You'll be back to exit B3.