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Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wong Chuck Tsuen to Luk Keng via ancient trail

Duration: 
3.5 hours, 10km
Difficulty:
6/10. 335m elevation during the first hour, down and flat afterwards


Cel phone coverage: Mostly everywhere

Water needs: 1.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Abandoned villages, shaded trail with nice streams.

Transportation:
Bus 75k or 275R (holidays) from Tai Po Market MTR station. Return to Fanling MTR via green minibus 56K.


Why it's worth it:
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At Tai Po Market MTR, get out of the station and follow the underpass to bus 275R or 75K.
There's signage in the tunnel

Terminus is at Tai Mei Tuk. Go towards Ting Kok Rd and head left.
You will follow Ting Kok Rd for about 0.75km

Nice pond

After 10 minutes walk on Ting Kok Rd, you'll arrive here, at the Plover Cove Visitor Centre. Go up on the road that's goes around the centre, and back...

You'll see the Pat Sin Leng trail signage and map. That's where you start.

20 minutes walk later (1km), you'll reach this cross-road. Head left.

Go straight

Pwetty...

About 1:15min into your hike (4.1km), you'll reach this spot.
Go left (second left), staying on Wilson Trail Section 10.

Abandoned village (Wang Shan Keuk - 橫山脚)

You are 6.5km into your hike and you'll get to this 3 way branch. Go towards Nam Chung (straight).

Then it's easy-peasy; you just follow the directions for Luk Keng

Still...

Still...

Mostly there, just walk straight through village

And there you go. The 56K green minibus stop is right there.
And there's a small restaurant where you can get some snacks while you wait. 56K will get you to Fanling MTR station


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Qiu Feng stream trek (秋楓石澗 )

Duration: 
3 hours (more if you are going to take swimming breaks), 4km
Difficulty:
7/10. The waterfalls can be by-passed.


Cel phone coverage: Mostly everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Best after rainfall. Nice large pools for a swim

Transportation:
96R from Diamond Hill MTR right to Lady MacLehose Holiday Village stop (holidays only). Or get to Sai Kung, then take bus 94 and get off at  Lady MacLehose Holiday Village stop. Return the same way.


Why it's worth it:
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Lady MacLehose Holiday Village stop. About 20 minutes on bus from Sai Kung

Right off the bus, keep going on the road for maybe 50m, just before the curb (there's also a trail going up that you will see in the distance), cross the road and go down to the stream, right over the railing. Go down to the stream and head left in the water. There are 2 streams merging more or less at the entry point, QiuFeng is the leftmost one.
The first 200-300 meters in the stream is flat. No worries, it gets nicer afterwards!
About 30 minutes in (500m), you'll reach the first large waterfall which can be bypassed on the left (or climbed right up in the falls as I did). But, the water is so nice, take a few minutes for a dip! Don't litter! I'm watching you!
Bypass on the left again. Nice pool with clean water
You'll then arrive at the One-line-fall (一線瀑), about 1.2km into the stream. Quite beautiful when full but it does look a bit scary. Never fear, you have an option to bypass it on the right as there's a path getting you to the top of the falls. Or, if you feel adventurous, climb the falls as pictured above, on the left
Another nice waterfall and pool after. Last chance for a dip.
Can be bypassed on the left but trivial climb in the waterfall itself

Coming close to the end of the stream now. You can miss the rock formation with the stream gently dropping in the middle. Just climb the rocks on the right as pictured. 

Then, about 5-10m after that climb is the exit of the stream, on the left. It is marked with a ribbon. However, if you can't find the ribbon, no worries as the path is no more than 5m away so you can pretty much exit anywhere around that area and find the path. Head left on the path, back towards where you started.

You get on a paved road and you'll eventually see the trail signage on your left with stairs going down.
That's where you want to go
Next fork is here. Go left so you can reach Pak Tam road close to the 'Lady MacLehose' stop.
Pak Tam Au will also work but is going to be a bit more bus-ing
There you go, back on Pak Tam Rd where you head left and get take Bus 96R back to Diamond Hill MTR on holidays, or 94 back to Sai Kung

Sunday, June 25, 2017

HKU to The Peak via streams

Duration: 
2.5 hours, 6km
Difficulty:
6/10. Not very difficult but parts are overgrown and the thorny leaves and branches are really annoying


Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7/10 after very large rainfall. I would think that it is very unimpressive when it hasn't rained

Transportation:
HKU Station Exit A1. Return via bus on The Peak

Details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2285580812/
Thanks to Iurgi for the original instructions that I used for my own visit: https://hkoutdooradventures.com/2017/04/06/to-the-peak-by-streams/

Why it's worth it:


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Take the MTR to HKU. Exit A1, HKU FB level.

When out of the elevator, just go straight and cross the University grounds.

Behind the University, you'll see University Avenue. Take the stairs down to reach it, then head right.

Up the little hill...

The stairs to take will be on your left, right after the Chow Yei Ching Building.
Climb the stairs all the way to the top. Head right atop the stairs.

There will be many paths to your left. None to be taken. Keep going on the main path.

Similarly, many streams which may seem inviting... stay the course!

The first stream is about 1.4km from your starting point.

It is not too hard to find as there will be a flight of stairs on your right just before it.
Don't rely on the green boards being there. The stream actually has a well defined path following it.

Very pwehtty when there it has been raining a lot.

At one point, you'll reach a larger waterfall and the stream branches to the right as well, with the path following it. You will want to climb a few steps on the right, then take the path leading left to the top of the waterfall and to the left-stream.

From the entrance of the stream to the exit (pictured above), it should take you about 20-30 minutes. Head right. In about 800m (12-15min), you will connect with Hong Kong trail section 1

Keep going on HK trail section 1


Don't take stairs going down. HK trail section 1 I said!
About 3km and 1 hour walk from the exit of the first stream, you'll reach the entry point of the second stream. It might be easier to miss but one sure indicator that you missed it is if you get to the sharp turn in the trail

The second stream's entrance. One helpful indicator is the CW-28 sign on the left. Not sure whether that will stay there forever though...
This second stream is about 700m long from entrance to exit. Try to stay in the stream as much as possible as the thorny bushes on the edge of the stream are, at best, annoying. Also, stick to the stream with most water, when encountering a fork. In all cases, it will more or less get to the same spot. But it will be easier and nicer in a larger stream

You'll eventually reach that bridge on Harlech Road. You'll get some mesmerized glances from people walking by. Go under the bridge  and climb the fence on the left. That's it! Head right on Harlech and you will be at The Peak in about 1 minute.