Walks listed with the most recent at the top. There might be some overlap between moderate and challenging hikes.
Situated in Hsinchu’s Wufeng Township, Mount Egongj and its neighbour Mount Niaozui offer a great day’s walking. Hikers can take in both dramatic views and photogenic forests on this enjoyable route.
This trail in Hsinchu County takes in not just one, but two of Taiwan’s Minor 100 Peaks. It is a fun, not too difficult half-day walk with a few views and temples along the way.
Although most of Taiwan’s giant trees are found in remote forests with permit-restricted access, there are some just a short drive out of Taipei which can be seen by anyone willing to make the climb. (And who wouldn’t be willing to put in a bit of effort to visit these venerable old spirits.)
When we signed in at the trailhead, the person manning the register said “the mountain is yours today, there’s no one else.” He wasn’t wrong. Mai Ba Lai is never going to lure the crowds in search of Instagrammable views, but it offers another kind of draw: quietness and seemingly endless forest.
This unexpectedly enjoyable loop just south of Shimen reservoir combines a fun upwards scramble with attractive views from the peak and a much gentler route down.
This very wild feeling trail leads you up a steep forested ridge through huge bamboo groves, into the domain of wild boars and barking deer, past hunting shelters and the traces of Taiwan’s period of Japanese occupation.
A many-layered mountain forest trail leads up to an old fortress and a slice of Taiwan’s history.
You’ll enjoy your food (and your bed) very much after this tough climb.
This climb is a great way to stretch your legs after getting carsick on all those windy mountain roads.
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