This has definitely been one of my favourite hikes of the year. The walk starts with a reasonable climb through quiet and multi-layered forests to a peak that remained cool and breezy even in the summer heat. Then tracks down again to follow the playful Zhongkeng Stream as it spills and bounces it’s way through the valley. There are mountain views, grand waterfalls and even swimming holes to be enjoyed along the way. I will be adding this to my list of places to take visiting friends.
You can combine a visit to this photogenic rock outcrop with a not-too-difficult walk to a rather pretty Japanese shrine and end up right next to Beitou's famous sulphur valley.
A ridge trail which skirts the southern edge of Taipei and takes in a couple of notable temples along the way.
A quiet and pretty hiking trail just outside of Taipei. Along the way you can enjoy quirks of nature like the thousand year banyan tree and a lily pond half way up a mountain (well, it's more of a big hill really).
Escape the hoards of tourists taking selfies at that most famous of Taipei's scenic views by exploring beyond elephant mountain. This easy route takes you higher to muzhi mountain and 95 peak, all the while offering great vantage points and lots of hidden shrines to discover.
A moderate afternoon hike up an old cattle path with a minor peak at the top.
A pick-your-own-ending style ramble around the hills north of Neihu.
Forested ridges, wide open grasslands, cows - this short hike has lots to offer.
An exciting hike through the uplands of Yangmingshan National Park with the promise of a hotspring soak for your feet at the end.
Fun scramble through a hidden valley just to the east of Taipei.
Simple lazy afternoon walk for when you want to get out but don't want to go too far.
A super short amble to an impressive waterfall.
A bit of a steps workout walk.