TAIPEI GRAND HIKE

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In September 2018, the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Public Works Department of Taipei City Government announced the opening of the Taipei Grand Hike. This is a 92km route through some of Taipei’s most scenic landscape and over some of its most popular peaks. The hike takes in existing trails and roads, but new signs and facilities have been installed along the route to make sure that hikers can comfortably access the landscape. As well as covering a total distance of 92km, there is an elevation differential of 1120m, and according to the information on the trail’s official map you are likely to burn off upwards of 38,000 calories in the process of covering the miles.

Anyone wishing to pick up a map of the whole route can head to the GEO office during office hours at: 3rd Fl., No. 300, Songde Rd. (松德路), Xinyi Dist., Taipei City. (It would be great if these maps were more widely available.)

The whole route walk is split into seven hikes in two distinct areas. Five days are spent in the “Northern Taiwan Mountain Range”, and two are allocated to the “Southern District Tea Township”. Having said that, it would also be possible to split the whole thing into a larger number of shorter walks if you feel that spending 6-7 hours hiking at a time is too much.

The route information on this page has been put together by watching Tony Huang’s wonderfully informative videos on the trail, this page that somebody who goes by the name of Mark wrote, some information from the official map, and of course from actually walking it. To read in more detail about each hike, how to do it and what to expect, you can click on the map or the title.


NORTHERN TAIPEI MOUNTAIN RANGE – DAY 1

GUANDU MRT STATION to ERZIPING

Guandu MRT Station → Xiuyan Road → Mt. Zhongyi Trail → Xiaopingding Road → Guizikeng Trail (‘běi’ character) → Xiqingque Trail →Chinglien Temple → Mount Datun main peak → Lianfeng Trail → Miantian Ping → Erziping Trail → Eziping Visitor Centre

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NORTHERN TAIPEI MOUNTAIN RANGE – DAY 2

ERZIPING to XIAOYOUKENG via DATUN SHAN

Erziping Visitor Centre → Erziping Trail → Miantian Ping → Datun Shan Multi-peak Trail → Datun Shan West Peak (‘zǒu’ character) → Datun Shan South Peak (‘zòng’ character) → Datun Shan Main Peak (‘dà‘ character) → Datun Shan Civil Aviation Authority Lookout → Datun Saddle Car Park → Balaka Highway Pedestrian Trail → Shuiwei Balaka Trail → Dinghu Calla Lily Trail → Yangming Creekside Trail → Arrow Bamboo Trail / Xiao You Keng Visitor Centre

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NORTHERN TAIPEI MOUNTAIN RANGE – DAY 3

FENG GUI ZUI to XIAOYOUKENG via QIXING SHAN

Xiao You Keng Visitor Centre → Qixing Shan Main Peak to East Peak Trail → Qixing Shan Main Peak (‘xī’ character) → Qixing Shan East Peak (‘dōng’ character) → Leng Shui Keng Visitor Centre → Qing Tian Gang → Ding Shan to Shiti Ridge Trail → Shiti Ridge → Ding Shan → Feng Gui Zui (‘běi’ character)

I walked this section in reverse because transportation is easier that way.

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NORTHERN TAIPEI MOUNTAIN RANGE – DAY 4

FENG GUI ZUI to DAHU MRT STATION

Feng Gui Zui (‘běi’ character) → Feng Gui Zui Trail → Wanxi Agricultural Road → Shuangxigou Old Trail → Meihua Shan → Bi Shan → Da Lun Tou Trail → Wishing Trail → Bishan Road → Houhu Wetland → Baishihu Suspension Bridge → Bishanyan Kaizhang Shenwang Temple → Yuanjue Temple → Yuanjue Waterfall → Yuanjue Waterfall Trail or Yuanjue Temple Trail → Yeh Ancesteral Temple → Dagou Riverside Park (‘nán’ character) → Dahu MRT Station

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NORTHERN TAIPEI MOUNTAIN RANGE – DAY 5

BISHANYAN to JIANTAN MRT STATION

Bishanyan → Zhongyong Shan Trail → Neihu Third Cemetary → Jinlong Rural Road → Yuanming Temple Trail → Zhengchengong Temple Trail → Jiannan Road → Wenjian Shan → Jiannan Shan Night View → Jiantan Road → Jiantan Shan → Lao Difang (‘tái’ character) → Jiantan MRT Station

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SOUTHERN TAIPEI TEA GROWING REGION – DAY 1

NANGANG SHAN to LIUGANG MRT STATION via TIAOMI OLD TRAIL

China University of Science and Technology → China Institute of Technology Trail → 95 Peak (‘zhuàng’ character) → Nangang Shan → Muzhi Shan (Thumb Mountain) → Miao Gao Tai → Ziyun Street → Tiaomi Old Trail (called “The Ancient Rice Road” on signs) → Chongde Street → Tu Di Gong Ridge Trail → Zheng Zhong Ling An Lu Temple → Heping East Road, Section 3, Lane 636 → World Mountain Villa Estate → Jungong Mountain → Zhongpu Mountain → Fuzhou Mountain Park → Fuyang Ecological Park → Liugang MRT Station

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SOUTHERN TAIPEI TEA GROWING REGION – DAY 2

ZHINAN TEMPLE  to MAOKONG and ZHANGSHAN TEMPLE

National Chengchi University Bus Stop (1) → Zhinan Temple Trail → Zhinan Temple → Green Light Platform (‘yóu’ character) → Dacheng Temple Trail → Maokong Potholes → Jiankang (or ‘Healthy’) Trail → Maokong Gondola Station → Camphor Tree Trail Pavilion (‘qù’ character) → Zhangshan Temple → Dragon Trail → Dragon Trail Trail Head

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This is currently an unpaid side passion project and I will continue doing it just for the love of it, but of course if you like what I do and feel inclined to chip in a few dollars for transport and time then I would appreciate it immensely. You can find me on either Ko-fi or Buy Me a Coffee.

14 thoughts on “TAIPEI GRAND HIKE

  1. Thanks for putting this together. I am not Taiwanese so I didn’t qualify for the towel. When I saw the program I was surprised I had done many of the trails. This will help me tackle the rest on my next visit

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    • I’m glad you found it interesting. Yes, a lot of the paths are ones which run along existing popular trails, (I’d done maybe about 40-50% myself before setting off to complete the whole route). I’m not sure if the towel thing is open to only people with Taiwanese ID or not, but it’s only valid for the first year of the trail’s existence. When I went back to the office they said that I was the third foreigner to have completed the walk. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your walking when you make your way back over here!

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  2. I love reading your blogs here as we definitely want to hike the 鳶嘴稍來山 Trail in Tai Chung after reading what you wrote as well as all these other wonderful shared Hiking journeys of yours…I will be traveling with my gf to Taiwan late March 2020 and we here in Vancouver BC Canada have two Facebook Hiking groups ie. iHIKE or Greater Hike Near Vancouver that many foreign visitors use to search out posts of local people organizing hikes on almost daily or weekly basis… of course, gasoline and cost associating are shared…and also an opportunity to share multiculturalism…is there such a Taiwan Facebook Hiking group for like minded hikers and visitors?..I can speak Mandarin fluently and not necessarily we need English guide to show us what to do but would be happy to meet and make local friendly hikers who we can tag along and hike with…please kindly advise.

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    • Hi Eric, thanks for the message, and I’m very happy to hear that you’ve been inspired to hike some of the places I’ve mentioned.

      As far as Facebook groups or other networks for arranging hikes, here are the resources I have found:

      魔境熊登山客 & 登山自組健行隊. The second one seems like a place for ppl to show off. But a ton of members. (Recommened by @OutRecording on Twitter.)

      http://xn--fiq43lo0ekydj26b7g4b.tw/?%E8%81%AF%E7%B9%AB%E6%88%91%E5%80%91,2 and https://m.facebook.com/CTMA.org/ (From @AnushaHiking)

      https://m.facebook.com/groups/856785334467647/?ref=share and https://m.facebook.com/groups/188047991255790/?ref=share (Suggested by my partner.)

      All of these would probably require some degree of written Chinese comprehension. If you need to read English, the only one that I am aware of is something like the meet-up group: https://www.meetup.com/Taipei-Hikers/

      Finally, you could post on Forumosa (a Taiwan based forum which is mostly used by expats), maybe in the travel section and see if anyone wants to plan an outing together: https://tw.forumosa.com/c/travel

      A note on how local hiking groups work here. Many of them are location specific, (as in the people all come from the same place, rather than they only hike in one place), and they tend to post a calendar of events which people can sign up to. As far as I know, you don’t need to become a group member to join one of their events, but I’ve never really joined one myself so I can’t be sure. However, Taiwanese people tend to be very hospitable to westerners, so I am confident that you should be able to find some people to walk with whilst you’re here.

      I’m sorry I don’t really have any more relevant person experience to draw on. I hope the above helps though.

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  3. I’m a beginner at hiking and undertook three hikes during my trip to Taipei, using the directions you’ve provided.
    Thanks very much for publishing this website and including all the details for navigation. I look forward to referencing your website again for my next trip.

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      • Hi, yes your website is very informative both the narrative and pictures/signage.
        I did old Tianmu trail up to the University, Jian tan trail to Jian nan station, Zhinan temple steps to Maokong gondola and also the Zhishan stroll. I hope to be able to use your site for more trails in my next visit. Thanks again!

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  4. Great info here. Ta. Do you know anything about doing the whole trail in one go, without having to come down each day? Are there any campgrounds, guesthouses, is camping even allowed on the trail? Cheers.

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    • I used View Ranger to record my walk, (it’s since merged with Outdoor Active), and instead chose to supply photos of myself at each post as proof of my walk. It’s also possible to record your walks using the 健行筆記 app, but the interface isn’t too intuitive if you’re not used to reading Chinese.

      And yes, I did get the certificate and a towel upon completion. I asked, and I think they said maybe seven or eight other foreigners had registered that they had completed the walk prior to me.

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