XIAO BAI YUE

Many of Taiwan’s mountain lovers dream of summiting the Bai Yue (百岳), or 100 Peaks. These are an assortment of mountains over 3000m which have been selected for their beauty or other noteworthy features (yes, Taiwan really has so many high peaks that it’s possible to pick a top one hundred). It is certainly a thrilling challenge for those who have the time and money to do it, but the fact that many of them require overnight stays, permits and porters can make them seem a bit daunting. Thankfully though, the Taiwanese seem to love a good challenge, so if you’re not yet ready to attempt the Bai Yue then you can always dip a toe in the waters by climbing the Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳) first.

The Xiao Bai Yue (also known as the 100 Minor Peaks), much like their loftier counterparts, were selected based on their beauty or significance. However, unlike the Bai Yue, the Xiao Bai Yue are classified as suburban mountains (郊山 – a confusing term for foreigners like myself, since there’s not very much suburban about them), and can all be completed as day hikes. The highest among them is towers at over 2600m, while the lowest (20m) is barely a bump. Many can be accessed using public transport, and by and large, they don’t require much in the way of specialist skills. All of this makes them an ideal entry-level challenge for anyone hoping to see more of Taiwan’s beautiful mountain trails.

NOTE: This page is a work in progress. As of now, I have climbed 40-something out of the hundred, and have route guides for 30-something of those up on the site.  The ones with photos but no linked post are ones I’ve climbed but haven’t yet finished writing. This is something I hope to keep chipping away at for years to come, so check back for updates every now and then.

No. 1

Mount Datun (大屯山)

1092m

Taipei / New Taipei

No. 2

Mount Qixing (七星山)

1120m

Taipei City

Dawulun Shan, Taiwan xiao bai yue, Keelung hiking trail

No. 3

Mount Dalwulun (大武崙山)

231m

Keelung City

No. 4

Mount Gangziliao (槓子寮山)

163m

Keelung City

No. 5

Mount Guanyin (觀音山)

616m

New Taipei City

No. 6

Keelung Mount (基隆山)

588m

New Taipei City

No. 7

Mount Hongdan (紅淡山)

210m

Keelung City

No. 8

Mount Daluntou (大崙頭山)

478m

Taipei City

No. 9

Mount Jiantan (劍潭山)

153m

Taipei City

No. 10

Mount Wufen (五分山)

757m

New Taipei City

No. 11

Mount Jiangziliao (姜子寮山)

728m

Keelung City

No. 12

Xizhi Dajian Mountain (汐止大尖山)

459m

New Taipei City

No. 13

Mount Nangang (南港山)

374m

Taipei City

No. 14

Tukuyue (土庫岳)

389m

New Taipei City

No. 15

Mount Dadong (大棟山)

405m

New Taipei City

No. 16

Mount Nanshijiao (南勢角山)

302m

New Taipei City

No. 17

Erge Mountain (二格山)

678m

Taipei/New Taipei City

No. 18

Mount Tianshang (天上山)

429m

New Taipei City

No. 20

Lion’s Head Mountain (獅仔頭山)

858m

New Taipei City

No. 21

Mount Jinmian (金面山)

667m

Taoyuan City

No. 22

Mount Dongyan (東眼山)

1212m

New Taipei City / Taoyuan City

Hiking trails in Dongyanshan National Park.

No. 23

Mount Xizhou (溪洲山)

667m

Taoyuan City

No. 24

Mount Shimen (石門山)

551m

Taoyuan City

No. 25

Mount Shiniu (石牛山)

671m

Taoyuan City

No. 26

18 Peaks Mountain (18八尖山)

130m

Hsinchu City

No. 27

Mount Feifeng (飛鳳山)

462m

Hsinchu City

No. 28

Lidong Mountain (李東山)

1914m

Taoyuan City / Hsinchu City

No. 29

Lion’s Head Mountain (獅頭山)

492m

Miaoli County

No. 30

Five Finger Mountain (五指山)

1602m

Hsinchu County

No. 31

Mount Egongji (鵝公髻山)

1579m

Hsinchu County / Miaoli County

No. 32

Mount Xiangtianhu (向天湖山)

1225m

Miaoli County

No. 33

Mount Xian (仙山)

967m

Miaoli County

No. 34

Jiali Mountain (加里山)

2210m

Miaoli County

No. 35

Fire Mountain (火炎山)

596m

Miaoli County

No. 36

Mount Guandao (關刀山)

889m

Miaoli County

No. 37

Mount Manabang (馬那邦山)

1407m

Miaoli County

No. 38

Anvil Hill (鐵站山)

236m

Taichung City

No. 39

Mount Shaolai (捎來山)

2307m

Taichung City

No. 40

Mount Juxing (聚興山)

500m

Taichung City

No. 41

Mount Touke (頭科山)

859m

Taichung City

No. 42

South Guanyin Mountain (南觀音山)

318m

Taichung City

A giant golden Buddha’s hand on the South Guanyin Hiking Trail.

No. 43

Mount Santing (三汀山)

480m

Taichung City

No. 44

Mount Anying (暗影山)

997m

Taichung City

A Taiwan flag waved on top of a Misty mountain in Taichung.

No. 45

Mount Dahengping (大橫屏山)

1205m

Taichung City

No. 46

Mount Azhoawu (阿罩霧山)

249m

Taichung City

No. 47

Mount Jiufener (九份二山)

1174m

Nantou County

No. 48

Mount Heng (橫山)

443m

Nantou County

No. 49

Mount Maolan (貓蘭山)

1061m

Nantou County

No. 50

Jiji Da Mountain (集集大山)

1392m

Nantou County

No. 51

Mount Songbaikeng (松柏坑山)

430m

Changhua County / Nantou County

No. 52

Mount Houjian (後尖山)

1008m

Nantou County

Xitou Phoenix mountain hiking trail in Taiwan

No. 53

Phoenix Mountain (鳳凰山)

1696m

Nantou County

No. 54

Mount Jinganshu (金柑樹山)

2901m

Nantou County

No. 55

Mount Shibi (石壁山)

1751m

Yunlin County / Chiayi County

No. 56

Yun-chia Mount Dajian (雲嘉大尖山)

1299m

Yunlin County / Chiayi County

No. 58

Mount Duli (獨立山)

840m

Chiayi County

No. 59

Mount Data (大塔山)

2663m

Chiayi County / Nantou County

No. 60

Mount Dadong (大凍山)

1967m

Chiayi County

No. 61

Dahujian Mountain (大湖尖山)

1313m

Chiayi County

No. 62

Mount Hongmaopi (紅毛埤山)

150m

Chiayi

No. 63

Mount Dadong (大棟山)

1241m

Tainan / Chiayi

No. 64

Mount Kantou (崁頭山)

844m

Tainan

No. 65

Sanjiao South Mountain (西阿里關山)

1186m

Chiayi /Tainan

No. 66

West Aliguan Mountain (西阿里關山)

973m

Tainan / Kaohsiung

No. 67

Bamboo Shoot Mountain (竹子尖山)

1090m

Tainan

No. 68

Mount Tengzhi (藤枝山)

1575m

Kaohsiung

No. 69

Mount Baiyun (白雲山)

1044m

Kaohsiung

No. 70

Mount Zhongniuhu (刣牛湖山)

730m

Tainan / Kaohsiung

No. 71

Mount Minghai (山)

1044m

Kaohsiung