Distance: 10km (more or less, including walking to the starting point)
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Very difficult, no idea why HK Walkers only gave this just 2 stars for difficulty. Although I haven’t done Ma On Shan Massif (Maclehose Stage 4) yet which is 3 stars.
Start: Lead Mine Pass
End: Route Twisk
These few weeks mark the end of hiking season as the weather is officially getting too hot to walk long distances uphill comfortably. So we thought we’d do one last big one before summer – Tai Mo Shan (literally big hat mountain), Hong Kong’s highest peak at 957 metres above sea level. It was allegedly snowing here last winter.
Starting point: We took the train to Tai Po Market MTR Station which took ages, and in hindsight I think it would have been better to start from Kowloon and make your way north (rather than south from Tai Po) to the beginning of the hike. So this is what I recommend in order for you to save time (no walking uphill for a few kilometers to the actual starting point of the hike) and effort:
- Take the MTR red line to Tsuen Wan, Kwai Hing, or Tai Wo Hau Station.
- Take a cab to lead mine pass. Show this to the driver: Lead Mine Pass (鉛礦坳)
And ta-da! You’re at the start of the hike:
Google maps will always tell you to take the train to Tai Po Market Station but that’s the easiest way via public transportation, not taking into account taxis.
Before scaling the actual mountain, we reached a crossroads whose right fork would have taken us down to a waterfall. As much as we wanted to jump into a pool of cool water, we had our hearts set on the goal. The waterfall was left for later.
Happy hiking, folks!