Distance: 7.4 kilometres
Duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy Walk
Last Saturday, I wanted to try something new, but I was hurting too much from Hot Vinyasa to be able to kill myself on one of the more difficult trails I haven’t done yet (I’ll leave Ma On Shan Massif to another day…).
I was also too lazy to go for those faraway trails that begin and and in the middle of nowhere, making your entry and exit stretch for hours on end (cough cough, Lantau Stage 7).
So I decided to go for the apparently “easy walk” through Lion Rock Country Park passing through Amah Rock. It seemed like a win-win situation: 1) It’s easy, 2) I get to see Amah Rock. I was rewarded for my laziness later on – something that doesn’t happen often – because Amah Rock was pretty amazing.
I was supposed to go with three friends, but two flaked out last minute, so I ended up doing the trek with geologist/engineer Mr Collins, who was interested in some very boring rocks and site investigations and odd metal structures built along the catchwater, etc. Whenever I hike with him, I learn about things like netting and seed sprays where they cut up the hills to make roads and paths…
Starting Point: Sha Tin Pass
Don’t make the same mistake I did last time. Stage 5 of BOTH Maclehose AND Wilson Trails start around the same area. Don’t enter when you see the “Lion Rock Country Park” entrance. Go further uphill to the eateries / restrooms, and take the path in between them.
Another tip: If you don’t want to do a pre-hike uphill climb (read: if you were as lazy as we were), force your taxi driver to take you all the way uphill to the EXACT start of the hike. Google Maps will help a lot. Taxi drivers will not want to take you to this point because they don’t think they’ll find passengers on the way back. Ours wanted to just drop us at the foot of the mountain, which meant probably 1-2 km of extra uphill walking. He pretended not to understand us when we told him where we wanted to go.
The rock is approximately 15 meters in height, and its shape looks like a woman carrying a baby on her back. It stands above the entrance to the Lion Rock Tunnel, within Lion Rock Country Park. (Wiki)