Once upon a polluted day, I ventured to the villages of Clearwater Bay and the eastern peaks of Kowloon with Czarina… and for the first time in my life, as we began our ascent from the bottom of the hill, a random hiker stopped me – a Chinese woman on her way down, looking at my face, said: “Hi, I recognise you.” I just look at her with a question mark on my face, and she says, “you have a blog, I read it.” I laughed a bit embarrassed and happy, “oh, yes that’s me!” And she says: “I like your writing, very good.” I thanked her profusely and wished her a good day… but wow, that felt nice 🙂
Distance: 8 kilometres (plus 2km more to get out of there)
Duration: 3 hours (we did 3.5hours because we were so slow and shitty…)
Starting Point: Tseng Lan Shue (Clearwater Bay Road)
End Point: Sha Tin Pass (that intersection of so many trails including Lion Rock, Amah Rock, etc etc… don’t know how many times I’ve been here but a lot)
Highlights of Wilson Trail Section 4
- The endless but rewarding uphill to Tung Shan (542metres)
- Tate’s Cairn Ridge (Tai Lo Shan) — but if you want to go up the actual peak at 577masl, you have to veer off the main trail
- If you’re not trying to cross Wilson 4 off your list like I was, go up Temple Hill (Tsz Wan Shan) rather than sticking to the concrete road. I regret not doing this! (See below)
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Nobody ever says anything about Wilson 4, and for good reason. It’s far from my favourite hike, but if you change the route a little bit as I just mentioned, it has the potential to improve by 30%.
Another factor that detracted from my enjoyment was how polluted it was that day. The urban views are probably beautiful on a clearer day…
If you’re doing this trail the traditional direction (from east to west) as we did, then take the MTR to Choi Hung Station. At Exit C1, take any of the following minibuses:
- 11 to Hang Hau
- 1A/1S to Sai Kung Pier
- 11S to Po Lam
It’s best to ask the driver / other passengers to alert you when to get off (Tseng Lan Shue), and check your GPS as well to see if you’re approaching your stop. This part is a bit tricky, but we got lucky that people understood us when we asked at a bus stop.
Alternatively, you can do the trail from west to east to avoid the extra walk via concrete road from Sha Tin Pass. There were no ubers nor taxis available when we were trying to get out.
If take this trail from the west, though, you will do a huge downhill from the mountain towards the east. But at least you’ll end at a bus stop.
Walking the trail
After going through the village from the road, the path went downhill into the forest. This worried me because it meant we would have more to climb later on… and I was right.
It was easygoing for the first 2 kilometres or so…
Unfortunately, if you religiously follow Wilson 4 you will be walking on 40% concrete road. However, it did have its good parts:
This part of the trail is popular amongst HK locals because it’s easy to drive up from Kowloon, park, and enjoy the view. Unfortunately, they leave trails of their visit such as an empty box of condoms, and then empty condom wrappers (what’s next, right?!), I was scared to look at the bits of litter on the ground afterwards. And as if I hadn’t been visually raped enough, a half-buried dead cat.