BEST one day Hiking trails around Taipei UPDATE June 2021
Times indicated are for FIT HIKERS 😉 and do not include transportation time to reach the trailhead.
You can do these Taipei hikes Solo and organize by yourself with Google Maps.
Always take a HEADLAMP and WATER more than 2 liters!
Sometimes, there is NO PHONE SIGNAL even if it is “around Taipei”, the mountain blocks the phone signal. In that case, you must reach an high level point to call for rescue!
Highly recommend to wear LONG pants, LONG sleeves, and repellent.
Pay attention to nests of hornets or wasps, they are noisy and easy to spot with ears…
Do not be afraid of http://www.snakesoftaiwan.com/Start_Page_EN.htm but still pay attention of where you put your hands, your feet and your head!
Some snakes are in the trees!
Here are the best hiking trails in Taipei
1. Cross Yangmingshan East to West (very challenging) :
26 km, 12 hours, trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/ve5sUbun5jt
2. Stegosaurus ridge = 劍龍稜 Jianlongling near Jiufen + Teapot mountain (very challenging, NO SOLO)
4 hours, DO NOT do it SOLO because many accidents happened there and nobody will find your body before few days. Sometimes, wasps and hornets are also on the trail. Wear helmet, gloves and carry 2-3 liters of water + headlamp.
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/irxyNvjTPJG2
but you enter LEGALLY here https://goo.gl/maps/5RmozmS6aNR2
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/jiQX8N2BqQv
3. Huangdidian in Pingxi (challenging) :
6 hours, the real Huangdidian is the long section even if many people turn back at the East peak
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/efoBi8cdEyj
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/5mcHoejgc962
4. Hiking Wuliaojian in Sanxia (challenging) :
loop of 5 hours, AVOID to do it SOLO, your body can disappear in a hole behind a cliff and nobody will find you. Bring gloves as there are many ropes.
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/GrQ6A5wffUT2
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/5CSEpkGBazE2
5. Hiking Sandiaoling waterfalls trail (easy) :
4 hours for the big loop, else 2 hours for the waterfalls only
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/9Xsyt1F6aF92
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/GyyJhTfVisz
6. Many trails in Pingxi with bus 795
The most famous Xiaozishan Trail : Son, Mum and Father peaks, 3 little peaks in very close area then push to Central peak
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/1NiPwgguVkK2
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/W69Ms9Zdppy
Another famous one Shulang peak 薯榔尖登山步道 (challenging) https://goo.gl/maps/vT7XmRMzfan
7. Hiking Trails in Maokong
Zhangshu Trail :
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/VS478KzTLPC2
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/Tfv7gbcPTnq
Yinhe Cave (easy)
between Hsindian and Maokong https://goo.gl/maps/kt8r9BL57rQ2
8. Trails in Shiding (challenging)
From Shiding to Bijia peak to Maokong Zhinan Temple, long trail, minimum 6 hours, it’s nearly flat after Bijia peak and very steep with ropes at the end. Do not be afraid of the dogs at the end, take a stick to frighten them.
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/PU9Y6yjKY5r
Trail crosses here https://goo.gl/maps/pYvDXQWPqFr
Trail finishes here https://goo.gl/maps/CukHYoi2vgK2
9. Hiking Trails in Neihu (easy)
Trailhead starts here https://goo.gl/maps/hSCznha7xbU2
Trail crosses here at the very long Baishihu Suspension Bridge https://goo.gl/maps/CDGc5HK4fS32
Trail finishes here at Yuanjue Falls https://goo.gl/maps/kL777bRxZuq
10. Hiking Trails in Beitou (easy)
Battleship rock https://goo.gl/maps/QhYgTKdqjQ62
Trailhead starts here at Qilian MRT https://goo.gl/maps/4TqMwkg2ESQ2
Trail finishes here at Thermal Valley https://goo.gl/maps/ecdsTyFr9hm
11. Hiking Trails in Tamshui (intermediate)
Trailhead starts here at Wuji Tianyuan Temple, it’s a bit steep https://goo.gl/maps/s1BNQWxdJGK2
Trail finishes here at Xiangtian pond https://goo.gl/maps/CLSEmvnwvev
then add one hour to go back to the city.
12. Hiking Trails in Yangmingshan (easy)
Beware of the Buffalos, they do not like Selfies…
13. Hiking Trails near Taipei 101
Elephant mountain belongs to the 4 Beasts Mountains
Beautiful views of the city with Taipei 101 building !
The long section of 4 hours goes from Elephant mountain to China University of Science and Technology in Nangang https://goo.gl/maps/nk3oEssETcF2
14. Hiking trail to Yunsen waterfall in Sanxia
Beautiful waterfall https://goo.gl/maps/wVa98RVAgD52
You start here with the bus 807 https://goo.gl/maps/qcoTP9ZacZr
and you come back with the same trail.
Experienced hikers can continue to join the Manyueyuan National Forest Recreation Area https://goo.gl/maps/C3x7qudPnJ92
But due to some accidents that people disappeared in that area, we do not recommend if you are not experienced in hiking orientation.
Taipei Hiking trails without permit !
You do not need National Park Permit 不需要陽明山國家公園生態保護區入園許可證
You do not need Police Permit 不需要入山許可證
Take care of wasps and poisonous snakes during spring, summer, autumn seasons
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