JunJian Trail – near Yangmingshan

A language partner suggested this quick hike (JunJian 軍艦岩親山步道) near where I was living. The name literally means Rocky Warship Trail, perhaps because of the eroded rock formations near the top. The trailhead is easily accessible from the Shipai 石牌 Redline MRT station, and there there are plenty of signs from the MRT stop.

It wasn’t until a few days after I found out that my grandma had hiked up this trail everyday to stay fit. It’s accessibility with the surrounding area makes this a great convenient hike. I saw a few mountain bikes at the top as well.

Time:  45 minutes to 1 hour

Does this look like a warship?!

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Snow Mountain

Snow Mountain (雪山)

For any hiking enthusiast living or vacationing in Taiwan, I’d highly suggest planning for a Snow Mountain hike. It can easily be done as a weekend trip departing Friday night (from Taipei) and returning Sunday evening. It is an exhausting hike, but well worth the effort!

Ninja the way up on Snow Mountain? That’s real trick to hiking Taiwan’s second highest peak.

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Sandiaoling Hike – Pinxi Area

Sandiaoling Hike (三貂嶺) – Pinxi Area

A friend invited me to join a group Taiwanese through a 18km hike in an area between Pinxi and Jiufen. The weather held up quite well, and it turned out to be a hiking experience I had never experienced before. For one, the average age was somewhere between 40-50 years old. We were by the youngest of the group. Second, this hike takes you through open fields, brush fields, an old mining facility, and a beautiful waterfall to top it all off.

Unfortunately, my camera was acting up and the majority of the pictures were completely lost 😦 The pictures shown are all within the last 5 km the hike.

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Taroko Gorge Hikes

lI had been to Hualien (花蓮) when I was a little kid, but don’t have any lasting impressions since I was so young. It seems that the words, “beautiful”, and “Hualien” are synonymous, and it certainly doesn’t fail to disappoint, particularly Taroko Gorge (太魯閣). Being a short train ride away from Taipei, the landscapes offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with beautiful scenic views of canyon drop offs and deep valleys.

Taroko Gorge

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Shoushan, Kaohsiung

Being a stone’s throw away from Kaohsiung city, Shoushan (壽山) with a max elevation of 365 meters, it provides a hilly and highly elevated escaped and is sometimes coined the “lungs of Kaohsiung”. It is home to the Formosan rock macque (particular to Taiwan), maked palm civet and black-throated Laughingthrush (ref:Wikipedia). There is quite a bit of wildlife including over 100 bird species.

Trail map of Shoushan (click for full resolution)

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