[quote=“Pingdong”]I loved it! man the flora is COMPLETELY different than what I am used to here around 600-1500m, damn its cool. I am thinking just going there with family to the camping area just to camp with the fam. Its really beautiful, and those rhododendrons are actually trees! I also, for the first time in Taiwan, found some Entada vines. I am really impressed my legs and shoulders disagree
The trail head stops where the road is washed right out by a fairly good size landslide. There is a pole laying on the ground jsut before that and some boulders. Cables are holding up a tree or 2 on the cliff. Same as when you went? We have not had any supermassive rains since morakot in the area though, so I have not seen many new big landslides anywhere.
we took the landslide route to the trail head which is more up/down than the roundabout trail. Its also in the blazing sun which really sucks it out of you. The roundabout trail is lush and covered in trees, far more enjoyable. took us about 1-1.5 hours.
we saw maybe 50 people there, cabin was full.
question for you as you have hiked here far more than I. Is that kind of steep grade with rock pretty common on national trails here? I know the mountains around here are normally like this, but what about elsewhere?
and thanks again for that list, we are chipping away at it [/quote]
Your enthusiasm is contagious. Yeah, it’s pretty cool as you start climbing up and seeing the whole landscape and natural environment change before your eyes.
As for the rocky parts of the trail, I found Bei a little more rough than a lot of hikes that are as short. But you have to be prepared for anything in the mountains here. A trail could be wide and clear for days and then suddenly you are walking along a metre wide ridge with a 1000m drop on one side and a massive landslide on the other.
Snow Mountain is probably the most straightforward trail. No tricky parts at all. Yushan is straightforward until the last 100m scramble but that’s not difficult. Jiaming Lake is also straightforward. The Holy Ridge or Nanhu are for more experienced hikers who don’t fear heights, falling, death and narrowness.
But many low altitude trails can be equally tricky. Some of the famous ridge walks up north are terribly narrow. Wuliao Jian so much so that they have spikes and ropes on the worst parts (and having done these years ago without them believe me they are necessary - instead of insane the trail is now just crazy ).
There’s also the fact that landslides and washouts can damage trails, leaving some tricky rope sections to cross.
Oh, I can’t really understand your point about the trailhead. I know the road was heavily damaged so are you saying you need to walk a few km to get to the actual trailhead?