It's an amazing place, as my legs start to regain flexibility i am starting to think about going up again, but solo and with much less stuff. food, light, water filter/bottle and a sleeping bag should be all. i really want to go up again lgiht and spend more time photographing plants/animals there, i saw some whacky things there. do you know what animal would be around the 2800m mark, nocturnal, climbs amazingly well, cat size and white/light colour? didnt notice a big tail, but had big eyes. just mentioning it in case someone happens to know exactly what i mean.
Its steep mountains, sure, but i didnt mean that so much as the actual trail is quite steep and much rock scrambling. I dont mind it, i just was not at all prepared for that kind of hike....now i know. prior to doing it i was told people go up there with their kids and its a 2 day hike...so going by the standards i have for the Taiwanese people i know i didnt expect it to be at all difficult hehe, my bad.
the road is out well before parking lot 2. the road is just cut off by a mudslide, it goes right down. you can go through the the slide, which we did going up, but its sunny and hot as anything, very uncomfortable there, no tree cover at all. or there is a trail slightly before the end of the road which is all in the trees and well used. people told us its the same either way, but its not. the slide is not nearly as comfortable walking, i got heat stroke and i think it was due to this part of the hike. maybe Taiwanese people don't mind heat so much. The police station says 1 hour to take the alternate route around the slide, it took us about that coming back, and about 1.5 going up the slide route. 1 hour not stopping, but there are some pretty things to stop and grab pictures of
and as usual in the mountains of Taiwan the road up has a bunch of Brugmansia in the wet river areas, nice to pinch a few flowers for a nicer smelling tent, beats sweat smell. Lots of coffee plantations on the way too.
cheers for those suggestions. Snow mountain has been one my wife really wants to get to. Just takes a 3 day weekend to do anything up in north Taiwan coming from here.
couple pics, didnt take many this trip because i wasnt into unpacking to get pictures and i was tired.
Last place to park. Cars can make it, but you will likely bottom out a lot. Easy going on a scooter.
fungus were very happy when we were there.
campsite, and its a well built one. Platforms, water, bathroom, sleeping building....like the hilton in a forest.
one of my favorite taiwan plants...tree ferns and misty fog just make things feel like another world.