Okay, it is just too damn hot to bother with long hikes, even if they are to rewarding locations. Cause those locations ain’t going anywhere. So let’s start exploring rivers and waterfalls and enjoying long afternoons lazy about swimming holes.
So this Sunday, I propose we head out to Full Moon Park, not to trapse to the old trees, or even the Yu Nei Waterfalls, but to hit a much shorter path (4 km or so) up to the Sister Waterfall. I don’t have all the info as it is a Taipei Day Trips book hike and I lent my copy to a coworker. I’ll get it back tomorrow. Anyway, sounds like we hike past a series of falls and get a chance to scramble up the stream a bit to a few remote spots with places to swim. Can I garantee these will be spectacular spots with deep pools surrounded by lush jungle where troops of macaques leap from vine to vine ovehead? No, but they sound good.
I want everyone to have river tracing shoes. From the book’s description we won’t need them much, but we shoud have them as we may want to explore upstream a bit. I certainly want to. If you can’t find a shoe big enough, find one wide enough and cut out the toes and wear socks when you have them on. People in Wulai often just wear socks when they river trace so you should be fine.
The place is not in Full Moon Park but just outside it. I suggest we Taipei people take the MRT to Yongning (not Yingge) Station and then, if we have enough Taoyuan people with cars coming, meet in Sanxia again. Otherwise, we proceed straight on to the area. I estimate it will cost around NT500. It was NT180 to Sanxia and the sign said Full Moon Park was 18km further. Taxis cost NT15 a kilometer so we are looking at another NT300 or so. With 3 or 4 people a taxi this is very cheap.
The hike according to Taipei Day Trips is 4km there and 4 back. So, short and simple with the chance of some river tracing as well. Sounds funtastic as Arnold would say.