I though I’d start this thread about the trails in this guide (available, free at your MRT station). Please add your own reviews of trails.
I did the Guizikeng trail (page 7-8). I wanted to find out if it was suitable for a hiking club walk. In my opinion it is not.
I walked the whole trail from the MRT. The first five minutes are plesant enough, taking you behind the back of some houses and close to the MRT line - trainspotters will be in heaven After crossing the road it is another thirty minutes to get to the trail head itself. This is on boring, paved and dog shit littered tarmac - although it does give you the chance to view your destination.
Once you get to the trail head it is almost vertical for a kilometer or so. It then levels out - this is the most ardous part. The rest of the walk is easy. The whole trail is well signed posted - even a dumb twat like me couldn’t get lost.
Unfortunately there is no “peak” in which to aim for - just a disappointing turn in the path and one of those silly “stamp your hiking book” stations. If you follow the loop trail you’ll end up back when you began.
Some good things: Photo opportunities for the city are good. Shortly after the bookstamping station there is a quiet waterfall. The path today was very quiet.
Some bad things: The distance you cover from the MRT is a waste of time. The whole route is paved either with tarmac or rocks.
Obsevations: Don’t bother walking the whole 7K; drive up to where the loop starts. When you drive back down you can stop for great noodles at the place on the corner (We ate there last time) The time in the guide is bollocks; I completed the trail and had lunch in 2 hours 20 not 3hrs25. I would suggest this walk if you fancy an easy stroll on a Sunday afternoon. I would rate the whole experience 4/10. I’m being generous. If I discount the tarmac section maybe a 6/10 because of the views.
I noticed that there were two things not shown on this map. 1, an off shoot trail to Xaiopingding (might be worth a try if you skip the tarmac section) 2, (Not on this map) It looks as if you can link two trails together to make a longer walk (Might be interesting).
There you go. Please add your own. It would be nice to see if we can do all 10.