Category Archives: Hiking

Mt. Miantian 面天山: Facing Heaven

Mt. Miantian 面天山 is a great place to see silver grass, mountains, and even the sea!

Mt. Miantian 面天山 is a great place to see silver grass, mountains, and even the sea!

I think I’ve used the cliche “commanding view” a few times on this blog.  This time, I really mean it!  It is hard to top the amazing atmosphere and vantage point Mt. Miantian 面天山 offers.  Not only is it a prime destination to watch silver grass dancing in the wind, but you can also see some unparalleled views of Taipei, the surrounding mountains, and even the ocean.  Did you know you can see the ocean from Yangminshan?  Well now you know!  Check out more info after the jump.

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Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and Seven Star Mountain 七星山: A Steamy Hike

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain's 七星山 peaks.

A somewhat clear view from one of Seven Star Mountain’s 七星山 peaks.

Yangmingshan is one of my favorite places to visit in Taipei.  It is hard to believe that an expansive national park with mountains, hot springs, volcanoes, and dozens of hiking trails can be so accessible from the city.  Even though I have been here several times, there is always something new to see and experience.  This time I decided to check out the steaming fumaroles of Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and make my way through Seven Star Mountain 七星山, which has Taipei’s tallest peak.  Check out more info and pictures after the jump.

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Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區: Nature’s Omnibus

Just one of the many waterfalls at Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 in New Taipei City.

Just one of the many waterfalls at Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 in New Taipei City.

I have been to Wulai several times to enjoy the sites, but little did I know that there was a stunning “forest recreation area” nearby.  The moniker of “forest recreation area” seems a bit ambiguous at first.  It is somewhat between a forest and a national park.  There are about twenty of them across Taiwan, with the most famous being Alishan (I promise to make a post on that!).  Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區 is the closest of these to Taipei.  The highlight of the area is not actually the forest, but the impressive three tier waterfall and abundance of insect life.  Check out some photos after the jump.

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Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道: A Brief Trek

A funky bench on the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.

A funky bench on the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.

Close to hot spring attractions of Xinbeitou lies the Junjianyan Hiking Trail 軍艦岩親山步道.  The often-visited Battleship Rock is actually part of the trail, which has many alternate routes for the adventurous.  I decided to walk the main path, which treats hikers with diverse sights.  I’ve been up here twice and neither time was crowded at all, so hikers who want to avoid people may enjoy this trail.  Check out some pictures from my walk.

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Tiger Mountain 虎山: The Other Beast

Tiger Mountain 虎山 offers some of the best views Taipei has to offer.

Tiger Mountain 虎山 offers some of the best views Taipei has to offer.

While Elephant Mountain is the most famed place to get a great view of Taipei 101, Tiger Mountain 虎山 allows for a pleasant hike, fantastic views, and all without the crowds!  Part of the Four Beasts Mountains, Tiger Mountain is perhaps one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in Taipei.  Enjoy some pictures from my visit.

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Guizikeng 貴子坑: A Green Walk

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

A lot of vegetation and algae cover the stream leading to Guizikeng 貴子坑

I accidentally found the overwhelming green Guizikeng 貴子坑 by taking the wrong bus.  I took it all the way to the end of the bus depot, but fortunately it lead to a nice walk and a place that I found so enchanting that I’ve visited it multiple times.  With various hiking trails, a camping ground, a concrete river, and a 30 million year old mountain, it’s worth finding.  Check out some of my pictures from my first visit.

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Qingtiangang 擎天崗: Where the Buffalo Roam

Buffalo have their lunch at Qingtiangang 擎天崗.

Buffalo have their lunch at Qingtiangang 擎天崗.

Although it its the smallest of Taiwan’s national parks, Yangmingshan National Park is rich with unique and beautiful sights.  A popular area is Qingtiangang 擎天崗, known for its wide, grassy meadows and wild buffalo.  If you want to have a relaxing walk in the mountains, the non-strenuous trails of Qingtiangang are a relaxing alternative to the park’s more difficult hikes.  Here are a few of my pictures from my visit.

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Battleship Rock 軍艦岩: A Panoramic View of Taipei

Get a panoramic view of Taipei from Battleship Rock.

Get a panoramic view of Taipei from Battleship Rock.

Taipei has dozens of hiking trails, some simple and some arduous.  An easy yet rewarding trail near Shipai MRT leads to Battleship Rock 軍艦岩.  It’s only about a gentle twenty minute walk from an MRT station, including a trip through a local college.  Getting to the top gives you a panoramic view of the area.  Here are my pictures from my trip.

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Caoling Historic Trail 草嶺古道: History and Beauty Mix on Yilan’s Must-See Hiking Trail

One of the many beautiful sights on this hiking trail.

One of the many beautiful sights on this hiking trail.

Taiwan will turn anyone into an avid hiker.  There are so many trails that are easily accessible, and you will surely stumble upon some just walking around Taipei.  One of the most famous hiking trails in Taiwan is the stunning Caoling Historic Trail 草嶺古道, located in Yilan and about an hour and a half outside of Taipei.  I grabbed as much food as I could carry from 7-11 and tackled this scenic hike.

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