Monday, April 2, 2012

Bride's Pool

(1 kilometer) Between 20 and 40 minutes depending on walking speed.

Difficulty: 1/10. 

Appreciation: 6/10.  

Transportation:  Take KMB #275R from TaI Po MTR station (runs only on Sundays and holidays) and get off at Bride's Pool (terminus).

Why it's worth it: The trail itself is very short and is not all that interesting. Nice spot for a picnic. Mirror pool falls have good water debit at any time, while Bride's pool falls is interesting after rainfall only.
Take the MTR to Tai Po. Exit A3. Go through the tunnel at the exit and follow the signs pointing to 275R. Remember that the bus only goes to Bride's Pool on Sundays and holidays. Otherwise, that's quite a lot of extra walking.
Or take the cab.

From the terminus at Bride's Pool, trace back your steps a bit to the trail head.

Trail head. Just go down the stairs, past the first few picnic spots and over the first bridge. 

Click on the map for a larger version.
After the bridge, at the map, turn left toward the falls.
The path to the right will lead you to a mostly uninteresting village.
Just after the bridge, you'll see a sign leading you to Mirror pool Falls on your right. Go have a look.
When you are done, you can trace your steps back on the path to the crossroad, or stream trek it back, which is more fun. Back at the crossroad, take the other direction towards that leads to the BBQ site.

BBQ site at the crossroads, if you go right, you'll loop the path back to the road.
On the left, through the BBQ site and up the stairs, will lead you towards Bride's pool falls.

Provided you decided to head left towards Bride's pool falls, you will get to an intersection. Option A on the right will lead you to the river bed where you can stream trek for a short distance, to the bottom of the falls (to the right). Option B will lead you over a small bridge and back to your starting point. You can also turn right at the bridge itself and stream trek to Bride's pool falls for a little longer. I think it's more interesting that way.

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