Monday, April 16, 2012

MacLehose Section 9 & 10

(21.9 kilometers) Between 5.5 and 6.5 hours depending on walking speed.

Difficulty: 4/10. Quite easy, long as there is not way to get back between sections 9 and 10.

Appreciation: 3/10. Boring, mostly paved. If you want full bragging rights for MacLehose, you gotta do it. If you want to experience the best of Hong Kong trails, that is not one of them.

Transportation: Get to the Twen Wan West MTR station. Exit D. Walk to the Nina Tower bus terminal (about 5 minutes). Take KMB bus 51 ( Stop at 郊野公園 COUNTRY PARK

At the end of the trail, just follow my instructions to get to Tuen Mun MTR, about 500 meters from trail end.

Why it's worth it: 
It really isn't compared to the other sections but here's an idea


Exit 'D' at Tsuen Wan West. 5 minutes walk to Nina Tower bus terminus (the tallest building you see coming out of the MTR station)

Take KMB 51 and stop at Country Park. Retrace your steps a little bit. The trail head as by the big 'Welcome to Yuen Long' sign.

Go past the gate, hang out right and follow the road that is going up a little bit. From there, follow the  milestones posts and the little hiker signs, you should not get lost. Remember, there's one milestone every 500 meters.

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This is almost at the end. You may be tempted to use the shortcut on the left but that is not the end of MacLehose section 10. About 2 more clicks to go.

That's the trail end. The Tuen Mun MTR station is on the road  going straight in front of you (not the one  perpendicular to you)

You want to cross the road on the left side so you can then take the pedestrian walkway that parallels Pui To road. Once off the walkway, go underneath the highway to be on the right of Pui To Rd. About 300 meters along Pui To, you will find the entrance to Tuen Mun's MTR.

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!