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Monday, March 25, 2013

East Island dam coastal hike

(7 kilometers)
2.5 hours
Difficulty: 8/10 because there's bushwacking and steep descents.
Appreciation: 8/10. Nice views, nice beach. Good views on part of Hong Kong Geopark.

Transportation: From SaiKung, takes the Taxi to the East Island Dam. Stop at the blue "anchor". Return on cab to SaiKung. About $125 cab fare one-way.

Why it's worth it:

Garmin: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/285297622
Start at the powder-blue, anchor like thing right before the East dam.

If you trace back your steps on the road for 25 meters or so, there a set of stairs to climb.
The path may or may not be very visible. 

Can get quite steep on the way down.
Follow the coast. Lots of sandstone.

Can't really get very lost if you keep following the coast. Print the Garmin map to be safe.
Nice views
You'll go by the two pebble beaches.

Back to bushwhacking after the 1st beach.

Village on the right. Go straight.

The cave option.
Pak Lap beach in sight
Pak Lap beach. There's a restaurant there.

Back on actual trails.
Sha Kiu Tau where you head back towards the reservoir road.

At reservoir road. Hail a cab from there.

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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!