Sunday, March 15, 2015

Central, High West (西高山, or Sai Ko Shan) and Victoria Peak loop

(updated 2021-04-11)
(10 kilometers)
3.5 hours

Difficulty: 5/10. 571m elevation gain

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Great views of the Victoria Harbour on a clear day 

Transportation: Hong Kong MTR station

Why it's worth it:

Exercise Area: Yes
Starting at the IFC mall, exit to the escalator

Then, pretty easy, just go all the way up the escalator...

All the way! Until there's no escalator anymore...
You'll arrive on Conduit road. Head right on Conduit Road

You'll do maybe 1k on Conduit Road

Until you reach Hatton Rd on your left. Take Hatton Road up

Pretty easy at this point, just follow the Morning Trail signage

All the way up to the flat portion where there's a pavilion where Hatton, Harlech and Luggard roads meet. 

Go through the park past the pavilion and in the opposite corner, you'll see the path to High West.
There's no way out. So, you will go all the way up to High West peak. Nice 360 degrees views on a clear day!
Then back down to the pavilion here. 

Back at the pavilion, take Luggard Road for about 10m, you'll see steps on your right. Take them, they go up to Victoria Peak Garden. That's about a 15 minutes walk up

Just stay on the left

This pavilion overlooks the garden below

Once you are done admiring the garden, go through it in the diagonally opposite direction and down the path

Then first left...

Quite beautiful... Erik Satie's music as background music would go quite well here...

On your first left in this park, take the stairs

Going by the old gates. The "commercial" Peak is not far away

There ya go...

Go down on the left of the Peak tower, by the washrooms. From that point on, quite simple, just keep going down.
Can't get lost. You're "back" to the city...

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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!