Monday, January 1, 2018

Kowloon Reservoir to Shatin Pass via Mac 4 (Beacon Hill-煙墩山)

10k, 3.5 hours

6/10. 495m elevation gain.
Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice views of Kowloon and the harbour on a clear day

Map & Details:

Exercise Area: There is one "homemade" exercise area with 3 chin-up bars

Transportation: Bus 72 or 81. Get off at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir. Return via Wong Tai Sin MTR.

Why it's worth it: 

Get off the bus at Shek Lei Pui Reservoir at take the footbridge over the highway

Left right after the footbridge. There might be a number of monkeys there

Down the ramp and right at the road

Up the stairs and to the left at the Eagle's Nest Nature Trail. The nature trail and Maclehose 4 are overlapping for a while. You can always refer to the little hiking guy sign to give you the direction. And the Maclehose distance posts every 500meters

Up at the gazebo


Where do these stairs go? They go up!

About 1.5 hour and 4.7km in, you will arrive at the gazebo at the foot of Lion Rock.
Take the path straight, by the plaque on the stone

About 100m farther up, there will be a split. We took a left. The right will get you up-top Lion Rock and will ultimately connect back to Mac 4. So, up to you, but climbing Lion Rock is adding quite a bit more stairs.
Anyhow, from this point on, just keep going on Maclehose 4 for about another 5.5km

You'll end up here: Shatin Pass. Go down right towards Wong Tai Sin. But before you do so, you can go to the toilet and/or get some food/drinks at the store on the left (circled)

Fishballs! The hikers' delight!

Just follow the road all the way down until you see the signs for the 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!