Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tai Wai to Kowloon Tong via Wilson, a forested path, and Lung Yan Rd

9k, 2:45 hours

4/10. 369m elevation gain. 

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 7/10. Nice & easy forested hike. 

Map & Details:

Exercise Area: Yes. Chin up and parallel bars.

Transportation: MTR to Tai Wai, exit F. Return from Kowloon Tong MTR

Why it's worth it: 
Get out at Tai Wai MTR station exit F, head right just out of the exit.
Get on the elevated walkway to cross Hung Mui Kuk road

Then go down onto Hung Mui Kuk road (sidewalk on the left), heading South

After about 15minutes walk from the MTR, you'll get to this point. Take the road that parallels Hung Mui Kuk and goes up.

End of the road finishes in a squatter village. Go through it on the path on the right.

Up the stairs that connect back to Hung Mui Kuk road, then head left.

Cross the road. Go by the bus stop, cross the road again, then walk under the bridge.

Take the stairs on your right, just after the bridge

Go through the BBQ site. There's just one path

About 35 minutes and 1.8km into the hike, the path will go up a few stairs, then cross Wilson Trail Section 5 / Hung Mui Kuk Nature trail. head right onto Wilson Trail

After another 20 minutes walk or so (about 1.1km), you'll reach a bridge with metal fence, and a smaller bridge on your left.
Take the bridge and right after, head right (don't take the path that goes up on the left) 

Go over these. They, right after, it seems like the path splits. On the left, you'll see a small metal structure which might have held a sign in the past, that's where you want to go!
You then follow that path which will have you climb a few steep steps but over just 20m or so. Then the path is nice and forested, taking you through some bamboo forest

About after another 50 minutes walk, you'll reach these steps on your left. Take them

After quite a bunch of concrete steps, you'll reach Lung Yan Road. There's a map at the top of the steps on Lung Yan rd. Head right on Lung Yan Road

You'll then be taking the first major road on your right

A few more hundred meters and you'll reach this convoluted highway roundabout thingee.
Just go to your right where you connect to the road (1st picture), then follow to the left.
Cross at the 2nd crossing. Head left and follow the hairpin turn clockwise and underneath the bridge...

... you will reach this bus stop. If you have a suitable bus to bring you home, you are done. However, if you want to keep going to Kowloon Tong, go around the fence by the stairs, then left...

... then take the stairs down while noticing how people are disgusting; throwing their garbage all over the place.
At the bottom of the stairs, head left. You will have to jump over the catchwater and you will see a dirt path in front of you that you must take. 

Then the path goes along the catchwater. You can walk down atop the concrete sides of the catchwater

A 100m of so farther and you'll reach Beacon Hill rd. Head right.

Head left when you reach Cornwall road. You'll see the red and white MTR sign showing the way to Kowloon Tong MTR station

Almost 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!