Monday, January 18, 2021

Zimmerman's Loop Section 6 : Long Dragon’s Back Walk (龍脊段)

Duration:  8.7km (3h30)

Difficulty: 5/10. Some steps at the beginning over a 125m ascent, but that's it. You can do the harder but more scenic version here: 

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1.5 liter. 30% shaded. 

Appreciation: 7.5/10. First kilometer is very very nice (look behind you!), but the rest is a bit boring.

Exercise Area: Yes, at the very end.

Transportation:  Get to Shai Kei Wan MTR. Then take bus #9 and get off at To Tei Wan - Dragon's Back stop. Return from one of the numerous buses at the Island Resort bus terminus.

Why it's worth it:


About 275m into the hike, you will get to point market with a big 'X' on the map above. You head right and up to stairs to climb the "Dragon's back"

About an hour-and-a-half into the hike, your path will intersect Hong Kong Trail Section 8, take a right onto it.

About 1.2km farther, you will reach the point on the map above marked with an 'X' where you will want to follow along the railing (on the left).
Afterwards, it is quite simple; just follow the path (Pottinger Peak Country Trail-There will be markers with a 'C' every 500m) until you reach Cape Collinson Road. Then turn immediately into Dragon Trail, which will take you all the way to Island Resort

Island Resort. Bus terminus is under the housing estate.

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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!