Tuesday, March 2, 2021

High Island Reservoir Dam loop via Po Pin Chau (破邊洲) and Pak Lap (白腊)

Duration:  6km (2h to 3h depending on the amount of picture taking)

Difficulty: 5/10. 232m elevation gain. Easy but be very cautious walking by the cliffs.

Cel phone coverage: None

Water needs: 1.5 liter. Not shaded. 

Appreciation: 10/10

Exercise Area: No

Transportation:  From SaiKung, takes the Taxi to the East Island Dam. Stop at the blue "anchor" (High Island Reservoir Monument - 紀念碑(萬宜水庫)). Return on cab to SaiKung or, via Minibus 9 between 3pm and 5pm, in front of the monument . About $125 cab fare one-way.

Why it's worth it:

The taxi will drop you off at the blue 'anchor' stone, just before the High Island East Dam. Take the stairs just 75m before anchor.

The path is well marked, you cannot really go wrong.

About 15 minutes, 420m into the hike. #1 on the map above.

Another 200m. #2 on the map above. You are climbing towards Po Pin Chau.

Watch where you step!

Po Pin Chau in all of its glory. Retrace your steps when you are done marveling at its beauty...

Back at the fork marked by #2 on the map above, go left this time.

After another 50m or so, you will reach this fork. If you go straight, it is the most-walked path but then you will miss some of the nicer views. Head left for the scenic, yet a bit bushwhacky path. 

Just keep following the path which hugs the coast. All the way to the stone sculptures/assemblies.

Go down on your right, while still staying on the path following the coast.

Cross the stream, and keep on the same path to the left.

About 3km into the hike, almost at Tsat Chung pebble beach

Across Tsat Chung beach, and up the hill.

Then pretty much just follow the path until you reach Pak Lap. Head left for a quick peak at Pak Lap beach, and some food there...

When you are done, cross Pak Lap village (there's a concrete path)

Then, pretty obvious path that will take you up back on Sai Kung Man Yee Road (Mac 1), head right and loop back to your starting point.

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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!