Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Middle Dog's Teeth (中狗牙)

Duration: 6.5 kilometers (4 hours)

Difficulty: 8/10. 711m elevation gain. There's scrambling so if you are afraid of heights, not a good one for you! While it is technically easier than West Dog Teeth, I rate it the same because the path is more sandy and therefore more slippery which, to me, makes it more treacherous.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1.5 liter. 10% shaded.

Appreciation: 9/10. Scenic, although less so than West Dog Teeth.

Transportation: MTR to Tung Chung, then bus #11 or #23 (gets quite busy on weekends). Or ferry to Mui Wo, then bus #1 or #2. Get off at "Shek Pik Police Station" (Police stand. Right before the dam. Or, next one right after the dam if you missed it. There are toilets right after the dam)
Return via various buses at Big Buddha or via cable car to Tung Chung.

Why it's worth it:

Map & Details: 

Exercise Area: No
Get off at "Shek Pik Police Station" (police stand). That's the stop right before the Shek Pik reservoir.

From the stop, retrace your step in the direction the bus came from (so, opposite the dam). There's a sidewalk all the way on the left.

After about 500m, you'll arrive at the Country Park entrance.
Go past the barrier and keep walking towards the first bridge, about 100m away

Take the bridge and just follow the path. There's no really any other way but for the well delimited path

Some stairs... keep going... the path will meander. 

About 25-30 minutes into the hike (1.4km), you will reach this point. Pay attention to the signage, as well as the trees. To the right is the start of Middle Dog's Teeth. 

Then it is quite straightforward, just follow the dirt path all the way to the point where you will meet West Dog's Teeth (pointed by left-most arrow). That is the "scary" bit. There's a chain to help you down. Afterwards, it is the same ending as West-Dog.

This is the rock formation that will mark the end of your climb for today.

About 4km/2h30min in, you are virtually done climbing (just a tiny bit more, and easy).
Keep going towards the top, don't take the path that is going down. The rock that you see up at a distance (The Bird Rock)...

... is this rock. You are done climbing. And you are now on Lantau trail.
The stairs on your left will lead you to Ngong Ping, the end of your trip. There are a lot of stairs though...

Almost at the end. Go straight

Budha in sight. Buses and the cable-car are not far behind.
A superb trail!

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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!