This hike is ideal for people who like rugged (off the cement stairs) hiking and want to see beautiful countryside and see the city of Hong Kong from the peak. It is ideal for for fit people to spend a day of hiking, and there are also routes for short hikes and excursions.
Stage 8 of the Maclehose trail that stretches across the New Territories passes over the mountain.
There is good hiking over high hills in the big Tai Mo Shan Country park and the adjacent Shing Mun Country Park north of Kowloon. The advantage of these parks as a place for some outdoor recreation and adventure is that they are big and next to Kowloon.
Kowloon is the northern mainland part of the city of Hong Kong. Bus transportation from Kowloon to the park is quick. So getting to a Tai Mo Shan trail is quick compared to going to the places in Eastern Hong Kong or on some of the islands.
Tallest peak: Tai Mo Shan is 957 meters compares to the 934 meter height of Lantau Peak on Lantau Island that is the second tallest peak. The peak is high and steep enough so that the vegetation is different than in the rest of Hong Kong. It is mainly grass instead of the jungle that grows in a lot of other places. The peak gets 30% more rain, and the rain flows down to waterfalls that are rated highly by hikers.
The MacLehose Trail Stage 7 goes through the big Shing Mun Country Park to the east, and Stage 8 goes on Tai Mo Shan Peak. Stage 7 is rugged hiking on uneven stone steps and dirt track along ridges. But the scenery is amazing as you follow the top of ridges across towards Tai Mo Shan. There are wide expanses of seemingly dry land.
Section 8 is a good hiking trail whether there are blue skies or misty dark fog all around. The runoff and quality of the soil allows only grass to grow. This is what allows for the excellent to the horizon scenery as you walk with blue sky or clouds overhead.
The MacLehose trail in this area should only be attempted if you are in shape and your legs are strong. The mountain is in the center of the the trails north of Kowloon in North-Central Hong Kong.
Getting to the top: To hike to the top of Tai Mo Shan, you can start from the Shing Mun Reservoir by walking along a closed road called Tseun Wan Tai Po Road. When you get to the pass, there is a long flight of steps. Keep following the path on a plateau. The path then declines, and then winds upwards without steps. You can get to near the summit of Tai Mo Shan, but because there is an installation at the top, you can’t legally mount the peak.
The Rotary Club campsite is near the visitor's center parking lot. There is room for four tents. There are gardens, fire pits and drains. From the visitor facility, you could hike on a road for an hour and a half to the peak or hike around to see the 35 meter high waterfall.
To go directly to the MacLehose Trail Sections 7 and 8, you could take Minibus 82 that runs from the Tsuen Wan Station. Get off at the final stop near Lead Mine Pass. There is a park bathroom and campsite there.
Best season for hiking and camping: In the autumn and until about the middle of December, Hong Kong has a dry season with sunny dry weather and nice hiking and camping temperatures. It is cooler and drier than the summer, and it is best for hiking and tourism overall.
Free park and trail maps and pamphlets: The Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centers on Victoria Peak and at the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui has free pamphlets and maps that provide information about the various trails and country parks. It is a good idea to pick some up.
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