Shihmen Mountain Trail(石門山步道)
The north end of Shihmen Mountain Trail is accessible through the archway on Minchi Road. The beginning section of the trail footpath is earthy. Street vendors selling hiking sticks, small eats and mountain produces gather on holidays. The inclination of the footpath is mild, allowing hikers to save energy for the upcoming challenge while appreciating the greeneries comprise of tung trees, acacia confusa and ferns. The 400-meter long “Slope for the hero” is a steep uphill with a 200-meter grade difference. It is so physically challenging that hikers would need to pull ropes. Another trail is the Jinchun Footpath which is much easier to conquer. The excitement triggered by the spectacular view of the dam at mountain peak is the best cure for fatigue. After some proper rest, you can continue uphill to the 535-meter Taipingshan. A communication tower is established at the peak. Conquering two peaks in one day is definitely satisfying!
Guanyinxiang Footpath next to Shihmenshan Labor Recreation Center is yet another option. Artistic statues and dinosaur models are placed on both sides of the level asphalt path. What an interesting and eye-catching comparison. Follow the gradually ascending stone steps uphill for about 400 meters to an observation deck, you will see the 8-meter high Guanyin Statue that quietly watches passing travelers. Continue to proceed to Paradise Platform, it is where the “slope for the hero” footpath meets with the Guanyinxiang footpath. Many hikers set the triangulation point as target to enjoy an unlimited field of view. You can also follow signs to the south-end of the Shihmen Mountain Trail on Provincial Highway No.3 B.
- Viewing Deck
- Bus Station
- Parking Lot
- Hiking Trail
■Free parking at Longtan Shihmen Recreation Center
Badly managedIt is a mountain trek that , created by locals, and words spread all over ,and becoming a frequent mountain trek for families over the weekend, the beginning of the trek is sadly very badly over developed with markets, food stalls and shops...really sadly over developed ! The rest of the trek can be steep, treks are not properly managed and may well be just dirt trek, overall its a safe and reasonable scenic trek. The trek can be interesting during spring with flowers blooming and autumn when maple leaf are red, but the beginning of the trek, seeing the overdevelopment is a little bit sad
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