Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail (小粗坑古道)
Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail used to be a cattle driveway built along the Xiaocukeng Creek during the period of Japanese occupation. It was used by ancient mountain residents to carry cargo between Hsinchu Guanxi Zhukeng Shiliao and Maowudu areas, passing through Sankengzi (now Longtan) and Dakekan (now Daxi). As a result, the Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail became a very important and popular route. However, with the industrial road development at Shihmen Reservoir, the popularity of the Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail gradually declined. On the other hand, the original rich ecology was retained. Milk trees, angel trumpets, ferns, and camphor trees, etc., can be spotted as well as rare species like papilio, central formosan toad, and Swinhoe’s frog. Nowadays, it has become a popular attraction for outings.
Near the entrance of the ancient trail on Longyuan Road, tourists can find a Yuanyou Earth God Temple built in the Qing Dynasty, with a statue of "Earth God's wife holding a son" inside, which is very rare. In terms of the trail's difficulty level, the whole trail is moderate. The front section is mainly flat; you can still enjoy the scenery of tea farms while tracking. In the middle section, the trail became a pebble one. At the end section, a rope to assist climbing is necessary. If your physical condition permits and you are feeling pumped, you may continue to challenge the Mt. Shihmen Hiking Trail.
- Viewing Deck
■ Parts of the trail are steep.
■Tung flowers bloom from March to May.
油桐花季開始了！長度剛好的健行古道，適合週末健行，轉換心情，今年桐花季正悄悄拉開序幕 :) The Tung-oil blossom is coming. It took about 3 hours from the South entrance to the top (三角點 San-chao-dian) and returned. Wonderful place for weekend relaxing. Enjoy!
真的是幾乎沒有整理的古道入山口停車的位置不多路也很小條不好會車，建議停遠一點再走進來. 前兩天剛下過雨滿是泥濘不好走,走習慣台北巿修整美麗的步道的人可能會不太習慣. 除了桐花季外幾乎沒有景也沒有人,獨自前往的話要注意安全.
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