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Xiaocukeng Ancient Trail (小粗坑古道)

Traveler rating:4 8 Reviews


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The best place to enjoy tung blossoms at the end of spring is here! This quiet trail connects the Cukeng and Shihmen areas. Every year during March and May, the Hakka tung blossoms will attract many people to come and enjoy the beautiful scenery of white flowers scattered around on the green forest ground. Walking on the century-old stone stairs, it's not hard to spot lovely flowery wreaths on the ground made with petals by tourists, which can be therapeutic to spot. There are different surprises at night during the summer season as well. Fireflies like stars twinkling in the dark add charm in the darkness of the mountains. This moving scene that is hard to appreciate in the urban city will make you anticipate going up the mountain and exploring it in the dark!
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. 



Opening Hours Open all year
Charge Free


  • Viewing Deck


■ Please do not point flashlights towards fireflies.
■ Parts of the trail are steep.
■Tung flowers bloom from March to May.


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  • Tour657834

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    Friends getaway


    Traveler rating:5 2017-05

    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!
  • threec39


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    Traveler rating:2 2019-06

    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.
  • hwt680310



    Traveler rating:5 2019-04

  • CandaceYu


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    Traveler rating:3 2018-04

  • ErickLin


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    Traveler rating:4 2017-01

    小粗坑古道有南北二個登山口,如果五六月賞桐花建議從北側入口,但北側入口比較陡,有幾處需要攀繩輔助。南側入口應該是原本的舊古道,路面平緩好走,早年是可以通行牛車,二條山徑會在往石門山的山徑交匯,可以順道爬往石門山,石門山為方圓十公里的最高點,山上有個一等三角點,為小百岳之一,另外有一個貌似少見的總督府圖根點,上面字跡已模糊,Erick不確定是不是。 此古道可以繞一圈,也可以到石門山,再接石門山步道,再從台三線繞一圈回來,行程含休息約三個半鐘頭,Erick就是這麼走的。

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