As the capital of Taiwan, many people choose to work in Taipei. Every weekend, these hiking trails become their best choices to go outing. Having no idea where to go this weekend? Want to stay away from the busy city but don’t want to go too far? We have sorted out 5 popular hiking trails in Taipei. Let us go out together and stop being couch potatoes!
ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN (XIANGSHAN) TRAIL
Elephant Mountain is regarded as the most easily accessible trail with the most amazing scenery in Taipei. It is also the most famous hiking trail in Taiwan. You may be curious about why the name of the Mountain is an animal. This is because people say the shape of the mountain looks like an elephant from a distance. In addition to the Elephant Mountain, there are also Tiger Mountain, Leopard Mountain and Lion Mountain in Taipei City. People call these four mountains named after the four beasts as the “Four Beast Mountain”.
When climbing up the Elephant Mountain, you must not miss the photo taking spot overlooking the Xinyi District from the Six Giant Rocks. It is also recognized as the best place to see the whole building of Taipei 101. Lots of Instagrammers love this view so much. However, since the boulder has a certain height, please pay attention to your own safety when climbing to avoid falling and injury.
Google Maps search for “Xiangshan Trail” or the address “Alley 342, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110”.
Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Red Line) to Xiangshan Station, and follow the signs to go to the trailhead.
Take Bus No. 1, 22, 32, 33, 37, 226, 288, Blue 5, or Chengde Main Line to Wuxing Elementary School Stop, then walk to the trailhead.
TIGER MOUNTAIN (HUSHAN) TRAIL
Tiger Mountain, which is also a member of the “Four Beast Mountain”, is another popular hiking spot in Taipei. Although the altitude is only 140 meters, the scenery along Tiger Mountain’s trail is amazing. You may often see Taipei 101 around the corners and feel that it is climbing the mountain with you. Therefore, Tiger Mountain is also a great place to enjoy the New Year Taipei 101 fireworks show.
In addition to the beautiful views, another attraction of Tiger Mountain is its natural ecology. The popular photo spot can be reached in less than five minutes by walking along the Tiger Mountain Stream from the trailhead. If you like to play in the water, there are steps along the way that allow you to walk to the river. Besides, every April and May is even the firefly admiration season in Tiger Mountain.
Google Maps search for “四獸山市民森林碑” or the address ” No.36, Lane 251, Fude St., Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110″.
Take MRT Bannan Line (Blue Line) to Houshanpi Station, and walk 15 to 20 minutes or ride Ubike to the trailhead.
Take Bus No. 46, Xinyi Main Line, or 207 to Fengtian Temple, then walk to the trailhead.
Take Bus No. BL10, 257, Ren Ai Main Line, 88 Shuttle, 88, 286 Sub Line, or 286 to Fude Elementary School, then walk to the trailhead.
JIN MIAN MOUNTAIN TRAIL
The meaning of Jin Mian Mountain is a mountain with a golden surface. This is because Jin Mian Mountain’s geology contains quartz, which makes the top of the mountain golden when the sun shines, hence it is given by the name. When climbing up to Jin Mian Mountain, you can see the sceneries of Neihu District, Keelung River, Miramar Ferris Wheel, and Taipei 101. The peak of the mountain is even an Instagrammers’ favorite photo taking place.
The most distinctive feature of Jin Mian Mountain is its rough and steep terrain. In some places you have to climb ropes to get up the mountain. Apart from this, Jin Mian Mountain is also the habitat of Taiwan Blue Magpie. If you are lucky enough, you may even see this Taiwanese protected species in the mountains.
Google Maps search for “Jinmianshan Trail” or the address “Lane 136, Section 1, Huanshan Rd., Neihu District, Taipei City, 114”.
Take MRT Wenhu Line (Brown Line) to Xihu Station, and walk 15 to 20 minutes or ride Ubike to the trailhead.
Take Bus No. 214, 256, 268, BL20 Shuttle, BL27, or R31 to Huanshan Rd. Stop, then walk to the trailhead.
QIXING MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Qixing Mountain is located in the Yangmingshan National Park, it is the highest mountain in Taipei City. There are 3 trailheads, which are Xiaoyoukeng, Lengshuikeng, and Miaopo respectively. Among 3 of the routes, Xiaoyoukeng and Lengshuikeng are more popular. Tourists usually start from one trailhead and end at another. Compared with other hiking trails in Taipei, the Qixing Mountain is more challenging. It is suitable for people who regularly do exercise.
At the top of Qixing Mountain, there is a pillar with the altitude of the mountain on it. People like to take a photo there to celebrate their climbing of this mountain, which altitude is over 1,000 meters. In addition to the mountain scenery, the manzanita in autumn and the cherry blossoms in spring always attract a large number of photographers and tourists.
Xiaoyoukeng: Google Maps search for “Xiao You Keng Parking“.
Lengshuikeng: Google Maps search for “Lengshuikeng Visitor Center“.
Xiaoyoukeng: Take MRT to Jiantan, Shipai, or Beitou Station, and take Bus No. R5, S8, or 230 to Yangmingshan Station, then take National Park Bus No. 108 to Xiaoyoukeng Station.
Lengshuikeng: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Red Line) to Jiantan Station, then take Bus No. S15 to Lengshuikeng Visitor Center.
Xiaoyoukeng: Take Bus No. 1717 at Taipei Main Station to Xiaoyoukeng Service Center.
Lengshuikeng: Take Bus No. 260 at Taipei Main Station to Yangmingshan Station, then take National Park Bus No. 108 to Lengshuikeng Visitor Center.
JUN JIAN YAN TRAIL
The Jun Jian Yan, which is located inside the Yang Ming University, is the best choice for beginner hikers. With the altitude of less than 200 meters and the gentle path, it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top. The name of Jun Jian Yan means a warship rock in Chinese, it was given because it looks like a warship from a distance. On the peak of the Jun Jian Yan, you can enjoy the scenery of mountains in the distance and overlook the Taipei Basin.
There are 3 trailheads to go to the Jun Jian Yan. The Wellington Height Trailhead is closest to the photo taking spot, but it only opens from 5:30am to 6pm. The other two trailheads are the Yang Ming University trailhead and the Taipei Veterans General Hospital trailhead. Although they take more time to reach the top, they are more convenient to go by public transportation.
Wellington Height: Google Maps search for “威靈頓山莊警衛室“.
Yang Ming University: Google Maps search for “Warship rock pro Mountain Trail trailhead Yang-Ming University“.
Taipei Veterans General Hospital: Google Maps search for “台北榮總思源樓“
Yang Ming University & Taipei Veterans General Hospital: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Red Line) to Shipai Station, and walk 15-20 minutes to the trailheads.
Yang Ming University: Take Bus No. 216, 223, 288, 550 to Yang Ming University, then walk to the trailhead.
Taipei Veterans General Hospital: Take Bus No. 216, 223, 224, 266, 267, 277, 285, 288, 290, 508, 601, 606, 646, 105, R12, or R19 to Taipei Veterans General Hospital, then walk to the trailhead.
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