Ascent of Tai Mo Shan on 2019-09-05

Climber: Samuel Scibetta

Date:Thursday, September 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tai Mo Shan
    Location:Hong Kong
    Elevation:3140 ft / 957 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the Tsuen Wan Line to Tsuen Was station, then hopped on bus #51 (The stop is actually upstairs on the highway/bridge that passes over the station, took me a second to find) and got off at "Tai Mo Shan Country Park" stop. The bus stop is right next to the Maclehose trail (where Sec 8 meets Sec 9). I crossed the street from where the bus dropped me off and started up section 8. Stairs lead up to a visitor center after a quarter-mile, then you can choose to continue following the trail or walk up the road (very few cars). I chose the trail and began climbing a combination of stairs and muddy ground along the ridge leading up towards Tai Mo Shan peak.

There are some great picnic spots and viewpoints as you begin to climb, you are looking mostly South and East towards Sai Kung (where the mountains look spectacular) as well as down into eastern Kowloon and Chai Wan across the water. A mountain is blocking the view into Central/TST, but occasionally I was able to see the top of IFC tower peeking out over the top of it.

The Trail crosses the road a couple of times and after a couple of KM joins with the road after a roadblock prevents the public from driving up to the top of the mountain. I continued walking up the road and was soon engulfed in clouds (was not raining but clouds were hanging low). At the top, you reach a weather station/communication towers area that is not open to the public, so I say outside the fence and enjoyed some peanut m&ms and LOTS of water.

The climb was steadily uphill the whole time, and I did it without stopping much in about an hour (I believe the climb is about 2.5 miles). I passed a few others doing the hike but it was by no means crowded. I didn't linger too long given there was no view, so climbed back down the way I had come. I passed a big black cow walking straight up the road as I began to descend, it was moving at a steady pace and just kept moving past me without looking up. Must have been in the zone. Once the road turned back into a trail, I ran into a small group of wild boar that seemed to be eating right off to the side of the trail in front of me. One looked right at me for about 30 seconds and I froze until they all moved off into the woods.

I reached the bottom and had to wait 20 minutes or so for a bus back to Tsuen Wan Station. Overall, beautiful views and wildlife, easily public transport access and got to see the highest point in Hong Kong. Only thing is would have enjoyed if it were a little more "wild" as there were plenty of buildings along the way and a road that goes all the way up. Will definitely do again at some point!
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