Ascent of Qixingshan on 2015-04-23

Climber: Johann Schelesnak

Others in Party:Ashleigh
Date:Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
    Elevation:3675 ft / 1120 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today Ashleigh woke up stating she would like to hike a mountain and after a quick google search I found her one. We were heading to Qixing, the highest peak in Yangmingshan National Park, on the doorstep of Taipei City. We took the bus from our place up to the trailhead, but went too far, so we had to walk back a bit. It was quite cloudy and foggy as well, but the temperature was nice. We started from one visitor center and instead of doing a round trip, we decided to hike all the way to the next visitor center on the other side of the mountain. The trail was well laid out, mostly steep steps and it felt great finally being able to hike again. The people on the trail were all very nice, so respectful and there wasn't any garbage anywhere. We got to the east peak an hour later and the fog even rolled out, giving us a magnificent view over the surrounding area and all of Taipei. When we traversed to the main summit (1120m) the fog was so thick that we couldn't see very far at all, so we decided to have a snack and then descent right away. Shortly after, we passed by some fumaroles (holes of steam in the ground, giving off a sulphur smell), a reminder Taiwan is a very active island. We got back to the other visitor center around noon and the whole trail was only around 4kms, but had some decent elevation in it. We enjoyed the short workout, realizing we need to get back into shape.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1214 ft / 370 m
    Total Elevation Loss:985 ft / 300 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Bit foggy at Main Summit, otherwise warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1214 ft / 370 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Mt. Qixing East Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lengshuikeng Visitor Center  2461 ft / 750 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:985 ft / 300 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Maiopu Route
    End Trailhead:Xiaoyoukeng Visitor Center  2690 ft / 819 m
    Time:40 Minutes

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