Phoenix Ridge Scenic Area and the Flying Stone Pagoda

A loop hike in the Phoenix Ridge Scenic area that goes all the way up the stairs to the ‘Flying Stone Pagoda’ and then back down a different track to finish.

Level 3+
A long and fairly tough climb up to the ridge. 3–4 hours of walking and hiking over approx. 8km. (Can I do it?)

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Phoenix Ridge | Views of mountains
Views from Phoenix Ridge.

With pretty much everywhere shut down for visitors it’s tough to find a good hike right now. We’ve found a few places to go for a walk, and, while they’re not quite the sort of trail we usually go for, it is definitely awesome to be able to get up into the hills and into the open air.

This hike follows part of our old "Woodpecker Trail and the Pagoda on the Rock" trail, but with the village on the other side of Phoenix Ridge closed to visitors we're only able to do the part of the hike that stays inside the park area. The park area contains a network of paved trails that pass by old shrines, caves, and precariously-perched pagodas. We'll follow the park stairs up to the ridge to take a look at the "Flying Stone Pagoda" perched at 728m above sea level, and then come back down a different path across the slopes.

The Flying Stone Pagoda on Phoenix Ridge
The Flying Stone Pagoda on Phoenix Ridge

We mentioned it was an old hike of ours. How old? You can read a 2007 write up of Woodpecker Trail hike on china.org.cn, featuring a short interview with Huijie.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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