Phoenix Ridge to the Big Wind Gap
Hike the park trails up to Phoenix Ridge, and then follow the ridge up and over the big hill to get to the Big Wind Gap. We'll return the same way to Phoenix Ridge and hike back down the park trails to finish.
A long and fairly tough climb up to the ridge. 6–7 hours over 14–16km (
Can I do it?
We'll hike up the park trails to Phoenix Ridge, and then follow the ridge up and over the big hill to get to the ‘Big Wind Gap’ and on to a good loop trail in that area.
On the way back, we'll head down early along the South Route in the park area, passing the Pagoda on the Rock and finishing at the re-opened South Gate of the park.
We're keeping an eye on this area for a chance to do a loop version instead of an out-and-back. Sign up and we’ll give you updates about that.
The 'Flying Stone' Pagoda. (
Click for larger image) Hike plan
Hike up the park trails to Phoenix Ridge
Follow the ridgeline trail to the ‘Big Wind Gap’
Do a loop hike that passes the tablet that marks the junction of Haidian, Changping, and Mentougou Districts (On advice from trail experts, this part may be a little too far. We'll see how it goes.) Hike back over the big hill by the wind gap, and then down the 'South Route' track of the park area.
On the trail down from Phoenix Ridge. (
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Extra information about the hike
6–7 hours to finish
1 hour drive each way
Haidian District, Beijing
What to bring
Reasons you might not like this hike
It's stairs and paved trails all the way up to the ridge, and stairs and paved trails all the way down to finish. (The track out to the Big Wind Gap is a great dirt trail, though.)
Where to meet up
For the hikes in Beijing our regular pick up locations are the Liangmaqiao Subway area and the Starbucks at the Lido Metropark Hotel. Occasionally we offer pick ups at other locations. Follow the link for details.
See details, maps, and photos of the pick up locations
How to pay for your hike?
For the day hikes in Beijing we collect your payment on the day.
You can pay with
Chinese dollars (
AKA Yuan or Renminbi) Wechat or Alipay mobile payments
For overnight trips and special activities we typically require payment in advance. We'll contact you to arrange that payment when we receive your booking.
For payment in advance
Wechat or Alipay mobile payments