Stone Gate Mountain Camp hike
Test out the 9km+ mountain trail at Stone Gate Mountain Camp.
3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 9km. (
Can I do it?
For this walk we will visit Stone Gate Mountain Camp, a private camping area in the mountains just north of Huairou City.
It’s named Stone Gate Mountain for a large rock arch up on a cliff face.
The first part of the hike takes us up paved trails and stairs to the Stone Gate, where a lookout platform has been built. It’s fairly steep on the way up.
From the arch we continue through the hills to a small temple, by a valley road.
The easier version goes down that valley road and back out to the start point, crossing a few spots where the road was washed out by summer floods.
The longer version continues up the valley road to take a look at the waterfalls: one called the Big Sister, the other the Little Sister.
Farther up the road ends, and we get on to rough hill paths and trails to cross over at a pass and then down into another valley. A trail down that valley will bring us back to the start point.
Extra information about the hike
3–4 hours to finish
1.5 hour drive each way
Huairou District, Beijing
What to bring
Packed lunch to eat during the hike
1–2 litres of water in a reusable container*
Sun protection: long-sleeved shirt, hat
A bottle of sports drink with salt content (Gatorade, Pocari Sweat)
Waterproof jacket or poncho
Good hiking boots
Standard hiking gear as per our packing list
Why bring your own water?
Reasons you might not like this hike
The track up into the mountains is all paved.
Some steep steps and stairs.
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
Looking up at the 'Iron Gate'.
One of the waterfalls.
The other waterfall.
At the playground. (
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Swings at the playground. (
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Playing by one of the waterfalls.