UPDATE 2020/12/24: The camp area at Stone Gate Mountain has to close down this weekend, and we can’t hike there. We’re working on a replacement hike and will update ASAP.
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. The two waterfalls should be icy and frozen right now.
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.