Stone Gate Mountain Camp hike
Try out the 9km+ trail at Stone Gate Mountain Camp—hike the stairs to the 'Stone Gate', continue up past the waterfalls, and cross the ridge to complete the full loop.
Rated a Level 4 because of steep stairs and some tricky tracks. 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.