White River hike | Taking a break by the river
Taking a break by the river.

Along the White River

Hike down to the White River and head downstream on trails, gravel tracks, and dirt roads by the riverside, passing below tall cliffs.

Level 3
3 hours of easy walking over approx. 9km. (Can I do it?)

This hike is not currently scheduled

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UPDATE 2021/07/22: This hike is almost certainly not going to happen as planned. The river is too flooded – same as last weekend. We have some hiking trails in the mountains on either end, and we can get down to the riverside to get a look at the water, at least. Click the button to get on the ‘Updates list’ and we’ll let you know what’s available.

This is almost exactly the same White River hike that we do in summer and winter, but on this visit you don't need to get your feet wet unless you really want to. If it's a hot day, there's a good chance you will want to!

You'll see the running river, leafy green trees by the riverside, impressive tall and steep cliffs made from massive slabs of rock and boulders, and hopefully the local family of herons that nest high up in the cliffs.

It’s possible to hike all the way down without crossing, but it’s also fun to get your feet wet on a few of the crossings—up to you!

The hike starts at a small scenic area at the top of a long, rocky canyon that leads down to the river. We'll follow the park trails down to the riverside, a walk of around 45 minutes.

After arriving at the riverside we’ll start following the river as it winds down through a deep and wide canyon with numerous forks and steep rocky cliffs, making this an extremely picturesque hike that is easy to finish.

Just after halfway on the hike we'll stop by a ford in the river for a lunch break. It’s the perfect place for a paddle in the river.

From there it’s a flat walk of about one hour to finish the hike.

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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Photos and trip reports: Along the White River

  1. Along the White River, 2021/06/20

    Along the White River, 2021/06/20

    One of our best summer hikes—an easy trail by the river, shaded paths in places, and clear water to dip in to cool down. See 20 photos.
  2. Along the White River, 2020/05/02

    Along the White River, 2020/05/02

    See a set of 12 photos from the White River hike—with a forecast high of 36°C, it was a perfect day to cool off in the still-chilly water.

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