Jingxi Ancient Road
The time we saw yaks on the trail.

Jingxi Ancient Road and Horse Hoofprints

Hike a long section of the Jingxi Ancient Road, making a quick detour to check out the 'horse hoofprints', indentations left in rock by horses and donkeys carrying coal for trade.

Level 4
4–5 hours of hiking over 15km. (Can I do it?)

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This hike is a new version of our old ‘Ancient Horse Hoofprints’ hike, which we stopped doing after a big road was built right through the middle of the hiking trail. We’ve found a new start point which adds a longer walk on the Jingxi Ancient Road and avoids the big road.

The hike

We start off in a village that sits at a crossroads on the Jingxi Ancient Road, a network of old trails and trading routes that cross over the mountains in the west of Beijing.

Behind the village we stay on the path of the trading route, making a slow climb up ‘Flower Valley’ into the hills.

Part of the way up into the hills we’ll come to a split in the trail, and we’ll either go the steep way – a chain-assisted clamber up a cliff – or take a more meandering route around. This time we’re planning to do the meandering route to make the hike a little longer, but we’ll see how it goes on the day.

After stopping for a lunch break we’ll continue up to a pass in the mountains. On the other side of the pass is a long trail that leads down to the outskirts of Beijing city. Before we hike down, we’ll do a little detour to check out the ‘ancient horse hoofprints’.

The hike finishes in another village that was one of the main stops on the trading route. We’ll head down to the village after adding on a bit of extra walking in the hills.

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.

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