White River hike | Fording the White River
Hikers crossing the White River.

White River hike

Stay cool in summer with a hike that will get your feet wet, fording the river on this long and level canyon hike that passes beneath tall cliffs.

Level 3
3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 12km. (Can I do it?)

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Ford rivers on this long and level canyon hike in Miyun District, passing beneath tall cliffs and following the path of the river as it winds through the mountains. The area is relatively unpopulated, making this an excellent scenic hike that will fill your lungs with fresh air.

We’ll be following the White River as it winds through a deep and wide canyon with numerous forks and steep rocky cliffs, making this an extremely picturesque hike that is easy to finish as long as you don’t mind getting your feet wet crossing the river.

In some places there are bridges and stepping stones that you can use to cross, but for many of the crossings it’s off with the shoes as we wade across. The water is usually neither deep nor fast, and will freeze over in winter.

At times, the trail leads us through trees, but for most of the walk we’ll follow the course of the river. It’s flat the whole way, and the only thing that really makes this a long day is the need to take off our shoes at various crossings of the river.

Fording the White River
The White River flows below tall cliffs. (Click for larger image)

What’s to see?
A running river, impressive tall and steep cliffs made from massive slabs of rock and boulders, pine trees, grassy dried riverbed, geese and rocks reflected in pools of water.

We recommend that you bring a pair of sport-type sandals to protect your feet from rocks during river crossings. It’s possible to cross barefoot, but the bottom of the river is rocky and a bit hard on the feet. If the sandals you wear don’t have straps to hold them to your feet, there’s a good chance you’ll lose them!

COVID-19 and participation precautions

The brief version:

  • Please 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/is.
  • 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: White River hike

  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.

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