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Great Wall Spur

In Brief: After a reasonably tough hill climb of 40–50 minutes, we reach a beautiful, unrestored stretch of Great Wall. The hike continues along the wall, passing through towers, finishing in a rustic village.

A stretch of Great Wall

Looking down a line of wild Great Wall. View more photos »

Key information

  • 3–4 hours start to finish over 7.5km.

Note: tough climb at the start of the hike. While rated a 3+, this hike is sort of a tough 3+ because of the long climb at the beginning. We go up about 500m over 2km of trail, which is a climb worthy of a Level 4 hike.

On this hike we will visit a section of the Great Wall that was completed around 1580 A.D., during the reign of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Wan Li.

The hike begins with a warmup walk up a valley road, followed by a fairly tough climb up a hillside path to reach the Great Wall. This climb is steep in a few places, and it will take us 50-60 minutes. This is the most difficult part of the hike: approximately 2km, with a change in elevation of approximately 500m.

A stretch of Great Wall

Hiking down from a tower.

After reaching the top we’ll follow the Great Wall as it winds along and up a ridge. Because the Great Wall was designed as a defensive fortification we will get excellent views, with mountains, villages, and other stretches of the Great Wall all in sight as we walk. We will pass through towers along the way, and stop for a snack break at the highest point.

Our walk on the Wall will finish at a big tower – from there we’ll follow a trail down another valley, finally arriving at the small village where we’ll finish the walk.

On a clear day we’ll have great views of the Great Wall to the northeast and west as we walk.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • The climb up to the wall is a long one – no problem if you’re into exercise!

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level3+

Level of difficulty

Level 3+ is a ‘tougher’ moderate hike. There may be long climbs up hills, and there may be steep sections.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 7.5km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 649m
  • Total descent: 567m
  • Start height: 229m
  • Peak: 782m
  • Finish height: 311m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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Departure date: Wednesday, June 28
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, July 1
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Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, July 1
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Dragon Cloud Mountain and White River

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Great Wall Spur

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Shuitou Village Loop hike

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Extra

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, July 23
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Down the White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, July 26
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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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The Great Flood

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Dragon Cloud Mountain

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 2
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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: Thursday, August 3
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, August 5
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Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, August 6
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Dragon Cloud Mountain and White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 9
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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, August 10
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Saturday, August 12
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The Pinnacle Tower

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Little West Lake and Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, August 13
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Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: Sunday, August 13
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Immortal Valley Loop

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 16
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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Departure date: Thursday, August 17
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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Departure date: Saturday, August 19
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Miaofengshan Super Loop

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Departure date: Saturday, August 19
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: Sunday, August 20
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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Sunday, August 20
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Down the White River

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Departure date: Wednesday, August 23
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Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

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Departure date: Thursday, August 24
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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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Big Camp Plate Great Wall

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Silver Pagoda Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Hillwalking Challenge: Prove Your Loyalty Perfectly

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop Hike

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White River hike

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Great Wall Spur

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Walk Down The Incense Trail to Dajue Temple

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

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Great Wall Spur

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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

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Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

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Departure date: Wednesday, September 27
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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall

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