Big Black Mountain | On trails through orchards and farmland, near Big Black Mountain
On trails through orchards and farmland, near Big Black Mountain.

Hillwalking Challenge: Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain

An 19km trek through the Huairou hills, passing through terraced valleys full of chestnut trees and finishing with a walk out between the cliffs of the valleys below Moss Mountain.

Level 4+
6–7 hours over around 19km. (Can I do it?)
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Booking info

Saturday, October 5

¥390 / ¥350 for members

  1. 6:45am departure from the Liangmaqiao subway area
  2. 7:15am departure from the Lido Metropark Hotel Starbucks
Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.
Holiday hike! It's the Golden Week holiday, and we might get stuck in traffic at some point on the way to or from the hike. We recommend you don't make fixed plans for the evening.

For this long hike, we're joining two of our good hillwalking trails to make a tough trek through the Huairou hills. There's a reasonable amount of up and down on this hike, but most of the climbing is long and slow.

On trails through orchards and farmland, near Big Black Mountain
On trails through orchards and farmland, near Big Black Mountain. (Click for larger image)

Part 1: Big Black Mountain hike

We begin our hike north of the Black Mountain and follow a farm trail through chestnut orchards up to a ridge, crossing over at the highest point on the whole hike. Before heading down the other side, we will have a short break and admire the view – Black Mountain behind, Great Wall in front.

The trail we follow is seldom used, and overgrown and bushy in places: trousers and a long-sleeved top will help you protect yourself from the worst damage of any scratchy bushes you encounter.

After descending and walking out a long valley, the trail meets a river. Close by to the river is an small network of tunnels, which we can explore with a torch. The tunnels were constructed during the 1960s, perhaps as a sort of bomb shelter, perhaps as a possible site for a field hospital, and were quite extensive before being blocked up.

From the river we'll walk along a road and through some orchards on the way to another village. From this village we'll have a short climb up to the to an archway in the Great Wall, which we'll pass through on the way to the Walled Village.

Hiking through the forest towards Moss Mountain
Hiking through the forest towards Moss Mountain. (Click for larger image)

Part 2: Moss Mountain hike

We'll walk on from the village, first following the concrete roads that service the villagers' chestnut orchards and then turning off on to a gravel road that heads up towards a quarry.

Behind the quarry a brushy trail leads uphill and into a forest, and deep in the forest we'll find a small shack right next to a huge pine tree.

From the pine tree the path leads further up into the forest, crossing at a pass on a ridgeline and descending into an area of orchards, terraces, and rocky hills. Eventually we join up with a park trail, and follow it out to the main road.

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