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A broad trail on a wide plateau
Hiking up a broad trail on a wide plateau.

Miaofengshan Super Loop

Hike trail changed because we can't do the full loop。 Hike up on to the ridgeline of the mountains opposite Miaofengshan Temple and make a big 16km loop all the way around, climbing 1,000m-plus on the way.

Level 4
One steep scramble on the way up the last hill. 5–6 hours start to finish over 16km (Can I do it?)

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TRAIL UPDATE: part of the trail near the end of the loop is closed and we can’t get around it. We’re going to do half of the loop, and then head off down one of the old pilgrim’s trails in the area to finish at Yangtai Mt. Scenic area. The new hike is roughly 12km and rates a Level 3+.

This hike starts from a village close by to Miaofengshan Temple, in Beijing’s West Mountains. We’ll follow part of an old pilgrims’ trail along a ridge with excellent views, up to a plateau, then up and along the Vulture Rock Ridge.

From the carpark in the middle of the village we’ll follow the main road up towards their orchards and terraces, turning off to head up a steep and twisting mountainside trail. Halfway up we’ll join one of the many pilgrim trails in the area, a roughly paved path that heads up to a saddle above the village.

The trail winds on a flat path through taller hills
The hillside trail towards the firewarden’s house. (Click for larger image)

There’s an easy and open trail across the hillside, with long views of the surrounding mountains. The trail takes us through the hills, then down a valley and through a straggly pine forest, passing the house of the local firewarden boss.

The path through the pine forest will take us to a gently rising plateau, where we’ll stop for a snack, rest, and a look around.

A trail leads up the plateau and along Vulture Rock Ridge. At first it’s a broad gravelly trail along an old firebreak, which then meets a new road that was built up to the lookout point up top.

We’ll follow that road for a little while, and then get back on to hill trails to reach the first peak on the hike, at an altitude of 1,265m. The views are worth the climb – mountains all around, and views of the flat area that is slowly being filled by Beijing’s urban sprawl. 

From the peak we continue along the ridge, passing by the tablet that marks the junction of Beijing’s Mentougou, Changping, and Haidian districts.

We then make a steep descent and pass the ruins of an old teahouse, and then get back up on to the ridge that will take us up to the peak of Miaofeng Mountain—a steady climb with a few really steep sections that takes us up to 1,277m above sea level. It’s a scenic trail, but can get bushy in summer.

We follow a gravel trail down from the peak of Miaofeng Mountain, sneaking through the side of the Miaofengshan temple and then down a paved stairway to finish the loop.

 

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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    Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2019/05/11

    On this hike we hit three of the peaks in Beijing's western mountains, and took a look at the Miaofengshan Temple on the way down—see 14 photos from the Miaofengshan Super Loop.

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