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Shuitou Village Loop hike

In Brief: Hike over the hills to isolated Shuitou Village, hidden deep in the hills of Huailai District. Great hilly scenery and exercise, and a walk through at a village that hasn't changed much since the '80s.

A view of the hills near Shuitou Village

A view of the hills near Shuitou Village. View more photos »

Key information

  • Approx. 5 hours of hiking over around 16km.
Change to the plan

We can’t do the Shuitou Village Loop hike tomorrow and will be hiking a different trail instead.

Our local friend Mr Li says that it has been snowing all day and that the mountain roads on the way to the hike could still be icy and dangerous tomorrow morning.

We’ve picked a replacement hike that is somewhat similar in length and scenery: about four hours of walking hill trails between villages with a couple of nice big climbs. We’ll be hiking into the Silver Pagodas from the side gate, climbing up to the peak of Silver Mountain, then out the back and over the hills to finish at East Water Village. I guess we could call it the ‘Silver Pagoda Loop Plus’.

Cost is the same, departure time is the same, and we don’t need to worry about icy mountain roads.

p.s. for a look at the Silver Pagodas trail see here: http://www.beijinghikers.com/hike-in-beijing/view/312/silver-pagoda-loop-full/

We’ll be doing 75% of this hike (but backwards), and then going over another set of hills to finish on the Beijing side.

This trail follows short sections of a few of our Zhenbiancheng area hikes, but adds a big extra section that takes us back in time with a hike over to the left-in-the-80s village of Shuitou.16km in the hills and valleys, with a good 952m of ascent over the course of the hike.

Members and regulars who have had enough Great Wall: You’ll see a bit of wall on this hike, but just 600m of the whole trail is actually on the wall. The rest of it is hill trails and dirt roads.

Highlights

  • Views of the jagged peaks of Brushrest Mountain
  • The jungle-y trail through Potato Valley
  • The Shuitou Great Wall water arch, through which water used to run down from the hills
  • The isolated farming village of Shuitou, which made Big Boss Huijie feel like she was back in 80s-era China

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the trail will be overgrown and scratchy, with a bit of ducking and weaving required to get through Potato Valley.
  • We finish the hike following the first 4km of our Zhenbiancheng Great Wall hike.

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

Level4

Level of difficulty

Level 4 hikes will usually take 4 hours to complete, and will be difficult for people who are not used to hiking or are out of shape.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 16km
  • Time to complete: est. 5 hours
  • Total ascent: 952m
  • Total descent: 926m
  • Start height: 775m
  • Peak: 1243m
  • Finish height: 799m
  • Location: Huailai
  • Drive time: 2–2.5 hours each way

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