Home > Hike in Beijing

Not currently open for booking

This hike is not currently scheduled, and the information on this page may be incomplete or out of date.

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

In Brief: A 10km hike that features mellow trails up to the Great Wall, some steep ups and downs on unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall, and then a quick climb over a hill to complete the loop.

The General’s Tower

A line of unrestored ‘wild’ Great Wall leads up to the General’s Tower.

Key information

  • 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 10km.

Regular hikers: There’s a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

We start off easy with a wee walk up the concrete road behind Stone Valley Village, a tidy settlement just on the Beijing side of the border.

Further up the road we turn off on to a paved path up, and then take a turn for the hills on a dirt trail that leads up to the Great Wall. The trail takes us up through a forested valley, getting slightly steeper as we near the Great Wall.

After taking a break by the Great Wall, we follow it up along a rough and unrestored section all the way up to a 1034m beacon tower known as the General’s Tower, the largest on this line of wall. From up on top of the tower we’ll have great views of the surrounding mountains, with more wall seen snaking off into the distance.

We continue along the Great Wall, aiming for a pass where it dips down low. There are some steep and slippery sections on this stretch, with hill trail detours around the worst parts. Some exposure to heights, with a tricky descent.

As we near the pass, the wall becomes too steep for fun hiking and we’ll follow a side trail down the outside, and then hook around through the pass. Once upon a time the pass would have been heavily fortified, but now the thick walls are tumbled down and we can stroll right through.

We’ll follow a field trail further up the valley, and then hike a trail up and over the hill, crossing a rough line of what’s said to be Northern Qi-era (550–577) Great Wall before hiking down to Stone Valley Village to complete the loop.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the Great Wall here are rather steep and slippery.
  • We occasionally meet bad traffic on the way, going through the Badaling pass.
  • There’s a significant amount of crossover with this hike and our Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike.

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.

Is the level of difficulty suitable for me?

Hike statistics

  • Distance: 10km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 526m
  • Total descent: 526m
  • Start height: 678m
  • Peak: 1034m
  • Location: Yanqing
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

Hikes in Beijing

We publish our hike schedule month by month, with updates around the 10th of each month.

If you're interested in hikes and trips during a month that's not yet listed, use our contact form to let us know and we'll send you a quick email when the schedule is online.

Hike in Beijing calendar

See the Hike in Beijing schedule in our calendar


Find a hike

Great Wall hikesGreat Wall campingHillwalking hikesTough hikesEasy hikesShunyi hikesSee all the hikes »Calendar


All upcoming hikes in Beijing

Departure date: Saturday, October 20
Standby

Miaofengshan Super Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 20
Standby

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 21
Standby

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, October 24
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, October 25
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 27
Book it

Yudu Mountains and Sujia River

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, October 27
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 28
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, October 28
Book it

Waste-Free Wall: Clean up the Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, October 31
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 1
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 3
Book it

Chinese Knot Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 3
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 4
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 4
Book it

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 7
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 8
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 10
Book it

Switchback Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 10
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 11
Book it

Great Wall: Nine-Eyes Tower

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 11
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 14
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 15
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 17
Book it

Over the Hills to the Ming Tombs

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 17
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 18
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 18
Book it

Shunyi Hikers: Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 21
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 22
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 24
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, November 24
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, November 25
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, November 28
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Thursday, November 29
Book it

Great Wall: Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 1
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 2
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, December 5
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 8
Book it

High Rise to Longquanyu

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 8
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 9
Book it

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 9
Book it

Silver Pagoda Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, December 12
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 15
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 15
Book it

Triangle Hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 16
Book it

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Wednesday, December 19
Book it

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 22
Book it

The High Tower Loop hike

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 22
Book it

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 23
Book it

‘Almost Christmas’ on the Great Wall: Hemp Village to Gubeikou

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, December 25
Book it

Great Wall Christmas: Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Saturday, December 29
Book it

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall East

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Sunday, December 30
Book it

Great Wall Spur

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, December 31
Book it

Immortal Valley Loop

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Monday, December 31
Book it

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Read more about this hike »
Departure date: Tuesday, January 1
Book it

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop

Read more about this hike »

Explore China

See more of China on a multi-day trip—travel to famous scenic areas, or choose to visit somewhere obscure and less well-known.

Upcoming trips

The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: November 15–18, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

Book trip
More info »
Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Book trip
More info »