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Over the Hills to Dajuesi

In Brief: Make the tough hike up to and along Vulture Rock Ridge, finishing off with the long descent to Dajue Temple.

Hiking in the hills above Dajue Temple

Views of Beijing’s suburbs from the hills above Dajue Temple

Key information

  • 400 RMB (360 RMB for members)
  • 7:30am departure from Lido Hotel Starbucks; Liangmaqiao subway area pickup at 7:00am. Back in Beijing around 5:30pm. (Find the meeting points)
  • est. 6 hours over 16km
  • Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.

Early start! We’re leaving extra early to avoid the worst of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday traffic. We may still get stuck in a traffic jam at some point. Bring a book to read, just in case, and we’d advise that you don’t make any fixed plans for the evening.

On this hike we’ll make an arduous climb up a an old pilgrims’ trail that leads over the mountains, starting near a tiny temple on the Beijing side of the West Mountains and finishing near Dajue Temple. On a clear day we’ll be able to see a long way, with views of mountains and the outskirts of Beijing City.

This hike finishes with a long descent which will be tough on your knees. On a hot day, the climb up to the peak will be tough.

Note – regular hikers will have done many of these trails already – but perhaps not this way!

In modern times there’s no real need to walk pilgrim’s trails to get to temples – why walk, when you can drive your car? These days the trails are more popular with hikers and hill runners, and part of the path we’ll walk today is used as part of a 100km hill running race.

We’ll do the tough part of the hike first, making the massive climb up to Rose Peak.  What do we mean by massive? 1,124m over vertical ascent over about 6km. On the way up we’ll pass the ruins of teahouses that catered to those making their pilgrimage during the Qing Dynasty – they’re spaced out just right for a quick rest, but no tea for us, unfortunately – and we’ll stop for a lunch break at a really nice open spot just before the final climb to the peak.

Rose Peak is 1,263m above sea level, and it’s the highest point of our hike today. That means once we get up, the climbing is pretty much finished, but it’s still a long, long way down to the end.

The first part of the descent follows tracks, firebreaks, and a short section of paved road on the way down to Vulture Rock Ridge.

Then the descent gets steeper as we follow a pilgrims’ trail down to finish by Dajue Temple. This might feel like the toughest part of the hike, as we drop down around 800m before we get to the temple area.

Optional: buy tickets (est. 20 RMB per person) and take a 30-minute look around the temple (time permitting).

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • It’s a tough climb, and will feel really difficult on a hot day.
  • Long downhill to finish will be tough on the knees..
  • A short section of the hike could be a little bit overgrown.

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

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 16km
  • Time to complete: est. 6 hours.
  • Total ascent: 1,280m
  • Total descent: 1,365m
  • Start height: 225m
  • Peak: 1,263m
  • Finish height: 140m
  • Location: Mentougou
  • Drive time: 1.5–2 hours each way

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