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Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain

In Brief: A moderately difficult stroll through the countryside and forest with views of the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou and the big boulders near Moss Mountain.

Views of the Moss Mountain cliffs

Hiking through the forest near Moss Mountain. View more photos »

Key information

  • 3–4 hours start to finish over 12km.

Had to cancel this one, sorry :(

This hike is a combination of two shorter trails: the Zhuangdaokou and Walled Village hike, and the Moss Mountain hike.

We first climb up a valley to get to the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall, and after a short look we head on through the fields towards the Walled Village. Then we’re on to farm roads and hill trails on the way towards Moss Mountain.

This could almost be rated a Level 3+ hike but there is a deceptive amount of uphill.

Part 1: Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village

We will start with a walk through some fields beside the river at Zhuangdaokou, crossing an unnecessary bridge to find the path up to the Great Wall. From the bridge it’s a short walk up a stone-paved trail to a big gate in the wall.

On one side, the wall is restored all the way to Huanghuacheng – the Yellow Flower Great Wall. On the other side, the wall is only restored for a little way. We’ll stop here for a quick look and then head on, following field trails through chestnut orchards towards the Walled Villlage.

Part 2: Moss Mountain hike

We’ll head up the concrete road that service the villagers’ chestnut orchards and then turn 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.

As we come through the terraces, we’ll end up out the back of the Moss Mountain park. The park trails take us down to the park entrance, crossing over and between large sandstone boulders. We’ll finish at the park carpark.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Some sections of the trail might be a little overgrown, and there’s a section in the middle that is sure to be bushy.
  • We do a lot of this hike on another trail we call Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain.
  • We see a bit of Great Wall on this hike, but we’ll only have time for a quick look.

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: 12km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Total ascent: 824m
  • Total descent: 714m
  • Start height: 247m
  • Peak: 781m
  • Finish height: 356m
  • Location: Huairou
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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