2017 Hiking Festival: Hike for Fun (Stone Valley Great Wall)
Hike for fun along a 10km course that visits villages, hills, and Great Wall on the way to the finish.
Bookings and standby are closed. We can't take any more people.
Challenge yourself ... a little bit!
With a bit of steep climbing up and down this isn’t a total walk in the park, but it’s not going to be so tough you’ll regret signing up. Make it more fun by hiking with your friends; suitable for fit kids ages 7 and up. Some exposure to heights.
For full information please visit our hiking festival event mini-site, and then come back here to sign up!
Registration closes September 1; sign up and make your payment before then.
Event Schedule, September 9
Be on time for check in and departure.
- 07:30 – Check in at the Line 10 Agriculture Exhibition Subway exit.
- 08:00 – Bus departs for the festival. (We won't wait if you're late.)
- 10:30 – The Hike for Fun begins.
- 15:30 – The Challenge finishes, awards ceremony begins.
- 16:30 – Buses begin to head back to Beijing.
- 18:30 – Buses begin to arrive at Agriculture Exhibition Center Subway exit.
Village to the valley
1km / 29m ascent
Warm up the legs with a wee walk up the concrete road behind Stone Valley Village.
Up to the Great Wall
2.5km / 271m ascent
Follow a paved path up from the main road and then take a turn for the hills on a dirt trail that leads up to the Great Wall.
Up and down the Great Wall
4km / 131m ascent / 378m descent
Follow a rough and unrestored line of Great Wall up to a 1034m beacon tower and then down along a ridgeline. Some steep and slippery sections, with hill trail detours around the worst bits. Some exposure to heights, with a tricky descent.
Field trails over the hill
1.3km / 95m ascent / 88m descent
Get off the Great Wall before it gets too steep to be fun and hook around to cross back over at low point. Then use farm trails to climb up and over a low ridge and down the other side.
Towards the finish line
0.6km / 60m descent
Stroll on down a concrete road to Stone Valley Village, where your reward awaits. Congratulations!
Transportation: Private bus to the start of the hike and back again afterwards. Things you don’t need for the hike can be left on the bus.
Water and snacks: Bottled water will be passed out before the start of the hike. More water will be supplied at the finish point.
Pre-marked trail: The trail will be pre-marked, with support staff posted at key intersections.
Post-hike party: We’ll break out the beer and snacks for a celebration at the end of the hike.
Who can join?
The hiking festival is open to anyone in good physical health. If you're not in good physical health or have a health condition that could be exacerbated by hiking – for example, but not limited to, high blood pressure, heart disease or history of heart disease in family – or if you're healthy but haven't exercised in more than a year, you should not participate.
The Hike for Fun is suitable for people over the age of 7 who are used to physical exercise.
Visit our hiking festival event mini-site for the full set of participation guidelines and other terms and conditions.