We started off on this hike on a bright and sunny day in the spring. We like this hike because most of it is on the Great Wall.
From the start of the hike we walked a couple of minutes and we were on the wall. We followed the wall up and down stairs and we rested in the shade of the towers. The views were fantastic and we made sure that we enjoyed them.
When we reached our final tower on the renovated section we left the wall and walked through terraced chestnut orchards. From the orchards we made our way onto the wild wall. The wild wall was just beginning to become overgrown so we did not get too scratched up by the vegetation. We continued hiking on the wall until the wall dead ends near a creek.
After we left the wall we walked along the shores of Little West lake and a trail that led over a dam and into the car park.
Scroll down to see pictures from the hike.
Getting ready to hike.
Looking back over all of the stairs that we have climbed.
The hikers are almost at a great lookout point.
Hikers are climbing up a large step into a guard tower.
Taking a minute to admire the view.
Making a very steep descent down the wall.
The view from the bottom of the staircase is almost as impressive as from the top. The the blocks used for the foundation of the wall here were cut from the large boulders.
Hikers coming to terms with the amount of stairs in their path.
A look back at the wall and nature.
Another very steep staircase.
We have no idea who the stairs in this part of the wall are built for. Long legs or short legs?
The hikers have almost arrived at the last tower of the renovated section.
Onto the wild wall (or into, depending on how many plants there are).
Down the last steep section..
The last section of Great Wall on this hike.
Hikers heading back to the car park, looking at an section of wall that was flooded by the reservoir.
Hikers stopping to take pictures of the lake and the wall.