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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

See a set of 20+ photos from our cloudy and cold hike from Big Black Mountain over to the Walled Village.

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The Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village hike is one of our older trails, and while it’s changed a bit since we first started doing it the hike is still a good ramble through the hills and farmland out in Huairou District.

On this visit the temperatures had dropped suddenly, and without any sun it got pretty chilly.

On the walk we saw a few springs and streams that were still frozen, and we also got glimpses of the first buds of spring starting to push out of the wild apricot and peach trees.

Getting started on the hike - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Getting started on the hike.

Following field trails through chestnut orchards - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Following field trails through chestnut orchards.

Hands up! - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Hands up!

On to a concrete path - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

On to a concrete path.

Father and daughter hiking up into the hills - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Father and daughter hiking up into the hills.

Taking a break before crossing over a high point - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Taking a break before crossing over a high point.

About to cross over a pass in the hills - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

About to cross over a pass in the hills.

We walked up to a high point to check out the views - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

We walked up to a high point to check out the views.

Then we hiked down the other side - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Then we hiked down the other side.

We stopped for lunch near a frozen stream - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

We stopped for lunch near a frozen stream.

For a lot of the hike we were on farmers field trails through terraced orchards - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

For a lot of the hike we were on farmers field trails through terraced orchards.

We got honked at by geese - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

We got honked at by geese.

On our way up to the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou we passed a farmer carrying out a load of firewood - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

On our way up to the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou we passed a farmer carrying out a load of firewood.

We hiked through the arch at Zhuangdaokou and headed on to the Walled Village - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

We hiked through the arch at Zhuangdaokou and headed on to the Walled Village.

We stopped here for a quick rest - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

We stopped here for a quick rest.

Ready to head on - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Ready to head on.

The Great Wall on one side - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

The Great Wall on one side.

This paved path leads to the Walled Village - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

This paved path leads to the Walled Village.

A few hikers climbed up to take a look at one of the towers - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

A few hikers climbed up to take a look at one of the towers.

Looking over at the wall on the other side - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Looking over at the wall on the other side.

Terraced hills, very dry! - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Terraced hills, very dry!

Up at the tower - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Up at the tower.

A view through the tower - Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

A view through the tower.

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