We scouted this trail in April, 2016, and this hike was the first time we’d taken a group up to the peak of Heituo Mountain.
It’s a tough hike, with a lot of steep climbs to get up to the 1,500m peak. The views from the top are really worth the effort, and on this visit we had the mountain all to ourselves.
Around the back of the mountain are a lot of old valley trails, most of them disused and bushy. The wild areas behind the mountain are home to pigs and badgers.
We hiked up the old trails and then took a turn to make a steep climb up a trackless valley, topping out on the trail that would take us down the mountain to finish the hike.
Hiking up into the hills.
The Heituo Mountain hiking team.
Off the concrete road, and into the hills.
Heading up into a brushy valley.
Up on top of the mountain.
We stopped at the peak for our lunch break.
Hills and mountains, with Nine-Eyes Tower and the barracks faintly visible in the middle distance.
The top part of Heituo Mountain is a narrow ridgeline with a bit of forest.
The rocky ridge.
We hiked down the other side, passing below cliffs.
This pile of rubble is what’s left of an old line of Great Wall.
The valleys behind the mountain are wild, and the hike took us up through some forested areas.
Coming up through the forest.
It’s not really clear in the photo, but this was a steep climb!
Around the back of the mountain we hiked out on old service roads.
Behind those mountains is our old Badger’s Pass hike. In front of the mountains was the village where we finished the walk.