The wall on the west side of Jiankou is a little less extreme than the steep and broken sections on the east side, but the views are just as good and you don’t need bouldering skills to make it through. It’s still steep in a few places, though.
We walk up to the wall on field trails that lead into a forest, and then a narrow trail through the forest finishes up by the base of a ruined tower on the Great Wall. From there we follow the wall in the direction of the Chinese Knot, hiking around broken sections and then up and along the wall itself.
Starting the walk up to the Great Wall.
We walked on field trails up into a forest.
On a narrow path through the forest.
Taking a break on a broken section of Great Wall before continuing the hike.
A tricky section and a steep descent.
On top of the wall.
On top of a tower.
Taking a rest to check out the views.
We met some hikers coming the other way.
Resting on the remains of a tower.
The wall here is in slightly better condition, with the battlements still standing.
A solid line of wall, with a small tower.
We finished the wall walk here.
Looking back along the wall.
Walking down from the wall.
We finished the hike at the village in the distance.