We headed out to the hills north of the Ming Tombs for a hike that covered a mix of wild and recently restored Great Wall, with good views of hills, mountains, small villages, and the Little West Lake Reservoir.
We started out on a little hill trail that took us down into a small village, and then up to a short line of Great Wall that was fixed up in 2014. Before then, this part of the wall hadn’t been touched since the Ming Dynasty. (We liked it a little better before the repairs.)
Hiking up through a few of the towers, we reached a section as-yet unrestored. This section dead ends at a cliff; we took a hillside detour around that, and climbed some steeper ‘wild’ sections on the way to the restored Little West Lake line of wall.
After a quick stroll through the park, we made a steep climb to reach another line of wild Great Wall, which we followed along a ridgeline and then down to the end of the hike.