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Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

In Brief: Sixteen pictures from a fall hike in the mountains around Miaofengshan Temple.

Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Starting our climb through terraced fields to the top of the first hill.

This is one of our longer hikes, in a popular hiking area just past the Fragrant Hills.

On this crisp autumn day we had cloud cover and rolling fog for most of the hike.

The hike took us to the three main peaks of the area, and when the fog cleared we had great views of the surrounding valleys and parts of west Beijing.

We like this hike in autumn because of all the beautiful colours of the leaves as they change to the reds, yellows, and browns of the season.

After the last peak we headed down via Miaofengshan Temple, taking a look around before finishing the hike.

Scroll down to see fifteen more photos from the hike.

Hikers follow the narrow switchbacks up the hill - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Hikers follow the narrow switchbacks up the hill.

The beautiful colors of autumn - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

The beautiful colors of autumn.

This part of the trail provides a great lookout point - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

This part of the trail provides a great lookout point.

The hikers move up the hill and into the fog - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

The hikers move up the hill and into the fog.

Kai (hiking guide Jake’s dog) runs out of the forest for his photo shoot - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Hey doggy!

A pretty orange flower overlooks the valley - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

A pretty orange flower.

Part of west Beijing and some encroaching clouds - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Views of west Beijing and some encroaching clouds.

The hikers walk along a wooden walkway at the top of one of the peaks - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

The hike goes through a park area atop Rose Peak, and we walked a short distance along a new wooden walkway.

Frank’s found the perfect set of camouflage for this hike - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Normally yellow and orange clothing isn't good camouflage, but today it was just perfect.

A close-up of the colors of fall - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

A close-up of the colors of fall.

It makes for a great picture - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Views down the valley.

Hikers stop for a moment to enjoy the view - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Hikers stop for a moment to enjoy the view.

A wide trail leads to the temple below - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

A wide trail leads to the temple below.

Miaofengshan Temple and its protector dragon - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Miaofengshan Temple and its protector dragon.

The group heads down from the temple to meet the bus for some snacks and drinks - Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

More of the colours of autumn, and we're just about at the end of the hike.

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