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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

In Brief: Photos from our hike on a wild section of the Great Wall near a place called Stone Valley.

During the winter of 2013 we went out looking for new hiking trails. Here are some photos from our first ever outing to the Stone Valley Great Wall.

We had clear weather for our hike, which allowed sweeping views of some of the other areas nearby where we hike, such as the Switchback Great Wall. It was interesting to see these sections of the wall from a totally different perspective.

The hike is not too long, but it is steep in places. The wall here hasn’t been touched since the Ming Dynasty, which means some of it is not in such good shape. The steepness and the loose footing makes this a fairly tricky walk!

We stopped to take a break after the long, steep hike up to the Great Wall.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

We stopped to take a break after the long, steep hike up to the Great Wall.

One of the better preserved watch towers on the ridge.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

One of the better preserved watch towers on the ridge.

A good spot for a photo.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

A good spot for a photo.

As we hiked higher, the views got even better!- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

As we hiked higher, the views got even better!

With not a lot of foliage on these hills, we could see clearly where we’d be headed.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

With not a lot of foliage on these hills, we could see clearly where we’d be headed.

An interesting tower ahead – just one wall left!- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

An interesting tower ahead – just one wall left!

On this stretch the wall is down to just the foundations.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

On this stretch the wall is down to just the foundations.

This part of the wall was in decent condition for walking on.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

This part of the wall was in decent condition for walking on.

The Great Wall runs along many of the ridgelines in this area.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

The Great Wall runs along many of the ridgelines in this area.

Ready to head down a steep section.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

Ready to head down a steep section.

We took it slowly and carefully!- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

We took it slowly and carefully!

A good sunny spot to take a rest.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

We picked sunny and sheltered spot to take a rest.

The Great Wall continues into the mountains in the background.- Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

The Great Wall continues towards the mountains in the background.

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