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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

In Brief: Nineteen photos from a hike along the Great Wall above Stone Valley village.

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Hiking up to a tower at Stone Valley.

We’ve got a few trails on the wall in this area, and on this hike we did the version that makes a loop from Stone Valley village, hiking up roads and paths to find the Great Wall, and then following the wall back towards the village to finish.

The first part of the hike took us out the back of the village and on to a forested path that gradually rose up to meet the Great Wall.

We followed the wall up to the General’s Tower, a high point on the wall in this area.

From the high point we headed down all the way to a dip at a pass in the mountains, and then hiked back over a smaller hill to complete our loop.

Starting off on the easy part of the trail - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Starting off on the easy part of the trail.

Heading up into the forest - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Heading up into the forest.

Taking a break in the forest - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Taking a break in the forest.

We hiked further up, heading for the Great Wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

We hiked further up, heading for the Great Wall.

Thistles in the forest - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Thistles in the forest.

On the wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

On the wall.

A ruined tower - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

A ruined tower.

We continued along the Great Wall. It’s in rough condition, and overgrown with grass and weeds - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

We continued along the Great Wall. It’s in rough condition, and overgrown with grass and weeds.

Looking back along the trail - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Looking back along the trail.

A steep bit to climb up - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

A steep bit to climb up.

A curving line of wall, with the General’s Tower peeking over the top - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

A curving line of wall, with the General’s Tower peeking over the top.

The tower seen through a gap in the battlements - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

The tower seen through a gap in the battlements.

The General’s Tower is impressive: mostly intact, and positioned on a high point in the hills - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

The General’s Tower is impressive: mostly intact, and positioned on a high point in the hills.

We’d hike all the wall in this photo - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

We’d hike all the wall in this photo.

Still on the way up to the top - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Still on the way up to the top.

On the way down from the General’s Tower - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

On the way down from the General’s Tower.

On the way down from the General’s Tower - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

On the way down from the General’s Tower.

The wall curves up to another small peak - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

The wall curves up to another small peak.

Taking a break to enjoy the views - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/7/29

Taking a break to enjoy the views.

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