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Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

In Brief: 20 photos from our first hike up to the big arch in the cliffs at Tianmen Mountain. Also, snow!

Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

The rock arch at Tianmen Mountain. (Miyun, Beijng)

Tianmen Mountain is part of a park area tucked away in the mountains by the Miyun Reservoir.

This hike was a last-minute replacement for the White River ice hike, which we weren’t able to do because of thin ice.

The hike up to the rock arch worked out as a great alternative, especially with the heavy fall of snow on the day.

We hiked from the base of the mountain up to the rock arch on the park pathways, and then down the other side, passing frozen waterfalls on the way.

Starting off on the hike - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Starting off on the hike.

Cliffs above the park entrance - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Cliffs above the park entrance.

Up stairs, through the snow - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Up stairs, through the snow.

Snow is starting to cover everything - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Snow is starting to cover everything.

Getting closer to the rock arch - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Getting closer to the rock arch.

We hiked up through the forest - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

We hiked up through the forest.

The rock arch - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

The rock arch.

Cold up on top! - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Cold up on top!

Views of mountains and trees - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Views of mountains and trees.

Cliffs - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Cliffs.

Snow building up on the branches - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Snow building up on the branches.

A closer shot of the rock arch - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

A closer shot of the rock arch.

Icicles and drifts of snow - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Icicles and drifts of snow.

A frozen waterfall - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

A frozen waterfall.

A larger frozen waterfall - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

A larger frozen waterfall.

Snow on the roof of a pavilion - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Snow on the roof of a pavilion.

There was a lot more snow on the other side of the mountain - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

There was a lot more snow on the other side of the mountain.

We hiked a little higher to get a different angle on the rock arch - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

We hiked a little higher to get a different angle on the rock arch.

Snow in the trees - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Snow in the trees.

The snowy scenery was superb - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

The snowy scenery was superb.

Snow-covered cliffs - Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Snow-covered cliffs.

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