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Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

In Brief: Photos from a short and lovely hike in the hills behind the Ming Tombs area.

Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Hiking a trail through trees in the Ming Tombs area.

We call this hike 'Tomb Raiders' because we hike over the mountains behind the Ming Tombs area to approach two of the closed tombs from the rear.

We started hiking from a village and continued up through a deep valley. A hill trail took us up out of the valley and on to a ridge trail and up to a look out point on a peak.

From the peak you can see just about all of the 13 Ming Tombs are in view, if it's a clear day. A view well worth the big climb!

After a short break at the top, we hiked down the Beijing side of the mountain towards two of the tombs, passing a small dam and reservoir on the way.

Look, a huge spider! - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Getting a close up shot of one of the huge spiders that lurk in this valley

The trail getting slightly steeper - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Heading further up into the valley

Getting close to the top of the hill - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

The trail getting slightly steeper as we get close to the top of the first hill

Autumn colors on both nature and back packs! - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Ah, but it's not the top yet. We've got a bit more climbing to do after this hill, too.

Beautiful autumn colors - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Beautiful autumn colors

Small wild dates - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Small wild dates

Beijing Hikers red trail marker - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Beijing Hikers red trail marker

Resting at the top - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Resting at the top, by an old trig marker

Enjoying a beautiful view all the way to the Ding Tombs - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Enjoying a beautiful view of the Ming Tombs area

A small date tree - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

A very thorny date tree. There are a lot of these in the area, and they can give a nasty scratch

A few hikers barely visible in the colorful landscape - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

A few hikers barely visible in the colorful landscape

Last rest stop before the lake - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

We made a short detour to take a look at a dam and small reservoir

A perfect autumn landscape - can you even believe this is Beijing! - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

A perfect autumn landscape - can you even believe this is Beijing!

We run into another group of hikers, coming to take in the sights - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

We bumped into another group of hikers, coming to take in the sights

Picnic lunch by the lake side - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Picnic lunch by the reservoir

On our way to the Ding Tombs - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Hiking out to the end of the trail

The hike starts out from a village and we walked through an orchard - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

We followed some farmer's trails to get closer to one of the tombs in the area

The tall walls of De Tomb - Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

The tall walls of Deling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs.

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