Home > Trip Reports

Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Trail, 2016/3/06

In Brief: Photos from our hike on an old pilgrim’s trail, crossing the hills in Beijing’s west.

This was a hike of two halves: the first half cold and chilly, and all uphill to get over to the Beijing side of the mountains; the second half with the sun out as we walked all the way down to the end.

In the western hills of Beijing are more than a few temples, as well as paved paths made for pilgrims to follow through the mountains.

This hike took us from Miaofengshan back over to the Beijing side of the hills, crossing Phoenix Ridge on the way.

To get to the pilgrim’s trail we walked into chestnut and walnut orchards behind a village -

To get to the pilgrim’s trail we walked into chestnut and walnut orchards behind a village.

Behind the orchards we found the paved path up the hill -

Behind the orchards we found the paved path up the hill.

Getting higher on the trail -

Getting higher on the trail.

The pilgrim’s path passed this quarried area -

The pilgrim’s path passed this quarried area.

The trail took us up into the hills, and then further into a forested area in the mountains -

The trail took us up into the hills, and then further into a forested area in the mountains.

We found quite a lot of ice on the trail in shaded areas. Slippery and slow going -

We found quite a lot of ice on the trail in shaded areas. Slippery and slow going.

We’re just about out of the woods -

We’re just about out of the woods.

Just as we came out of the woods the sun showed up – perfect timng for our lunch break here on a broad plateau -

Just as we came out of the woods the sun showed up – perfect timng for our lunch break here on a broad plateau.

Everybody found a comfortable spot -

Everybody found a comfortable spot.

After lunch we headed on down the hill -

After lunch we headed on down the hill.

We followed the pilgrim’s path down into a valley -

We followed the pilgrim’s path down into a valley.

Then we hiked through a little forest of pines -

Then we hiked through a little forest of pines.

Hiking through pines and rocks -

Hiking through pines and rocks.

The hike finished in the village on the left side of the photo -

The hike finished in the village on the left side of the photo.

The flat rocks here are part of the pilgrim’s trail, built in the Qing Dynasty -

The flat rocks here are part of the pilgrim’s trail, built in the Qing Dynasty.

Were you on this hike or trip? How did you like it? Please send us your comments about what was good and/or what we could do a better job of. We'd love to hear from you!

Were you not on this trip, but like the look of it? Tell us, and we'll let you know when we'll be repeating it.

Trip reports, photos, and news

Trip Reports: Photos and writeups of our trips around Beijing and other parts of China. View all the trip reports »

News: Updates and information. View all the news »

Most viewed trip reports*

Colourful hills in Gansu

Scouting photos - Gansu Province, December 2010

View trip report » (13508 views)
The coloured hills

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2013/05

In Brief: Photos from our five-day adventure trip in Gansu Province: the Zhangye Danxia Landforms, sculpted sandstone cliffs and valleys, and the Matisi Grottoes.

View trip report » (12585 views)
School Camping trip, 2014/6

School Camping trip, 2014/06

In Brief: Photos from a three-day camping trip organised for students on a school trip.

View trip report » (11634 views)

Special trip photos – Kashgar and Lake Karakul, July 2012

View trip report » (11440 views)

Special trip photos – Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2012/05

View trip report » (10608 views)

Special trip photos - Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Prov., 2011/10

View trip report » (10090 views)

Hiking photos - Jiankou to Mutianyu, Christmas BBQ, 2010/12/25

View trip report » (9644 views)

Scouting trip photos – Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, 2011/11

View trip report » (9051 views)

Trip reports

Read one of the many reports in the archives. (This report has been chosen by random selection; we hope it's a good one for you!)

Camping Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall, 2018/05/19

Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall camping, 2018/05

In Brief: A set of 22 photos from a camping trip at Gubeikou—views from the campsite and of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling.

View trip report »

Trip report archives