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.
Behind the orchards we found the paved path up the hill.
Getting higher on the trail.
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.
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.
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.
After lunch we headed on down the hill.
We followed the pilgrim’s path down into a valley.
Then we hiked through a little forest of pines.
Hiking through pines and rocks.
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.