Welcome to Roz's Hiking Pages.

We are a friendly hiking group based in Hong Kong who do regular free weekly hikes, all over Hong Kong. Our hikes range from easy to difficult, so please take a moment of your time to read the information on this website before joining a hike. Any questions, let us know and we hope to see you soon.
PAST WALKS - WINTER
Listed below are past walks we`ve done through various years in Dec, Jan & Feb.

See something you would like to do? Please let us know.
SUN 8 DEC 2002: BUFFALO HILL
We'll start walking at Sai Kung town up the country park trail to Ngong Ping for our warm-up puff. Next the MacLehose trail takes us over to Buffalo Hill where we will explore the peaks and continue north-westerly on trails of unknown condition to finish near Shatin. Be prepared for a little exploring.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR Exit B
12 JAN 2003: NEEDLE HILL (MACLEHOSE STAGE 7) & TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE
We'll take a taxi to Shing Mun Reservoir and follow MacLehose Stage 7 up needle hill and grassy hill looking down over the reservoir. Then we'll turn right at the top of grassy hill and come down through Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve which I haven't done before but looks good on the map!


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Tai Wo Hau MTR station (The station before Tsuen Wan)
19 JAN 2003: THE TWINS (WILSON STAGE 1)
An afternoon hike for a change. We'll hike up violet hill and over the steep twin peaks and finish in Stanley for an early dinner.


Meeting Point: 2.00pm Parkview supermarket (Parkview is in the centre of Hong Kong Island - approx HK$60 taxi from Central)
26 JAN 2003: SHEK PIK TO TAI O (LANTAU STAGE 7 & 8)
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long but flat and follows the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Lantau Ferry Pier (in Central) to catch the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
16 FEB 2003: BUFFALO HILL (NEAR MACLEHOSE STAGE 4)
We'll start walking at Sai Kung town up the country park trail to Ngong Ping for our warm-up puff. Next the MacLehose trail takes us over to Buffalo Hill where we will explore the peaks and continue north-westerly on trails of unknown condition to finish near Shatin. Be prepared for a little exploring.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR Exit B
23 FEB 2003: PLOVER COVE BEACH WALK (LAI CHI WO ABANDONED VILLAGE) (ALTERNATE VERSION)
Gai Kuk Shue Ha --> Kuk Po --> So Lo Pun --> Shan O --> Lai Chi Wo --> Fan Shue Pass --> Kuk Po --> Gai Kuk Shue Ha. Mostly flat, passing through the recently abandoned picturesque fishing village of Lai Chi Wo.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Tai Po MTR
SUN 7 DEC 2003: TUNG CHUNG TO NGONG PING (HARD WAY)
Strenuous level " Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every byway........" The first bit is a breeze as we walk through a village. Then once I find the 'turnoff' (hoping like hell that my memory serves me well), the fun begins. We rock hop and dodge branches up a creek (not for that long). Next, we veer away from the creek, and there is only one way to describe the next potion: steep!!! It's up, up and away! But hey, it's doable, and there is nothing like getting a good workout with views to make it all worthwhile. There is some low scrub, so legs may get scratched, but this does not stop me wearing shorts. We finish up at Ngong Ping and from there we may very well feel like food, at the tea garden or whereever.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station (Allow 30 minutes from HK station. Remember the trains only run every 10-15 minutes)
SUN 14 DEC 2003: KAI KUNG LENG
Bus to Yuen Long, then taxi to Mo Fan Hung. We'll find the trail that traverses the whole exposed ridge of Kai Kung Leng with interesting views over the North Western New Territories. This is the fifteenth highest mountain in Hong Kong (585m).It is a little steep and brushy near the end, but not beyond our capabilities. We will finish in the pretty countryside near the Fanling Golf Course.


Meeting Point: 9.00am Admiralty at the west-bound bus stops in front of Pacific Place, to catch bus 968 to Yuen Long
SAT 20 DEC 2003: NG TUNG WATERFALLS AND MACLEHOSE 8
We'll take bus no. 64K from Tai Po Market MTR station and leave at Ng Tung Chai bus stop. Then go up to Ng Tung Chai village and arrive at the Lower Ng-Tung Falls, then the Middle Ng-Tung Falls and have lunch at the Long Falls. After lunch & rest, will continue to go up to the Straggling-Hair Falls. Please note that there will be a 5-min of rugged & faintly detected trail here. Afterwards, we'll climb & take MacLehose Trail no. 8 to Tai Mo Shan (the highest mountain in Hong Kong of 957M). Finally, we will take Tai Mo Shan Road downhill and the hiking ends at Route Twisk where we can take bus no. 51 or taxi to Tsuen Wan.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Tai Po Market MTR station near the escalator Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
FRI 26 DEC 2003 (BOXING DAY): SHEK PIK TO TAI O
Beautiful walk - long but flat.


Meeting Point: 9.20 am Mui Wo Ferry Pier in Central to catch the 9.30 ferry
SUN 11 JAN 2004: YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL AND LIN FA SHAN TO TSEUN KAN AU
We will catch a bus (short distance) to the beginning of the trail. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. The walk involves a few twists and turns, and we have been known to get lost in this area before - but there are some beautiful views and it should be a good walk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN 18 JAN 2004: HONG KONG TRAIL STAGES 1-4
The first half of the Hong Kong trail - starts at the Peak and after following the 'tourist path' to the great views over Central the path turns downhill and works its way round to Aberdeen, looking down over the boats in the typhoon shelter. The walk continues above Aberdeen reservoir eventually finishing along Blacks Link's exclusive housing for millionaires. An easy walk - although, since this is training for the Greenpower race, we'll try to walk it fairly fast. But if you get tired you can leave the walk after any section and catch a bus back.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at The Peak - by the fountain.
FRI 23 JAN 2004: MACLEHOSE STAGES 1-2 (CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY)
For information, please contact Jenny.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am at Choi Hung MTR
SUN 25 JAN 2004: HONG KONG TRAIL STAGES 5-8
The second half of the Hong Kong trail - starts with a walk up Jardines' lookout to look down over the beautiful Tai Tam reservoirs on one side and Causeway Bay on the other. Down and Up again to the top of Mount Butler. Then the rest is easy - downhill past the reservoirs, the very long flat 'catchwater' section 7 and one last hill to the top of the Dragons' Back and great views over Shek O where we'll finish with a late lunch/early dinner which will be well deserved.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at ParkView outside Park'n'shop
SUN 1 FEB 2004: PAK TAM AU TO PAK TAM CHENG (NEAR MACLEHOSE 2)
Start the newly bulldozed road to the right of the pagoda at Pak Tam Au and walk up the hills with views over to MacLehose 3 and Chek Keng. Eventually cross the Luk Wu Country Trail and climb up Tai Cham Koi with some excellent views over High Island Reservoir and most of Sai Kung East Country Park. Then back to Pak Tam Chung. Fairly easy walk but a few ups and downs.


Meeting Point: 9.30 Diamond Hill MTR Exit C2
SUN 8 FEB 2004: PLOVER COVE PEAK TOUR (I)
We'll taxi to Wu Kau Tang and then search for the high route to climb Fan Kei Tok. Yes, that's a climb on an unknown trail. We'll follow the ridge to Tiu Tan Lung and then drop down to the north towards Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo it's a familiar and relatively easy trail via Kuk Po to end at Luk Keng. We won't resist the noodles at those two competing restaurants near the minibus stop.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN 15 FEB 2004: WESTERN SHING MUN RESERVOIR TOUR
We'll bus to the Tai Mo Shan Road and then walk up as far as the Sze Lok Yuen youth hostel. (We have to get some uphill done.) From there, the trail wanders easterly into Shing Mun Reservoir and around to Lead Mine Pass. We'll follow the Wilson Trail from Lead Mine Pass to Tai Po. This will be a relatively easy hike (for us).


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tseun Wan MTR Exit B
SUN 22 FEB 2004: TUNG CHUNG TO BIG BUDDHA (HARD WAY)
Strenuous uphill The first bit is a breeze as we walk through a village. Then once we find the 'turnoff', the fun begins. We rock hop and dodge branches up a creek (not for that long). Next, we veer away from the creek, and there is only one way to describe the next potion: steep!!! It's up, up and away! But hey, it's doable, and there is nothing like getting a good workout with views to make it all worthwhile. There is some low scrub, so legs may get scratched, but some people still insist on wearing shorts. We finish up at Ngong Ping and from there we may very well feel like food, at the tea garden or wherever.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station (Allow 30 minutes from HK station. Remember the trains only run every 10-15 minutes)
SUN 29 FEB 2004: PLOVER COVE PEAK TOUR (NORTH OF PLOVER COVE)
We'll taxi to Wu Kau Tang and then search for the high route to climb Fan Kei Tok. Yes, that's a climb on an unknown trail. We'll follow the ridge to Tiu Tan Lung and then drop down to the north towards Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo it's a familiar and relatively easy trail via Kuk Po to end at Luk Keng. We'll probably eat at those two competing restaurants near the minibus stop.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN 12 DEC 2004: MACLEHOSE 3 AND JACOBS LADDER DETOUR
We get off the bus at the intersection with the road that leads to Hoi Ha (ie in Sai Kung National Park area). We then walk a little way up and take a path to the left. The first part of the walk is not very difficult at all, indeed a pleasant walk. Then, there is a steep descent with steps leading us down Jacobs ladder. At the end of the ladder we walk through a small village, and then take another path that leads us up on to Mac 3. And for those who have done Mac 3 you know what a beautiful section that is with top views, but there are some steep ups and downs from memory (which of course sometimes fades!)


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Diamond Hill MTR Exit C (to take the bus # 96R directly to where we need to get off)
SUN 26 DEC 2004: MA ON SHAN AND THE HUNCHBACKS
Start on the MacLehose Stage 4, puff all the way up to Ma On Shan and then continue along the dramatic ridgetops of the Hunchbacks, possibly through some brushy areas, at last descending towards Ma On Shan town.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Exit A of Choi Hung MTR station
SUN JAN 2, 2005: CASTLE PEAK
We'll take bus #961 to Tuen Mun. We'll begin with a few hours of climbing steps to mount Castle Peak and view the remote far-western part of Hong Kong. From there we'll follow the ridge tops southwards to Butterfly Beach. Expect some rough rubbly going and spectacular views.


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway
SUN JAN 9, 2005: LING WUI SHAN AND KEUNG SHAN, LANTAU ISLAND
We'll take the bus from Tung Chung to Shek Pik Reservoir and start hiking from there. We'll climb Ling Wui Shan and Keung Shan and skirt the summit of Kwun Yam Shan, all on beautiful open trails. The hike finishes at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road, where we can catch buses to Tung Chung or Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Tung Chung MTR station
SUN JAN 16, 2005: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views. Some rough bits. We'll take a taxi to Wu Kau Tang (near Bride's Pool) and finish at the main dam at Tai Mei Tuk. Good Thai food at the end of the hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN JAN 23, 2005: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long but flat and follows the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Lantau Ferry Pier (in Central) to catch the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN JAN 30, 2005: TAI LAM CHUNG COUNTRY TRAIL
A new trail for me so I can't give a definitive report, but the first half will be on open hillsides and the second half in the trees. Expect many ups and downs but no major peaks. We'll take a bus towards Yuen Long and get off just after the Tai Lam Tunnel. The trail climbs from the bus stop and follows a ridgetop southerly towards Kat Hing Bridge. From there we'll follow the Tai Lam Nature Trail finishing in Sham Tseng. Roast duck anyone?


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway
SUN FEB 6, 2005: HONG KONG TRAIL AND DIM SUM
We'll do a classic walk up the Peak: through Hong Kong Park, up various stone stairways to May Road, up Chatham Path to Barker Road and the Peak Tram. Then we'll go down the other side along Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to the Hong Kong Trail and follow the trail in, out and around to Aberdeen Reservoir Road. From Wanchai Gap we'll descend to the Hopewell Centre in Wanchai and go back up to the New Dynasty restaurant on the 60th floor for harbour views and dim sum . Please call Kathy Allard 9327 2857 if you intend to join us for lunch.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Pacific Place near the pedestrian bridge across Queensway
SUN FEB 20, 2005: PAT SIN LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions. The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN FEB 27, 2005: SAI KUNG - TAI WAN BEACH
We followed the Maclehose Trail from Pak Tam Au to Chek Kong and then due to the rain and slippery conditions we stayed on the main trail continuing to Tai Wan Beach, Ham Tin, Sai Wan and ending at the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. Of course we still went to The Beach for Thai food in Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit C1, Diamond Hill MTR
SUN DEC 4, 2005: MACLEHOSE 3 AND JACOBS LADDER DETOUR
We get off the bus at the intersection with the road that leads to Hoi Ha (ie in Sai Kung National Park area). We then walk a little way up and take a path to the left. The first part of the walk is not very difficult at all, indeed a pleasant walk. Then, there is a steep descent with steps leading us down Jacobs ladder. At the end of the ladder we walk through a small village, and then take another path that leads us up on to Mac 3. And for those who have done Mac 3 you know what a beautiful section that is with top views, and of course some steep ups and downs.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Diamond Hill MTR Exit C (to take bus 96R)
SUN DEC 11, 2005: SHEK PIK TO TAI O, STAGES 7&8 OF THE LANTAU TRAIL
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long but flat (a change from hills) and follows the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Lantau Ferry Pier (in Central) to catch the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN DEC 18, 2005: 'STONE PATH', LUK WU, SAI KUNG
We'll share taxis to the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. From there we'll join the Luk Wu Country Trail. A detour at a stream crossing will start us scrambling up the stream to find the 'Stone Path', a fascinating rock ledge along a canyon. You'll be using your hands to negotiate rocky routes and steep narrow trails through the woods. After a while we'll rejoin the Luk Wu Country Trail and then take another detour south over Tai Cham Koi and dropping back down to meet the beginning of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. As this walk is actually quite short, we might also extend the trip by doing a circuit on the Sheung Yiu Country Trail past the Folk Museum. Expect the unexpected!


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Choi Hung MTR Station or 10:00am (approx) at Sai Kung bus terminus
SUN DEC 25, 2005: DRAGON'S BACK AND SHEK O
We'll take bus # 9 towards Shek O, alighting at the end of the Dragon's Back trail. We'll walk up to the very scenic ridge and follow the Hong Kong Trail around and down to Big Wave Bay. This is the opposite direction to how we usually walk this trail which has the advantage of bringing us all the way down to the beach. We'll have lunch in Shek O. Please RSVP to Jenny because if everyone is out of town, Jenny may cancel the hike. Merry Christmas!


Meeting Point: 9:30am Shau Kei Wan MTR Station, Exit A2
SUN JAN 1, 2006: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
A great hike to start the new year ...and hopefully we will miss the crowds. We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground.


Meeting Point: 9.00am Diamond Hill MTR Exit C (to take the bus # 96R directly to Pak Tam Au)
SUN JAN 8, 2006: CASTLE PEAK
We'll take bus #962 to Tuen Mun. We'll begin with a few hours of climbing steps to mount Castle Peak and view the remote far-western part of Hong Kong. From there we'll follow the ridge tops and join the old road through barren territory, unique in Hong Kong. The old road connects to the Western shore, where we'll find minibuses.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am Admiralty at the bus stops in front of Pacific Place
SUN JAN 15, 2006: PENNY'S BAY, DISNEYLAND TO DISCOVERY BAY
We climb Tai Chan (291m) and follow the North Lantau route up and down hills to Lo Fu Tau at 465 m before descending to Discovery Bay. There are great views over Disneyland, the North Lantau Coast and south to Peng Chau and beyond. The route is a bit strenuous as it is mainly up and down over 5 hills (not all descend to sea level, though). Hardly any concrete (just at the start), a bit brushy so you may want to wear long pants, if you don't like grasses tickling your legs. A bit scrambly going down in places, but not too bad. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. We can eat something at Discovery Bay and catch buses and/or ferry back home at the end.


Meeting Point: 10.00 am Lantau Expressway Toll Booth. Catch any airport bus from the city and get off at the first stop after the Tsing Ma Bridge (you can't miss it, unless you fall asleep on the bus!); allow 40 minutes from Central area.
SUN JAN 22, 2006: PLOVER COVE PEAK TOUR
We'll taxi to the trailhead just before Wu Kau Tang and then search for the high route to climb Fan Kei Tok. Watch out, it might be brushy (although Kim will probably wear shorts anyway.) We'll follow the ridge to Tiu Tan Lung and then drop down to the north towards Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo it's a familiar and relatively easy trail via Kuk Po to end at Luk Keng.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN JAN 29, 2006: LIN FA SHAN (NEAR LANTAU STAGE 2)
From Tung Chung we'll follow little-known narrow trail climbing easterly and steeply up to Pok To Yan. We'll follow the dramatic ridgetops over to Lin Fa Shan, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Then we'll descend the many steps (easier than gravel) of the Lantau Trail and take the back route through the woods all the way to Mui Wo. This is one of my favorite hikes. Please confirm if you're coming as Angela may cancel if everyone is on holiday. (Chinese New Year Day 1)


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN FEB 5, 2006: LANTAU PEAK
We'll take a short bus ride to the Lantau Trail and follow it up over Lantau Peak. Big steps are one memorable feature and of course the views can be spectacular as we climb the second highest peak in Hong Kong. Rather than finishing at the Big Buddha, we'll turn back towards Tei Tong Tsai past some small monasteries and walk all the way back down to Tung Chung.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN FEB 12, 2006: MOUNT BUTLER
Ann will choose from the many different paths available in this area to take us up Mt Butler and surrounding peaks. There will be plenty of hills to climb and we expect to stay on well-trodden paths with lots of choices for people who want to take longer or shorter routes.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Koo MTR Station near Exit B
SUN FEBRUARY 19, 2006: TUNG LUNG CHAU
Tung Lung Chau is just off the tip of Clearwater Bay Peninsula, circular in shape and about 2 km in diameter. It is largely bare of trees with a 232 peak in the middle of the island. This walk will take you anti-clockwise around the island and over the peak and takes in the shorter route to Tung Lung Fort. Apparently there are small shops selling food and drinks on the island. This is the "great unknown" for us (I'll try to read up on the island's history), so come and check it out and check it off you "to do" list.


Meeting Point: Sai Wan Ho MTR Station (Island Line) at 9 am. We have to walk to the Sai Wan Ho ferry pier at 9.45 am (but this has to be confirmed)
SUN FEB 26, 2006: KOW KING SHAN (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll catch bus #960 to Tuen Mun and then taxi to the trailhead at Fu Tai Sheung Tsuen. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan. We descend on the other side of the mountain finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Meeting Point: 9am outside Pacific Place, Admiralty at the west-bound bus stops.
SUNDAY DEC 3, 2006: PAK TAM AU TO KEI LING HA
This is Stage 3 of the famous Maclehose Trail. Starts with a big hill up and finishes with a long downhill. Beautiful views at most points. We'll eat later in Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung Bus Station -allow plenty of time to get there.
SATURDAY DEC 9, 2006: TAI LAM, HO PUI AND BIRDING AT KAP LUNG
This hike is not that long and the terrain is moderate, but expect a slow pace towards the end as we turn our attention to birds. We'll take a bus towards Yuen Long and get off just after the Tai Lam Tunnel. The trail climbs from the bus stop and follows a ridge top southerly towards Kat Hing Bridge. After descending to the bridge we'll go left following a road and then connecting to another trail towards Ho Pui Reservoir. From there we'll be walking through the Kap Lung Forest where we'll keep our voice down and find plenty of birds. Maybe we'll have a Nepalese second lunch in Kam Tin before heading home via Route Twisk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUNDAY DEC 10, 2006: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
A longish walk (but easy with only a few minor "inclines") that is one of my favourites. We follow the coast of Lantau to the picturesque fishing village of Tai O. We traverse beaches, mangrove marshes, historic Fan Lau fort (first lunch), a Tin Hau temple and prehistoric stone circles. A good walk for walking novices as well as seasoned hands. We can either eat at Tai O or return to Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am to catch 9.30 am ferry to Mui Wo, then a bus to Shek Pik
SUNDAY DEC 17, 2006: 10,000 BUDDHAS MONASTRY, NEEDLE HILL AND LOWER SHING MUN RESERVOIR EXPLORATION
This walk is mostly on trails I haven't tried before, so if you enjoy taking wrong turns and/or finding some brushy spots, please join us! We'll walk up from Shatin to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastry, have a look around and then continue on up to Needle Hill. There we'll join the well-trodden Maclehose Trail and descend towards the dam on Jubilee Reservoir. Just before the dam, we'll turn left into the valley around the lower reservoir. It has always looked enticing to me: green and rugged. If the trails allow, we'll circum-navigate the reservoir and finish at the Shing Mun Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Shatin MTR Station, Bus station exit (towards Ikea)
SUNDAY DEC 24, 2006: CHRISTMAS MYSTERY HIKE
Get into the Christmas "spirit" with this "short & sharp" Mystery Walk. Stop and smell the Iris speculatrix and other botanical delights as we go ever forward. Our marching boots will tramp ever upward over some geographical forms that may or may not be related. However after making their intimate acquaintance, we'll bid adieu to some Christmas cake or pudding and perhaps some ale or other kind of Christmas "spirit".


Meeting Point: Meet at 1.30 pm at the Exchange Square "bull"
MONDAY JAN 1, 2007: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
Since this is the best day of the year to go to Sharp Peak, we'll go again this year. That should be a good enough reason for you to stay healthy on NY Eve! We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground.


Meeting Point: 9.00am Diamond Hill MTR Exit C (to take the bus # 96R directly to Pak Tam Au)
SUNDAY JAN 7, 2007 : HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR/ MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 1 AND STAGE 2
We'll bus it to Pak Tam Chung and start walking. The first 2-3 hours around High Island Reservoir are completely flat and paved but exposed. The tough stuff comes later, as we climb up and then down to Long Ke Wan and then over a few more hills to finally meet up with the paved trail leading to Sai Wan Pavilion and the bus back to Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN JAN 14, 2007: TSEUN WAN TO YUEN LONG ON THE YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL
We will catch a bus (short distance) to the beginning of the trail. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. The walk involves a few twists and turns, and this is where my notes will be of use, or it may be an adventure. Parts I am sure you have done before. We end up in Yuen Long hopefully for at least a drink, and then a bus back home.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN JAN 21, 2007: LUK WU WATERFALL CLAMBER
We will either take the big bus heading to Wong Shek Pier or share taxis (the latter is quicker and relatively cheap when shared) to Pak Tam Au, the intersection of stage 2 and stage 3 of the Maclehose. We will then head backwards on stage 2 (ie towards beaches/Sharp Peak), but leave the beaten (crowded?) path at one of the old villages. We will then head in the direction towards Luk Wu Country Trail. A detour at a stream crossing will start us scrambling up the stream to find the 'Stone Path', a fascinating rock ledge along a canyon. You'll be using your hands to negotiate rocky routes and steep narrow trails through the woods. You may even find yourself on all fours. After a while we'll rejoin the Luk Wu Country Trail and then take another detour south over Tai Cham Koi and dropping back down to meet the beginning of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. Expect the unexpected! If it is too wet or slippery, we will have to return on the Luk Wu Country Trail. Finish off in Sai Kung for a coffee and something yummy at Ali Oli's or a meal at a place of our choice. BUT do bring lunch and water to keep you going for the walk.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SATURDAY JAN 27, 2007: A MOUNTAIN IN SHENZHEN
Since we'll meet across the border in Lo Wu, please allow an extra 20 minutes to pass through customs and of course make sure you have the correct documentation (passport, visa) which you may need to arrange in advance. Menno is going to lead us to either WuTong Mountain (see Roz's report here) or maybe Maluan Mountain. We will be able to drop off some bags with changes of clothes for the evening at Menno's nearby hotel room. After the hike we'll probably have a shower and massage in Shenzhen followed by dinner. The Lo Wu border crossing closes at 12 pm but for the real party animals the Lok Ma Chau border crossing is open 24 hours. That is about 10 minutes by taxi from the Lo Wu. Guaranteed to be an interesting day!


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Lo Wu on the China side of the MTR station Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN FEB 4, 2007: MA ON SHAN AND THE HUNCHBACKS
Start on the MacLehose Stage 4, puff all the way up to Ma On Shan and then continue along the dramatic ridge tops of the Hunchbacks, possibly through some brushy areas, at last tackling a steep descent with the aid of some ropes. We'll finish in a park near Ma On Shan town.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN FEB 11, 2007: LING WUI SHAN & KEUNG SHAN, LANTAU
We'll take the bus from Mui Wo to Shek Pik Reservoir and start hiking from there. We'll climb Ling Wui Shan and Keung Shan and skirt the summit of Kwun Yam Shan, all on beautiful open trails. The hike finishes at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road, where we can catch buses to Tung Chung or Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:20am to get the 9:30am ferry to Mui Wo, Central Ferry Piers
SUN FEB 18, 2007: LUK WU WATERFALL CLAMBER
We will either take the big bus heading to Wong Shek Pier or share taxis (the latter is quicker and relatively cheap when shared) to Pak Tam Au, the intersection of stage 2 and stage 3 of the Maclehose. We will then head backwards on stage 2 (ie towards beaches/Sharp Peak), but leave the beaten (crowded?) path at one of the old villages. We will then head in the direction towards Luk Wu Country Trail. A detour at a stream crossing will start us scrambling up the stream to find the 'Stone Path', a fascinating rock ledge along a canyon. You'll be using your hands to negotiate rocky routes and steep narrow trails through the woods. You may even find yourself on all fours. After a while we'll rejoin the Luk Wu Country Trail and then take another detour south over Tai Cham Koi and dropping back down to meet the beginning of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. Expect the unexpected! If it is too wet or slippery, we will have to return on the Luk Wu Country Trail. Finish off in Sai Kung for a something yummy?


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN FEB 25, 2007: SAI KUNG NORTH WEST EXPLORATION
We'll take taxis towards Yung Shue O and start off with a good warm-up puff up Jacobs Ladder. From there we'll be climbing Shek Uk Shan and exploring trails north to She Shek Au and the Caritas Siu Tong Camp where I hope to find another route up Mount Hallowes. (Our last attempt to find a non-bushwhacking route up there failed, so maybe we'll be luckier this time.) At least we'll find some new ocean views and perhaps explore other attractions such as Dragon Boat Rock. One way or another we'll find our way to the Hoi Ha Road and buses home.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN DEC 2: 'STONE PATH', LUK WU, SAI KUNG
We'll share taxis to the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. From there we'll join the Luk Wu Country Trail. A detour at a stream crossing will start us scrambling up the stream to find the 'Stone Path', a fascinating rock ledge along a canyon. You'll be using your hands to negotiate rocky routes and steep narrow trails through the woods. After a while we'll rejoin the Luk Wu Country Trail and then take another detour south over Tai Cham Koi and dropping back down to meet the beginning of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. As this walk is actually quite short, we might also extend the trip by doing a circuit on the Sheung Yiu Country Trail past the Folk Museum. Expect the unexpected!


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN DEC 9: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 4 AND 3, LANTAU PEAK
From the Keung Shan Road, Lantau Trail Stage 3 climbs gently up to Ngong Ping. Then we climb not so gently up Lantau Peak and down to Pak Kung Au, where buses await. However, your tireless leader will entertain options for continuing on from that point.


Meeting Point: Central Ferry Pier to Mui Wo, 9:20am for 9:30am ferry
SUN DEC 16: MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 4 (BACKWARDS)
We'll start with a shared taxi ride to Gilwell Camp Site. Open trails in good condition with lots of hills and views, of course.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit B
SUN DEC 23: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views and lots of ups and downs as we circumnavigate the Plover Cove Reservoir. There are some rough bits. We'll take a taxi to Wu Kau Tang (near Bride's Pool) and finish at the main dam (the damn dam) at Tai Mei Tuk. Good Thai food at the end of the hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at 9:30am Tai Po Market Train Station
SUN DEC 30: TAI KOO TO STANLEY, WILSON TRAIL STAGES 1 AND 2 .
We'll start walking right from the station, climbing up to Jardine's Lookout, and later up Violet Hill and the Twins before descending towards Stanley for a meal. Expect open trails with plenty of steps both up and down.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Koo MTR Station near Exit B
SUN JAN 6, 2008: THE HUNCHBACKS THE OTHER WAY
Walking from the Ma On Shan Station, we'll choose from a selection of trails that make their way up to The Hunchbacks and Ma On Shan. We've been down this way before, so we know it is steep. 2 hands will be necessary. Once we've basked in the views from the peak, we'll take it easy on the Maclehose trail before choosing another route back down towards Shatin. I'm hoping to find a way over Luk Chau Shan. We'll be exploring trails some we haven't been on before, so be prepared for small amounts of brush and some possible dead ends.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Ma On Shan MTR Station
SUN JAN 13: RAZOR BACK OR TAI TO YAN
We take the bus 64K which takes us to Kadoorie Farm. The trail starts opposite. The first 30 minutes is hard going (more than a few huffs and puffs), as we climb up the path to the ridge (566m), but it is worth the effort. The walk along the ridge offers magnificent views. The hike finishes at Fanling MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station (1 hour from Central!)
SUN JAN 20: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start off slowly as we recce bbq locations for next week's Aussi BBQ party. Then we'll get right into action, starting on the Shek Pik Country Trail and climbing up the steep ridge tops to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. For the descent, we'll choose between the wooded Shek Pik Country Trail or the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak. Early dinner at the Stoep?


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SATURDAY JAN 26: AUSTRALIA DAY BBQ
For Aussies and Aussie wannabes, a traditional Australian BBQ to celebrate Jenny's motherland's national day. We'll take a bus and a short walk to a spot near Shek Pik and throw some snags and chops on a real barbie, while downing some cold tinnies and eating other traditional Aussie fare. There will be some Australian-related activities/quizzes on the ferry trip over. Bring your own meat (preferably Aussie) and your beverages of choice. Contact Jenny for more details about what to bring.


Meeting Point: Outlying Ferry Pier at 1 pm for the 1:10 ferry to Mui Wo Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN JAN 27: TIGER'S HEAD AFTERNOON HIKE
We'll walk from the ferry pier to the "Greens" and then take the trail up and over Lo Fu Tau (Tiger's Head) passing lots of interesting rocks along the way. We'll follow some ridgetops and then descend towards the Mui Wo valley. Dinner in Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 2pm at the Discovery Bay Ferry Pier in Central to catch the 2:10 ferry. It's a late start because of the party the day before.
SUN FEB 3: LAMMA ISLAND ROCK EXPLORATION
From Sok Kwu Wan pier we will walk up to Mo Tat, Tung O & then Ling Kok Shan to see some of rocks, then we will walk up to Shan Tei Tong (Mt. Stenhouse) which is the difficult part of the whole day. Lot of rocks in different shapes can be found along the way. Then we will descend to Lo So Shing and take the Lamma Island Family Walk to Hung Shing Ye and then visit the Lamma Winds Exhibition Centre. Finally, we will go to Yung Shue Wan and take ferry back to Central. If you like seafood, we can also stay there and have dinner at one of the restaurants. Be prepared this is not an easy trail and both hands may be needed. Also, bring enough water since after Tung O there is no store available to buy food and drinks until Lo So Shing. Last but not least, bring your sun block or hat along with you as there is not much shelter for the whole trail.


Meeting Point: 9:45am at Pier 4 Central (before the gate to Sok Kwu Wan) to take 10:00am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan
SUN FEB 10: TSEUN WAN TO YUEN LONG ON THE YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL
We will catch a bus or taxi the short way to the beginning of the trail. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. walk is mostly shaded and varies from hillsides and woods to bamboo forests. After the initial climb, it is fairly flat so not too difficult.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN FEB 17: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR TO SHAM TSENG
We'll take a bus out to Tai Lam Kok off Castle Peak Road and walk up to the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir near the Women's Correctional Institute. We'll follow the shady winding path along the reservoir to the Kat Hing Bridge. Then we'll take the Tai Lam Nature Trail over to Sham Tseng?you know the place where they have that delicious roast goose restaurant. The route is quite long but mostly shaded and gentle. Bring plenty of water and a snack as our second lunch in Sham Tseng will be quite late.


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway
SUN FEB 24: LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK
We will catch taxis to go to the Gilwell Campsite and from there follow the Maclehose Trail Stage 5 to Sha Tin Pass, from there we can decide to further follow Maclehose via Lion Rock or change over to Wilson Trail to see Amah Rock. Either way we will end up at Kowloon Reservoir where we can catch a bus to the MTR. Be prepared for some intentional or unintentional detours.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR, exit A
SUN DEC 7: TIN SHI WAI/HA TSUEN ERODED HILLS
Take a taxi from Tin Shui Wai MTR to the ancient Chinese temple "Lin To" hidden in Ha Tsuen, and ramble along the ridge-line southwards in the former garrison shelling grounds. The badly-eroded gravel slopes are steep, bare, loose, & at times associated with gullies and ravines. Bring a hiking pole and pair of gloves as there are some ups and downs. Under clear weather, we will have a chance to glance at the Western Corridor connecting HK to Shenzhen Port. We will NOT climb the summit of Castle Peak and we'll end up at the Leung Tin Village Pass.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Tin Shui Wai MTR station Exit A
SUN DEC 7 --EASIER OPTION: THE TWINS
Those not wishing to risk life and limb on the Eroded Hills can join Jenny for a civilized walk on 'proper' trails, but still with plenty of exercise. There are at least 900 steps.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Parkview Lobby
SUN DEC 14: PAT SIN LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and after a warm-up stroll up the road we start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions (air quality permitting). The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station near the Maxim's Restaurant
SUN DEC 21: LIN FA SHAN EXPLORATION
We'll be exploring all day on some unknown trails, starting with a back route from Mui Wo up to the Lantau Trail Stage 2, climbing all the way up to Lin Fa Shan, then seeking a way back down to the villages behind Mui Wo. We'll play it by ear depending on the condition of the trails. Wear long pants and if you're sensitive, long sleeves and gloves too.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN DEC 28: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S TOOTH, WITH EASIER OPTION
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail. Those looking for excitement can join me to climb one of the steep ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. Those wanting a proper trail, can follow the Country Trail that climbs through the forest and eventually joins the Lantau Trail heading for Lantau Peak. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
THURSDAY, JAN 1, 2009: ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S SHARP PEAK ASCENT (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
A great hike to start the new year ...and hopefully we will miss the crowds. We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. If daylight allows, we'll stop for second lunch at Ham Tim. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 92 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUN JAN 4, 2009: CASTLE PEAK STREAM BASIN --RAVINE ADVENTURES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the bottom it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under bright skylight. To visit it, we shall first stream trek the Pillar Point Creek rich with pitcher plants, orchards, camellia, then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo. Finally we shall end up at Leung Tin Pass. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and wear long trousers.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station (There are direct buses from Central and TST.)
SUN JAN 11, 2009: SUNSET PEAK LANTAU TRAIL STAGE 2
Good workout during the 600m climb to the top for a great views of Lantau Island (if it's not cloudy at the top). We'll start walking at Mui Wo and finish at Pak Kung Au for buses to Tung Chung or the Stoep.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN JAN 18, 2009: MACLEHOSE STAGES 4 BACKWARDS (THE EASIER WAY!)
We'll start with a shared taxi ride to Gilwell Camp Site. Open and wooded trails in good condition with lots of hills and views of Ma on Shan and other places.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit B
SUN FEB 1 2009: TSEUN WAN TO YUEN LONG ON THE YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL
We will catch a bus or taxi the short way to the beginning of the trail. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. walk is mostly shaded and varies from hillsides and woods to bamboo forests. It's very pretty. After the initial climb, it is fairly undulating so not too difficult.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN FEB 8: COLD WATER STREAM TREK & ROCK TORS DISCOVERY
The Cold Water Stream (Tai Leung Shui) in the Castle Peak basin is rich with "sandy beach" pools drained by unpolluted water. The sand comes from disintegrated rocks after heavy erosion. Shall trek between its middle & upper course to see an interesting rock-split like slices on a loaf of bread. May tread waters to make detours from thorny bush or overhanging rock platforms. Required to walk on bare, gravelly slopes & meeting bush. Bring gloves, a pair of spare dry shoes. Depending on team spirit & time, will visit some funny huge rock tors at higher elevations. Starts from Leung Tin Pass and end up in Lung Kwu Tan Beach.


Meeting Point: 10 am at Leung King Light Rail station in front of Leung King Shopping Mall, Tuen Mun.
SUN FEB 15: SAI KUNG WEST EXPLORATION II
The goal for this hike is to traverse Sai Kung West Country Park without walking on the Maclehose Trail. We bus to Pak Tam Chung and walk on the easy family trail and then taking a left to Pak Tam. From there we'll climb the Lung Hang valley all the way to Shek Uk Shan. We'll follow the ridge trail northeast to Lo Fun Kei Shek ending on the Hoi Ha Road. We haven't tried these trails before, so it may be brushy, steep and who knows what else! So, please be prepared.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 92 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUN FEB 22 2008: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
A longish walk (but easy with only a few minor inclines. We follow the coast of Lantau to the picturesque fishing village of Tai O. We traverse beaches, mangrove marshes, historic Fan Lau fort (first lunch), a Tin Hau temple and prehistoric stone circles. A good walk for walking novices as well as seasoned hands.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am to catch 9.40 am ferry to Mui Wo, then a bus to Shek Pik
SUNDAY DEC 6: MAC TRAIL 1 & 2
The first bit, Pat Tam Chung to Long Ke is completely flat and winds around High Island Reservoir (10.6 kms); stage 1 ends with a climb over one hill after the reservoir road to get to a gorgeous beach. Then it gets a bit more difficult (sorry folks!). A couple of 400m hills (and some smaller ones) and back down to sea level in between. Walk over a couple of beaches including Tai Long Wan and the village of Ham Tin. This is one of the few stages (13.5 kms) on any of Hong Kong's trails where there are restaurants to stop for a refreshing bowl of noodles on the way. We end at Pak Tam Au where buses go past. Okay, we go for a total of 24 kms, but this walk is very beautiful and one of my favourites.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Sai Kung Bus Terminus steps
SATURDAY DEC 12: AUSSIE BBQ WITH A REAL AUSSIE
Come and experience what a real BBQ is like - not the usual HK nonsense! There will be an Aussie "Gift Pack" for participants. Come and see the quintessential Australian cultural activity. People will have to bring slabs of meat and some tinnies. It may be too cold to bring your cozzies. We can spend time on the beach and walk out leisurely or arrange a taxi pick up back to town. More details will be worked out shortly. Please let me know if you plan to come (in advance). This includes Roz's regulars!


Meeting Point: Place: Long Ke Beach, Sai Kung. We can meet at Sai Kung Bus station at 12.30 pm - we'll taxi to the spot Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUNDAY DEC 13: BLUFF HEAD EXCURSION
Will take the 9:30 bus to Wong Shek Pier. From Wong Shek Pier, we shall hire speed boats sailing across the Tolo Channel to Bluff Head, the extreme NE tip of the Hong Kong landmass & a place of special geological interest. The volcanic rock overlying the Lower Jurassic sedimentary rocks outcrop from Bluff Head to Pak Sha Chau along Tolo Channel makes up the entire southern arm of the Plover Cove Reservoir. After landing, not on a pier but by jumping on boulders, we shall climb the top of a cliff among bush to reach a faint path on top of the headland. This is a journey of no return, as the speed boats will say good-bye & there is no escape route all the way. Our "Long March" will pass Tai Ling, Ngong Chong Shan, Pak Kok Shan, Feng Wong Wat Teng ridge, Lo Fu Wat , Harbour Island, the main dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir to reach Tai Mei Tuk. The interlocking slopes, mostly have no mob phone signals coverage, are rugged, steep and exposed. Bring enough food, drinks and a working torch for emergency. Bring a pair of gloves and wear long pants.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am at Sai Kung bus stop
SUN DEC 20: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S MIDDLE TOOTH, WITH EASIER OPTION
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail. Those looking for excitement can join me to climb one of the steep ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. Last year we did the steeper, shorter one. This year we'll try the longer one which will also be quite exposed. If it's a windy day, we'll have to hang on. Those wanting a proper trail, can follow the Country Trail that climbs through the forest and eventually joins the Lantau Trail heading for Lantau Peak. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN DEC 27: DRAGON'S BACK THE LONG WAY, WITH DINNER
From the MTR station, walk towards Hing Wah Estate and then up Wan Tsui Road looking for a Chinese temple beside a small stream on the left. Follow your noses up this little valley, past the Muslim Cemetery and then up the road past the crematorium. Keep going up to Shek O Road, turn left and we'll soon see the steep flight of steps which is the start of the Dragon's Back Trail. On the way in, we'll pass by the first trail that goes to the Back, following the level trail to the second way up. That way we'll be able to follow the very scenic ridge around and down to Big Wave Bay. Second lunch or dinner at Shek O.


Meeting Point: 10:00am Chai Wan MTR Station, Exit B
SUNDAY JAN 3, 2010: UNDER THE LANTAU CABLE CAR WALK
Up and away as we check out the undercarriage of Ngong Ping 360 as the trail follows it up the mountain. We start off at Tung Chung. After crossing the flats, and there's an interesting house usually with drying veggies or other stuff, then the hill on the left and then the trail goes up steeply. When we reach the top we can again say our respects to Mr B., and have lunch and walk back a different way down to Tung Chung and to wherever you want to go after that.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Tung Chung MTR Exit A (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN JAN 10: MACLEHOSE STAGES 7 AND 8
We`ll start the hike right next to Shing Mun Reservoir before heading up Needle Hill (532m), followed by Grassy Hill (647m). Stage 7 will take us down to Lead Mine Pass from where we`ll start Stage 8 and yet another climb, this time towards the highest point in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan (957m). The trail will give us excellent views to urban Hong Kong (Sha Tin and Tai Po), villages of Pat Heung valley, and some entirely green sceneries as well. It`s a bit of a workout, however, so be prepared to sweat a little. The hike finishes at Route Twisk where a bus can be taken back to Tsuen Wan or to Kam Sheung Road MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tsuen Wan MTR Station Exit C
SUN JAN 17: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We`ll meet at the shallow pool and take the bus to Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2). From there we start our hike towards Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. No beginners please, as we do not want any helicopter rescues.


Meeting Point: 9.20 am at Sai Kung bus terminus, to catch 9:30 Bus 94 to Pak Tam Au. Latecomers will have to catch up with taxis
SUN JAN 24: GHOST VILLAGES IN NE PART OF HONG KONG
Several villages along the coast of the NE HK lost it inhabitants due to their remoteness. Still remaining are empty village houses, fung shui woodlands, fishing ponds, mangrove swamps, cultivated fields, abandoned school houses setting in the tranquility of the fertile valleys in the countryside along Starling Inlet. We shall start from Luk Keng, following the coastal line passing from coves to coves covering Au Kung Au, Kung Shue Au, Au Tsai and So Lo Pun, the largest ghost villages now sadly closed to the public. Numerous ghost stories are associated with So Lo Pun, the village name actually means a compass will be automatically locked within the mysterious village. We might have a good view of Robinson Island and Crooked Harbour along the hill paths under clear weather. Expect to encounter brush, climb a couple of steep but small hills back to Wu Kau Tang, and meet a ghost if you are lucky. The trip ends up in Tai Po.


Meeting Point: 9:30am in front of Maxim Restaurant in the Fanling MTR Station
SUN JAN 31: WILSON TRAIL STAGE 1 & 2.
We'll start walking right from the station, climbing up to Jardine's Lookout, and later up Violet Hill and the Twins before descending towards Stanley for a meal. Expect open trails with plenty of steps both up and down.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Koo MTR Station Exit B
SUN FEB 7: NEEDLE HILL (MACLEHOSE STAGE 7) FOLLOWED BY QUIETER PLACES ENDING NEAR SHATIN
We'll take a taxi to Shing Mun Reservoir and follow MacLehose Stage 7 up Needle Hill. Just before the top of Grassy Hill will turn right and explore some smaller trails heading down towards Shatin.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Tsuen Wan MTR station B
SUN FEB 14: TAI PO KAU VALENTINES DAY HIKE
We can enjoy nature's love on this day! We should see some birds and maybe some early butterflies. The ferns and trees are quite lush and beautiful too. We will take a taxi or two to Tai Po Kau forest and make our way up the hill to the red or brown trail (depending on how challenging people want the hike to be). The hike will be co-led by another leader who will take over if we want to make our way to adjoining trails outside the forest reserve. A meal may be possible wherever we end up. Estimate: Four to five hours of hiking. Level of Difficulty: Lots of upward slopes and stairs. If you have any questions please contact Kate at 9095 0267.


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUN FEB 21: TUEN MUN/TIN SHUI WAI "EXPERIENCE"
We will do a "heritage walk" near the Tin Shui Wai station to visit a pagoda & a newly opened museum about NT history in Ping Shan (formerly a Police Post) are new attraction in the area. A fishing village Lau Fau Shan famous for oyster field in the vicinity is worth visiting. There is also small hill called Ah Kau Shan where we can overlook the fishponds. A narrow road used to run from Lau Fau Shan to Sha Kiu Tsuen up to Tsim Bei Tsui. From TBT in the past we could walk to Yuen Long along paths across the fish ponds. But recent housing developments may have changed things. Any, it's an "experience" so who'll know what will happen.


Meeting Point: Tin Shui Wai MTR at 10 am
SUN FEB 28: HONG KONG TRAIL
We will take the bus to where the Hong Kong trail crosses Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. From there we'll walk up the hill towards Parkview, then follow the trail over Jardines Lookout, Mount Butler etc. End point could be Tai Tam Road or further.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am Eastbound bus stops outside Queensway Plaza, Admiralty for bus #6.
SUN DEC 5: MAC TRAIL 1 & 2
The first bit, Pat Tam Chung to Long Ke is completely flat and winds around High Island Reservoir (10.6 kms); stage 1 ends with a climb over one hill after the reservoir road to get to a gorgeous beach. Then it gets a bit more difficult (sorry folks!). A couple of 400m hills (and some smaller ones) and back down to sea level in between. Walk over a couple of beaches including Tai Long Wan and the village of Ham Tin. This is one of the few stages (13.5 kms) on any of Hong Kong's trails where there are restaurants to stop for a refreshing bowl of noodles on the way. We end at Pak Tam Au where buses go past. Okay, we go for a total of 24 kms, but this walk is very beautiful and one of my favourites.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Sai Kung Bus Terminus steps
SUN DEC 12: CASTLE PEAK STREAM BASIN --RAVINE ADVENTURES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the bottom it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under bright skylight. To visit it, we shall first stream trek the Pillar Point Creek rich with pitcher plants, orchards, camellia, then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo. Finally we shall end up in Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and wear long trousers.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station (There are direct buses from Central and TST.)
SUN DEC 19: MA ON SHAN AND THE HUNCHBACKS
Start on the MacLehose Stage 4, puff all the way up to Ma On Shan and then continue along the dramatic ridgetops of the Hunchbacks, possibly through some brushy areas, at last descending some extra steep sections towards Ma On Shan town.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Sai Kung Bus Terminus steps
SUN DEC 26: THIRD DOG TOOTH UP LANTAU PEAK
We'll ride the bus to Shui Hau and walk up the Lantau Trail towards the catchwater. From there we'll be looking for the 'Third Dog Tooth' trail that ascends a steep ridge to Kau Nga Ling and than onwards to Lantau Peak. Last year we did the first and second teeth, so this year we'll try the longest one which will also be quite exposed. If it's a windy day, we'll have to hang on. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN JAN 1 AND 2, 2011: 2 DAYS OF PEAKS AND EXPLORING WITH AN OVERNIGHT STAY NEAR PUI O
On Day 1, we'll take the back route up Lantau Peak and then follow the South Lantau Country Trail all the way to our guesthouse. We'll eat dinner at a restaurant. On Day 2, we'll hike out of our door to climb Lin Fa Shan, then Por Kai Shan and take the back route to Discovery Bay for our final dinner. There will be some brushy bits, steep climbs and a few rough patches. We'll have to carry all our clothes and trail lunches for the 2 days of hiking. There will also be early exit options for people who want to take short cuts, although you may have to hike on your own if you do that. There's an option to join us for Day 2 only, if you arrange it in advance. RSVP is essential if you want to stay overnight. Contact Amanda at yywhy@netvigator.com.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Tung Chung MTR Station Exit A. Note, trains leave every 10 minutes and the ride from Central takes 36 minutes.
SUN JAN 9, 2011: LUK WU WATERFALL CLAMBER
We will either take the big bus heading to Wong Shek Pier or share taxis to Pak Tam Au, the intersection of stage 2 and stage 3 of the Maclehose. We will then head backwards on stage 2 (ie towards beaches/Sharp Peak), but leave the beaten (crowded?) path at one of the old villages. We will then head in the direction towards Luk Wu Country Trail. A detour at a stream crossing will start us scrambling up the stream to find the 'Stone Path', a fascinating rock ledge along a canyon. You'll be using your hands to negotiate rocky routes and steep narrow trails through the woods. You may even find yourself on all fours. After a while we'll rejoin the Luk Wu Country Trail and then take another detour south over Tai Cham Koi and dropping back down to meet the beginning of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road. Expect the unexpected! If it is too wet or slippery, we will have to return on the Luk Wu Country Trail.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN JAN 16, 2011: PAT SIN LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions. The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po Market MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN JAN 23, 2011: HILLTOPS IN PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK
We'll taxi or minibus to Luk Keng and then walk on a variety of trails, from easy to unknown to explore some new hilltops including Lo Fu Shek Teng, Pan Pui Teng and Shek Nga Tau stopping by Lai Chi Wo and Kuk Po along the way. There will be brush and a few steep pitches. We'll finish in Luk Keng.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fanling MTR station, inside near the Maxims.
SUN JAN 30, 2011: ROBIN`S NEST
We`ll taxi to the starting point close to Wo Tong Kong and start the hike with a steep and slightly strenuous uphill to Robin`s Nest. After that we`ll start a winding trail going steadily mostly downwards with views to Shenzhen and northern parts of New Territories. We`ll also see old relics of the barbed wire fences that used to run along the HK-Shenzhen border area to stop illegal immigrants and such. At the end of the hike, we can stop to have a look at the Cheung Shan Monastery before transporting back to civilization. Highest point at 492 meters, elevation gain during hike about 650 meters.


Meeting Point: Meeting time/place: 9.30am at Fanling MTR Station inside, near Maxims
THURSDAY FEB 3, 2011: CHINESE NEW YEAR SHARP PEAK ASCENT (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
A great hike to start the new year ...and hopefully we will miss the crowds. We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. If daylight allows, we'll stop for second lunch at Ham Tim. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. New hikers will be required to demonstrate their descending ability before climbing with the group. Those wanting an easier hike can follow the main paved trail to Ham Tin for lunch.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 92 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUN FEB 6, 2011: MOUNT STENHOUSE, LAMMA ISLAND
From the ferry pier at Sok Kwu Wan we set off on this walk which follows a loop around Lamma with a detour to the highest peak, Mount Stenhouse (San Tei Tong, 353 m.). Its a bit overgrown and brushy in parts. The walk takes in two of the most attractive beaches on the island and has excellent coastal scenery throughout. Needless to say we'll eat at one of Lamma's seafood restaurants.


Meeting Point: 10.10 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 10:20 am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan
SUN FEB 13, 2011: TAI TONG TO HUNG SHUI KIU EXPEDITION
We`ll taxi to Tai Tong village from where we`ll walk through the farmlands to get started with the hike. The first part will be easy government trail but we`ll soon deviate to a bit more challenging terrain with partly loose gravel and slightly more serious uphill parts. We`ll get nice views of the new towns of North-West New Territories and the villages that surround them, and of course of the surrounding mountains. We`ll also walk along a few nice streams and reservoirs. Before finishing in Hung Shui Kiu (famous for its milk tea), we`ll also pass a kind of a squatter village. The hike is not very demanding but the trail is almost fully exposed to the elements, so if it`s sunny, be prepared for the sun and heat (or rain, or whatever forecasts say). There`s some of brush, loose gravel and a hint of adventure. So, bring your walking stick if you need one, your good hiking shoes and sunscreen. Highest point at around 400 meters.


Meeting Point: Meeting time/place: 10:00am at Yuen Long MTR Station, around EXIT G1
SUN FEB 27, 2011: BUFFALO PASS EXPLORATION
We'll climb one of the steep unofficial trails from Ho Chung Valley up to the Maclehose Trail at Buffalo Pass. From there we'll ascend Buffalo Hill and then take a special detour to bag Shek Nga Shan. We drop back down to Nui Po Au but before climbing again to Nui Po Shan and exploring some as yet untried routes down to A Kung Kok or Shek Mun. Expect some brush and rough bits.


Meeting Point: 9:15am at Choi Hung MTR Station, outside Exit C2 at the minibus stand for Sai Kung. Or 9:45am on Hiram's Highway at the entrance to Ho Chung Valley.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 4: ROOSTER RIDGE (KAI KUNG LENG) AND BBQ
We`ll take a bus to our starting point in Kiu Tau and will start heading up the hill right away. The first uphill is reasonably steep and continues upward all the way to a level of about 570 meters. We`ll take our time on the uphill and once we get to the top, the trail will take us mostly downwards (with a few smaller ups here and there). The hike will feature very nice scenery over and around the fully exposed mountain range. If the weather is decent, we`ll get good views of Shenzhen, Pat Heung valley, Yuen Long and, in general, the northern New Territories. Before finishing in Kam Tin village, we can also stop to see some of the old Tang Ancestral Halls and other old Chinese style buildings. This hike is suitable for all levels of hikers but be prepared for some gravel and loose soil on some of the downhill parts. The hike is mostly exposed to the elements so be prepared according to weather forecast!


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Kam Sheung Road MTR (Exit C)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 11: THE HUNCHBACKS THE OTHER WAY
Walking from the Ma On Shan Station, we'll choose from a selection of trails that make their way up to The Hunchbacks and Ma On Shan. The uphill climb is steep: 2 hands will be necessary and it may be a bit brushy. Once we've basked in the views from the peak, we'll take it easy on the Maclehose trail before choosing another route back down towards Shatin.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Ma On Shan MTR Station, Exit B
SATURDAY DECEMBER 17: SHARP PEAK SLOWLY
This hike is organized especially for Julianna so that she can conquer this famous Hong Kong peak without ruining her legs (too much), spending the night, or resorting to a helicopter evacuation. The warm-up starts at Pak Tam Au and follows the Maclehose Trail, down and then up a long hill to the turn-off for Sharp Peak. From there the trail becomes rough and we climb sometimes using our hands to the top of Sharp Peak for some fabulous views. Then the fun begins. Down is the hard part. We will inch our way back down on the most direct route with plenty of patience for the slow-moving ones. Sturdy, well-fitting shoes and a walking stick (or two) are recommended. Also, if you need an arm to lean on, please bring a well-balanced friend.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead. Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 24: WONG LENG AND PAT SIN LENG WITH OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO LUK KENG
This is a new route for us. We'll take bus 75K towards Tai Mei Tuk alighting at Shuen Wan where we'll have a short, flat warm-up walk across some fields and small roads to Tung Tsz. After a little searching, we'll find the trail up the ridge to Wong Leng. It may be brushy at first but will open out on the ridgetops. At Wong Leng we'll turn right and go up and down the 8 peaks of Pat Sin Leng. Those who are tired already can take the PSL Nature Trail to Tai Mei Tuk and buses. Those keen to complete Stage 10 of the Wilson Trail will continue on the pretty, undulating forest trail for another 2-3 hours to Luk Keng.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Po MTR Station near the coffee shop Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUNDAY JANUARY 1, 2012: LONG KE WAN EXPLORATION
Get an early start to the new year! We'll be exploring trails in the vicinity of Long Ke Wan, especially hoping to find a route to Tsang Pang Kok overlooking Conic Island. We'll start walking on the trail to Sai Wan, turn right on the Maclehose Trail climbing up to Wan Shan and then looking for the rough trails heading out to the Tsang Pang peninsula. We'll try to visit Long Ke following the shoreline. Most likely we'll end at the High Island East Dam. It's likely to be brushy so long pants are strongly recommended and long sleeves and gloves may be a good idea. There will be plenty of hills, some scrambling, possible back-tracking and certainly sea viewing.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am *Note early start time* at the 29R bus stop in front of MacDonald's on Chan Man Street, Sai Kung. The bus leaves at 9:15am. Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead near the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road.
SUNDAY JANUARY 8, 2012: BLUFF HEAD PENINSULA
BOAT FULL Will take the 9:30 bus to Wong Shek Pier. From there, we shall hire speed boats sailing across the Tolo Channel to Bluff Head, the extreme NE tip of the Hong Kong landmass & a place of special geological interest. The volcanic rock overlying the Lower Jurassic sedimentary rocks outcrop from Bluff Head to Pak Sha Chau along Tolo Channel makes up the entire southern arm of the Plover Cove Reservoir. After landing, not on a pier but by jumping on boulders of the coast, we shall climb the top of a cliff among bush to reach a faint path on top of the headland & walk westward. This is a journey of no return, as the speed boat will say good-bye & there is no escape route all the way. Our "Long March" will pass Tai Ling, Ngong Chong Shan, Pak Kok Shan, Feng Wong Wat Teng ridge, Luk Wu Tung, Shek Nga Ta, Hong Shek Mun Au, Mount Newland, Mui Tin, to Wu Kau Tang. The interlocking slopes, mostly have no mob phone signals coverage, are rugged, at times steep and exposed. Bring enough food, drinks, a pair of gloves and a working torch for emergency. As I need confirm the number of hikers with the boatman please confirm your intention to join by emailing the hike leader.


Meeting Point: 9:10 am at Sai Kung bus stop. No waiting after 9:25 am.
SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2012: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail until we find the rough trail climbing steeply up onto the ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
MON JANUARY 23: SHARP PEAK
This will be a reasonably paced hike with few breaks. We'll get the 9:30am bus to Pak Tam Au, climb Sharp Peak and then be flexible. We may explore the peninsula or head straight down to the beaches. We may finish at Wong Shek Pier or Pak Tam Au or go to Sai Wan beach and walk up to Pak Tam Chung.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am, Sai Kung Town Bus Terminus/Fountain
WEEKEND FEBRUARY 4-5: CAMPING AT KAU LING CHUNG
We`ll take a bus to Shek Pik Reservoir where we will start our (reasonably) short walk to the camping site. We`ll set up camp at Kau Ling Chung and while some will stay at the camp, others may make some excursions to see the landmark sights nearby like "the Obelisk", the Fan Lau Fort, or some old village ruins. The camping site features a very nice beach too and those brave enough to enter the cool waters may do so. Expect no electricity or running water. All participants must either have their own tent or be assigned to one with room left. Decent sleeping bag is mandatory as night-time temperatures might get quite cold. If the weather doesn`t seem good for the weekend, we will postpone the camping and do a normal Sunday hike instead. The back-up camping weekend is Feb 25-26. Check here for updates (decision is made latest on Wednesday, Feb 2nd)!


Meeting Point: 11:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 11:50 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY FEB 12: TIN SHUI WAI/HA TSUEN ERODED HILLS RAMBLE
Shall take a taxi from Tin Shui Wai MTR to the ancient Chinese temple "Lin To Monestery" hidden in Ha Tsuen, and ramble along the ridge-line southwards in the former garrison shelling ground going thru all hilltops: Yuen Tau Shan 375m>up & down to highest pt 394 m. The badly-eroded gravel slopes are steep, bare, loose, & at times associated with gullies and ravines. Bring a hiking pole and pair of gloves as there are many ups and downs. Under clear weather, we will have a chance to glance at the Western Corridor connecting HK to Shenzhen Port. We shall NOT climb the summit of Castle Peak and we'll end up at the Leung Tin Estate bus stop.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Tin Shui Wai MTR station Exit A Walking Time: 5 hours
SUNDAY FEB 19: TAI PO KAU BIRDWATCHING HIKE
Did you know that Hong Kong has more than 400 species of birds? This is your chance to see some of them. On a hike during Lunar New Year the following species were spied: Orange-bellied Leaf bird, Hainan Blue Flycatcher and Black-throated Sunbird.


Meeting Point: Meet Kate at 8 am at the bottom of hill Tai Po Kau. Call 90950267 for details or meet Penny 9:30 am Tai Po Market MTR Stn. Euro Go Go Cafe. She will rendez vous with Kate at TPK at 10 am.
SUNDAY FEB 26: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail until we find the rough trail climbing steeply up onto the ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY DEC 2: SAI KUNG: TAI MUN SHAN 370M & ITS SOUTH EAST ARM
Take a bus to Pak Tam Au & descend to the small coastal village of Chuk King. Walk from the estuary upstream for a while and will climb a slope of Tai Mun Shan thru faith paths. The terrain might be rugged and bushy, but would be later rewarded with grand views of Tai Long Beach, Sharp Peak and a magnificent stream basin while standing at a saddle seldom touched by any groups. Continue to walk ups and downs on an undulating ridge of its SE arm to Sai Wan beach. If time permits, we shall stream trek part of the lower course of Kap Man Hang. Bring gloves and wear long pants. Ends up at the Sai Wan Pavilion for a mini bus to Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am at Sai Kung bus terminus near the shallow pool.
SUNDAY DEC 9: KOW KING SHAN (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll taxi to the trailhead at Fu Tai Sheung Tsuen. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan. We descend on the other side of the mountain finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Meeting Point: 10am at Siu Hong MTR Station, Exit F
SUNDAY DEC 16: VANISHED UPLAND VILLAGES OF S W TAI MO SHAN
We shall start from Chuen Lung where a mini-bus links it to Tsuen Wan MTR and walk under dense woods or tropical ferns on ancient trails winding up and down green hill slopes to stream valleys cutting contour lines. The most interesting spot will be the massive unused paddy fields at Pak Shek Kiu, with what seemed to be the remains of some ancient attempt to cultivate the highland. Other than agricultural, it appeared to be a mining village with back hills pitted with mining holes. We shall pass numerous vanished villages: Ngau Lui>Pak Shek Kiu>Sheung Fa Shan>Lin Fa Shan> Sheung Tong stream basin>Tsing Fai Tong> Tsing Lung Tau. We shall walk a lot of ups and downs, at times bushy on rugged slopes, on soft swampy fields, along rocky tumbling stream basins but shall be awarded with the peaceful & serene wilderness. No food nor water supply all the way. Ends up at Castle Peak Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23: NE LANTAU: DESTINATION SILVER MINE BAY
This is quite a long walk with many ups and downs. We shall start immediately from the toll collection plaza of the North Lantau Highway heading to the destination, passing many isolated hills and secluded valleys on misleading overgrown footpaths. There will be neither food nor water supplies but you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the DisneyLand, Discovery Bay, northern shore of the Hong Kong Island and the southern edges of Tuen Mun at high points. The route covers mostly non Govt managed paths, some exposed, without directory nor villages, at times steep & starts from Tsing Chau Tsai> up Tai Yan Teng 186M>down Ngong Shuen Au >up Tai Shan291M >down Sze Pak Au >up Lai Pik Shan 263M >down Sam Pak Au >up Tai Che Tung 302M >down Yi Pak Au >up Lau Fa Tung 378M >up Lo Fu Tau (Tiger's Head) 465M> along the ridges 400M >Mong To Au >Discovery Golf Course >up Wo Shueng Au >down Silver Mine cave >Silver Mine Bay pier. Bring gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:45 at the Lantau Toll Plaza bus stop of the North Lantau Highway. All buses heading to the Airport will pass this bus stop. You should prepare to get off after your bus passed the Ching Ma Bridge. (Ensure you don`t miss this bus stop otherwise you would end up at Tung Chung. If you are in doubt, please contact the leader.)
TUESDAY JANUARY 1, 2013: LIN FA SHAN (NEAR LANTAU STAGE 2)
From Tung Chung we'll walk up the Wong Lung Hang Road and then try a new route (probably brushy at first) climbing steeply up to Pok To Yan. We'll follow the dramatic ridgetops over to Lin Fa Shan, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Then we'll descend the many steps (easier than gravel) of the Lantau Trail and take the back route through the woods all the way to Mui Wo. Dinner in Mui Wo on the waterfront. This is one of my favorite hikes.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUNDAY JANUARY 6: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views. Some rough bits. Many hills. We shall start from Bride's Pool Bus Terminus >Bride's Pool>Ma Tau Fung Hill300M>Cheuk Ma Tau Hill>Unknown hill 313M>Wang Leng Au309M>Tai Tung>Mt.Newland304M>Shek Nga Tau Hill>Luk Wu Tung Hill>Ngor Kau Yeng>Fu Tau Sha>Cheung Pai Tun>Tung Tau Chau> Harbour Island> Plover Cove main dam. Paths might be steep and gravelly at times. Great views of the Plover Cove Reservoir, Tolo Channel and Ma On Shan. No food, water nor villages. Bring gloves. Duration: 5-6 hours. Good Thai food at the end of the hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUNDAY JANUARY 13: SUNSET PEAK ANOTHER WAY
We'll start walking from Tung Chung climbing the steep steps of the Wong Lung Country Park Trail to join the Lantau Trail which will take us to Sunset Peak. After lunch on the top we'll stay on the Lantau Trail to the junction with the South Lantau Country Park Trail which will take us along the contour on the mid slopes of Sunset Peak. A small trail downhill will take us with a few more twists and turns to Cheung Sha Beach and yes, dinner at the Stoep. This will be a long day with a delicious reward.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung MTR Exit A
SUNDAY JANUARY 20: GHOST VILLAGES IN NE PART OF HONG KONG
Several villages along the coast of the NE HK lost their inhabitants due to their remoteness. Still remaining are empty village houses, fung shui woodlands, fishing ponds, mangrove swamps, cultivated fields, abandoned school houses setting in the tranquility of the fertile valleys in the countryside along Starling Inlet. We shall start from Luk Keng, following the coastal line passing from coves to coves covering Au Kung Au, Kung Shue Au, Au Tsai and So Lo Pun, the largest ghost villages now sadly closed to the public. Numerous ghost stories are associated with So Lo Pun, the village name actually means a compass will be automatically locked within the mysterious village. We might have a good view of Robinson Island and Crooked Harbour along the hill paths under clear weather. Expect to encounter brush, climb a couple of steep but small hills back to Wu Kau Tang, and meet a ghost if you are lucky. The trip ends up in Tai Po.


Meeting Point: 9:30am in front of Maxim Restaurant in the Fanling MTR Station
SUNDAY JANUARY 27: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail until we find the rough trail climbing steeply up onto the ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak.You have to use your hands for climbing in some sections. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3: BIRDWATCHING AND NEEDLE HILL
This hike will start at the bottom of the big hill at the entrance to Tai Po Kau Forest Reserve at 7:30 am. In the winter many migratory birds come to HK for a rest and can be seen in larger numbers in the forest because trees have shed some leaves. The early start will make it easier to see birds, who invented the expression, "The early bird gets the worm!" ;-) We will slowly walk up the hill and part way along the Blue/Red trail in search of birds. We may also check the area near the Ranger Station which often attracts colourful sunbirds because of its large flowering bushes. After birding for two hours, the hike will be led by Angela who will take the group up the Brown/Yellow Trail to Needle Hill. Please bring binoculars if you have them. The leader will share her own.


Meeting Point: 10am at the entrance to Tai Po Kau Forest Reserve
For birdwatching: 7am at Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUNDAY FEB. 17: FAN LAU FORT, LANTAU ISLAND
We will take Bus 11 to Tai O, where we will follow a trail we have done the other way in the past. This time we'll proceed to Shek Pik along the Western Coast of Lantau and make a 30 minute detour to the Qing era fort at Fan Lau. After exploring we will return to the main trail to Shek Pik Reservoir. Along the coast the trail winds through woods, abandoned villages, old farmland and empty beaches. Fan Lau Tsuen is a ghost village at the mid-point that was once home to 200 people. At the end we will catch a bus to the Stoep restaurant for dinner on Cheung Sha Beach. Anyone wishing to leave at that point can easily get a bus back to Tung Chung and the MTR. Estimated time 5 hours or 20 km.


Meeting Point: Tung Chung MTR, Exit B, 10 am.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10: SHARP PEAK FOR CNY (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. If daylight allows, we'll stop for second lunch at Ham Tim. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. If you haven't hiked with us before, you'll have to take a 'descending test' before you can climb with us. If you're not confident on the slippery downhill sections, you can skip the peak and go down to the beaches directly.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 92 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUNDAY FEB. 24: EAST ISLAND HIKE
Hing Tung Estate, Service Reservoir, Hong Pak Country Trail, Mt. Parker Rd., Tai Fung Au (Quarry Gap), Pat Na Shan (Mount Butler), Siu Ma Shan, Wilson Trail Section 2, Nam Fung Sun Chuen, Tai Koo Around 3 hours


Meeting Point: 11AM Sai Wan Ho MTR station 7-11
SUNDAY DEC 1: ROOSTER RIDGE (KAI KUNG LENG) HIKE
We`ll take a bus to our starting point in Kiu Tau and will start heading up the hill right away. The first uphill is reasonably steep and continues upward all the way to a level of about 570 meters. We`ll take our time on the uphill and once we get to the top, the trail will take us mostly downwards (with a few smaller ups here and there). The hike will feature very nice scenery over and around the fully exposed mountain range. If the weather is decent, we`ll get good views of Shenzhen, Pat Heung valley, Yuen Long and, in general, the northern New Territories. Before finishing in Kam Tin village, we can also stop to see some of the old Tang Ancestral Halls and other old Chinese style buildings. This hike is suitable for all levels of hikers but be prepared for some gravel and loose soil on some of the downhill parts. Please also make sure you bring enough water with you as the weather is still pretty warm lately.


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Kam Sheung Road MTR (Exit C) Walking Time: 4-5 hours
SUNDAY DEC 8: HIKE 2 -- BLUFF HEAD COASTAL TREK
At 9:00 we shall take bus 94 to Wong Shek Pier. From there, we ride a speedboat across the Tolo Channel to Bluff Head (Wong Chuk Kok Tsui). Fast trekkers with good climbing skills can disembark near the Devil's Fist, an interesting rock formation, and walk north and then west along the coast of Wong Chuk Kok Hoi. Slower trekkers can remain in the boat until Shek Tsai Wan, which lies 1.5 km further along the coast. This coastline is famous for its beautiful red sedimentary rocks. However, the journey is long and challenging and our route is very isolated, with no exit until the end and no mobile phone signal. Everyone will need to use their hands frequently to scramble over rocks, some of which are sharp (bring gloves). Those in the fast group may also need to jump across some narrow sea channels. After trekking along the coast for 6 km (fast group) or 4.5 km (slow group) to Hung Shek Mun, we turn inland and hike another 8 km on a small trail via Ma Niu Shui and Ha Miu Tin, finishing at Bride's Pool bus stop. With the division into fast and slow groups we should be able to get there before dark, but please bring a flashlight in case of delay. The boat ride costs $60 or more per person (to be confirmed later), depending on the number of passengers. Space on the boat is limited, so please contact the hike leaders by email to reserve your place. Reservations are given on a first-come first-served basis.


Meeting Point: 8:40am at Sai Kung bus stop
SUNDAY DEC 15: VANISHED UPLAND VILLAGES OF S W TAI MO SHAN
We shall start from Chuen Lung where a mini-bus links it to Tsuen Wan MTR and walk under dense woods or tropical ferns on ancient trails winding up and down green hill slopes to stream valleys cutting contour lines. The most interesting spot will be the massive unused paddy fields at Pak Shek Kiu, with what seemed to be the remains of some ancient attempt to cultivate the highland. Other than agricultural, it appeared to be a mining village with back hills pitted with mining holes. We shall pass numerous vanished villages: Ngau Lui>Pak Shek Kiu>Sheung Fa Shan>Lin Fa Shan> Sheung Tong stream basin>Tsing Fai Tong> Tsing Lung Tau. We shall walk a lot of ups and downs, at times bushy on rugged slopes, on soft swampy fields, along rocky tumbling stream basins but shall be awarded with the peaceful & serene wilderness. Ends up at Castle Peak Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR
SUNDAY DEC 22: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We will walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. If daylight allows, we'll stop for second lunch at Ham Tim. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. If you haven't hiked with us before, you'll have to take a 'descending test' before you can climb with us. If you're not confident on the slippery downhill sections, you can skip the peak and go down to the beaches directly.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 29: PAT SIN LENG RIDGE WALK
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions (air quality permitting). The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk..


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station Exit A3
WED. JAN. 1ST, 2014: THE HUNCHBACKS THE OTHER WAY
Walking from the Ma On Shan Station, we'll choose from a selection of trails that make their way up to The Hunchbacks and Ma On Shan. The uphill climb is steep: 2 hands will be necessary and it may be a bit brushy. Once we've basked in the views from the peak, we'll take it easy on the Maclehose trail before choosing another route back down towards Shatin.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Ma On Shan MTR Station, Exit B
SUNDAY JAN 5, 2014: LONG KE WAN EXPLORATION
Get an early start to the new year! We'll be exploring trails in the vicinity of Long Ke Wan, especially to Tsang Pang Kok overlooking Conic Island. We'll start walking on the trail to Sai Wan, turn right on the Maclehose Trail climbing up to Wan Shan and then looking for the rough trails heading out to the Tsang Pang peninsula. We'll try to visit Long Ke following the shoreline. Most likely we'll end at the High Island East Dam. It's likely to be brushy so long pants are strongly recommended and long sleeves and gloves may be a good idea. There will be plenty of hills, some scrambling and certainly sea viewing.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am *Note early start time* at the 29R bus stop in front of MacDonald's on Chan Man Street, Sai Kung. The bus leaves at 9:15am. Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead near the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road.
SUNDAY JAN 12: TIN SHUI WAI/HA TSUEN RIDGES TO LEUNG KING PASS, TUEN MUN
We shall first visit Ha Tsuen, an ancient walled village and then the Chinese temple Lin To Monastery hidden deep inside Ha Tsuen valley. The climb will start after the temple and we shall ramble along the ridge-line southwards in the former shelling ground going through all hilltops between Yuen Tau Shan (375m) and the highest point at 394 m. The badly-eroded gravel slopes are at times steep, bare, loose, & at times associated with gullies and ravines. Bring a hiking pole and pair of gloves and prepare for many many ups and downs. Under clear weather, we will have a chance to glance at the Western Corridor connecting HK to Shenzhen Port. We shall end up at the Leung King Shopping Mall LRT in Tuen Mun.


Meeting Point: 9:55 am at Tin Shui Wai MTR station Exit A Walking Time: 6 hours
SUN JAN 19, 2014: TWO BUFFALOS
Starting from Gilwell Campsite, we`ll walk along the Maclehose Trail for a while, and then we`ll turn to climb the West Buffalo Hill (604 M) and Buffalo Hill (606 M). You may expect to see some nice scenery on the hill top provided that the weather turns out fine. There`re also some funny big rocks along the way. After reaching the Buffalo Hill, we`ll then turn left and descend to Nui Po Au, from there we`ll climb the Nui Po Shan (399 M), on which we may take a break to enjoy the nice scenery. We`ll then descend back to Nui Po Au and go back to town through Mui Tsz Lam. Expect some ups and downs and mostly rough trails, although nothing too rubbly or brushy. Bring along your hiking stick as you might need it going downhill. Besides, please bring enough water and food.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Choi Hung MTR station, Exit A, in front of the Circle K.
SUNDAY JAN 26: CLEARWATER BAY PENINSULA/HIGH JUNK PEAK/TAI LENG TUN-LUNG HA WAN TRAIL
We shall take a Clearwater Bay bus 91 riding to Sheung Yeung Village and immediately start the walk along the ridge trail to the top of the sharp High Junk Peak (344m) with grand views of Clearwater Bay on the left and Tseung Kwan O on the right. We shall then descend to Tai O Mun and continue to explore the Tai Leng Tun-Lung Ha Wan trails in the Eastern part of Clearwater Bay Country Park. Lot of spectacular sea views if the day is clear. Bring a pair of gloves and water. We shall end up at the Lung Ha Wan /Clearwater bay road bus stop.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Choi Hung MTR Exit C
MONDAY FEB 3, 2014: SAI KUNG NORTH EXPLORATION
From Wong Shek Pier we'll see if we can find Sze Tei to bag a new (very small) peak. From there we'll head across the Hoi Ha Road and follow the long ridge top to Shek Uk Shan, the biggest climb of the day. Next we'll head down Jacobs Ladder and hopefully find some tau fu fa in Yung Shue or thereabouts. We'll walk on the road along the shoreline to catch a bus on the Sai Sha Road.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUNDAY FEB 9: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views and lots of ups and downs as we circumnavigate the Plover Cove Reservoir. There are some rough bits. We'll take a taxi to Wu Kau Tang (near Bride's Pool) and finish at the main dam (the damn dam) at Tai Mei Tuk. Good Thai food at the end of the hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at 9:30am Tai Po Market Train Station
SUNDAY FEB 16: LIN FA SHAN
From Tung Chung we'll walk up the Wong Lung Hang Road and then try a new route (probably brushy at first) climbing steeply up to Pok To Yan. We'll follow the dramatic ridgetops over to Lin Fa Shan, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Then we'll descend the many steps (easier than gravel) of the Lantau Trail and take the back route through the woods all the way to Mui Wo. Dinner in Mui Wo on the waterfront.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUNDAY FEB 23: YUEN TSUEN TRAIL TO SHAM TSENG
The Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, as the name suggests, connects Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan. We will the first part of it and then divert to Sham Tseng which is famous for its roasted goose. The walk will take about 4 hours on proper trails with a long climb at the beginning.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tseun Wan MTR station near Exit C
SUN DEC 7, 2014: NG TUNG WATERFALLS & MACLEHOSE 8
We'll take bus 64K from Tai Po Market station and leave at Ng Tung Chai bus stop. Then go up to Ng Tung Chai village and arrive at the Lower Ng Tung Falls, the Middle Ng Tung Falls and the Long Falls, then continue to go up to the Straggling Hair Falls. Please note that there may be some rugged & faintly detected trail here. Afterwards, we'll climb up to MacLehose Trail section 8 and turn east. We'll walk via Lead Mine Pass and Grassy Hill along section 7, then leave the main trail to descend to Sha Tin.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Tai Po Market MTR Exit B by Starbucks Walking Time: 6 hours minimum (not including lunch)
SUN DEC 14, 2014: WONG LENG AND PAT SIN LENG WITH OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO LUK KENG
We'll take bus 75K towards Tai Mei Tuk alighting at Shuen Wan where we'll have a short, flat warm-up walk across some fields and small roads to Tung Tsz passing by the imposing goddess statue. After a little searching, we'll find the trail up the ridge to Wong Leng. It may be brushy at first but will open out on the ridgetops. At Wong Leng we'll turn right and go up and down the 8 peaks of Pat Sin Leng. Those who are tired already can take the PSL Nature Trail to Tai Mei Tuk and buses. Those keen to complete Stage 10 of the Wilson Trail will continue on the pretty, undulating forest trail for another 2-3 hours to Luk Keng.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Po MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN DEC 21, 2014: CHRISTMAS WALK AND PICNIC
We will catch the bus/taxi to end of Mac 2 and walk towards Tai Long Wan beach along Mac 2 (the first part maybe a bit boring for those who have been on it many times, but I promise you it gets better) until we come to the beach, and then we head out onto the peninsula. The last time I did this walk which was ages ago, we had sunny blue skies and it was brilliant having a picnic lunch out at the head. Hope for the same again. Then it's back to Maclehose and then it's up to us. Last time, we came back past Sai Wan beach. It made it quite a long walk and we did finish in the dark, but as it is along well paved path, no worries & finished at pavilion and caught a cab back to Sai Kung, or alternatively go back the way we came in. All depends how much time and walking you want to do. We finished up with a very nice meal in Sai Kung - it ended up being a full day out.


Meeting Point: Meeting time and place: 10am at fountain area by main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN DEC 28, 2014: SAI KUNG NORTH EXPLORATION
From Wong Shek Pier we'll see if we can find Sze Tei to bag a new (very small) peak. From there we'll head across the Hoi Ha Road and follow the long ridge top to Shek Uk Shan, the biggest climb of the day. Next we'll head down Jacobs Ladder and hopefully find some tau fu fa in Yung Shue or thereabouts. We'll walk on the road along the shoreline to catch a bus on the Sai Sha Road.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
THURSDAY JAN 1, 2015: SHARP PEAK AND KO LAU WAN
We will walk the usual way from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak. After the long steep climb, we will take in the view from the top (or huddle in the rain, if the weather insists). As a change from the usual, we will then explore the nearby peninsula ending in Ko Lau Wan for a late afternoon ferry back to either Wong Shek Pier or Ma Liu Shui. We'll visit Nam She, Wong Mau Kok and Lam Uk along the way. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. New hikers will be required to demonstrate their descending ability before climbing with the group.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:40 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUN JAN 4, 2015: WEST DOG TEETH, NGONG PING AND CABLE CAR DONKEY TRAIL
If you are not afraid of heights, please join this famed and exhilarating hike on Lantau Island. After arriving in Mui Wo by ferry, we will take a bus and get off just before the Shek Pik Reservoir. Then we walk along the Shek Pik Country Trail before turning right to enter the western trail of Kau Nga Ling, or the "dog teeth range". You will need to use hands to climb this steep and exposed section, so you might want to bring gloves. We will be rewarded with a great sense of excitement and spectacular views! Then we will go through the outskirts of Ngong Ping and move to Nei Lak Shan Country Trail, before coming down the mountain on the cable car donkey trail. The day's adventure ends in Tung Chung.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN JAN 11, 2015: SAI LAU KONG FISHING VILLAGE AND PENINSULA, EXTREME NE OF NT
This hike will take us to a small and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong at the extreme NE part of NT. We`ll take a taxi or minibus from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang to begin the hike. We`ll follow the path along the stream valley passing villages of Kau Kam Tsui, Mui Tin, Sam A Chung delta and finally to the village of Sam A Tsuen. Then we`ll continue further on small, little walked & sometime bushy trails passing Ngua Shi Wu until we reach Sai Lau Kong. Then we`ll just walk back along the rocky shoreline south of the peninsula. When going back to Wu Kau Tang, we`ll take another hill trail up in the upper valley passing Lai Tau Shek village. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end! Please bring enough food, a pair of gloves & water.


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUNDAY JAN 25, 2015: LONG KE WAN EXPLORATION
We'll start walking on the trail to Sai Wan, turn right on the Maclehose Trail climbing up to Wan Shan and then looking for the rough trails heading out to the Tsang Pang peninsula. This time we'll definitely visit the highest point, plus view Conic Island. We'll follow the shoreline to Long Ke and end at the High Island East Dam. It's likely to be brushy so long pants are recommended and long sleeves and gloves may be a good idea.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am *Note early start time* at the 29R bus stop in front of MacDonald's on Chan Man Street, Sai Kung. The bus leaves at 9:15am. Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead near the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road.
SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY: NE LANTAU: DESTINATION SILVER MINE BAY
We shall start our walk from the toll collection plaza of the North Lantau Highway heading to our destination of Silver Mine Bay, near Mui Wo ferry pier. Depending on the weather you should be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views which include Hong Kong Disneyland and Discovery Bay. The route covers mostly non Govt managed paths and some of these paths may be overgrown and/or brushy. Please bring gloves and plenty of water as this is a long hike. Depending on the time, we may grab a beer and/or some food before heading back to Central on the ferry.


Meeting Point: 9:45am at the Lantau Toll Plaza bus stop of the North Lantau Highway. All buses heading to the Airport will pass this bus stop. You should prepare to get off after your bus enters the Tsing Ma Bridge.
SUN FEB 8TH, 2015: TUNG CHUNG CIRCULAR
This hike starts and ends in Tung Chung. The hike starts along the Cheung Tung Road as we walk for a few mins to find the start of the trail to take us up to Por Kai Shan at 482m. This start is very rubbly at times and also a little brushy, so a stick and/or gloves are recommended if you use them. We`ll follow the ridge to Lin Fa Shan for lunch before heading back to Tung Chung via the Wong Lung Hang Country Trail. This trail has a few steep parts, so again, bring your stick if you use one to help with the downhill. Alternative routes are available via Mui Wo and Sunset Peak if you prefer. If time permits we`ll grab a bit to eat and a drink in Tung Chung before heading back.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Tung Chung MTR Exit D
SUN FEB 15TH, 2015: CASTLE PEAK STREAM BASINS AND RAVINE ADVENTURES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the bottom it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under bright skylight. To visit it, we shall first stream trek the Pillar Point Creek rich with pitcher plants, orchards, camellia, then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo. Finally we shall end up in Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and wear long pants.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station (There are direct buses from Central and TST.)
THURSDAY FEB 19: KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!
We will catch the bus/taxi to end of Mac 2 and walk towards Tai Long Wan beach. We'll explore the whole of Tai Long Tsui. Then it's back to the Maclehose and we'll choose our way back to the road, either a few more beaches, or via Wong Shek Pier.


Meeting Point: 9:00am at fountain area by main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUNDAY FEB 22: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views. Some rough bits. We'll take the bus to Tai Mei Tuk and start walking across the dam. Finish at Wu Kau Tang.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN DEC 6, 2015: TUNG CHUNG TO MUI WO
We will hike from Tung Chung along the sea front to the Olympic trail and up and over green and lovely hills with views of the mountains, past Pak Mong village and the ginger lily fields into Mui Wo. Lunch is available in Mui Wo by the sea at the Wa Ki restaurant in the cooked food market, five minutes from the the ferry terminal. Buses and ferries are available to take hikers back to the MTR at Tung Chung, or into Central. The hike should take approximately three hours. There are some steep climbs but nothing extreme.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung station, Exit B
SUN DEC 13, 2015: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR PANORAMIC VIEW, ECOLOGICAL GARDEN AND MULTIPLE WOOD WALKS
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path closed to the main dam of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The initial climb is to top the unknown hill at 344M, with great sea view of north Lantau island and over-seeing the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir dotted with islands .We shall descend steeply to the Tai Lam natural trail and visit the Tai Lam Chung Ecological Garden. Along the so-called pipe lines trails inside the woods, we shall visit/by-pass: Yuen Tun ancient village->Tsing Fai tong->Shek Lung Kung 474M and finally to Tsuen Wan West. Some bushy paths and many ups and downs. Bring a pair of gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the Tuen Mun Road bus Interchange (TUEN MUN bound) bus stop. Buses from HK or Kowloon 258D, 259D, 263, 52X, 57M, 58M, 58P, 59M, 59X, 60M, 60X, 61M, 61X, 63X, 66M, 66X, 67M, 67X, 68A, 960, 960A, 960B, 961 towards Tuen Mun along Tuen Mun Expressway will stop there. Ensure you check with the KMB site for the exact bus.( a magnificant sea view AT this bus stop).
SUN DEC 20, 2015: CLEARWATER BAY PENINSULA/HIGH JUNK PEAK/TAI LENG TUN-LUNG HA WAN TRAIL
We shall take a Clearwater Bay bus 91 riding to Sheung Yeung Village and immediately start the walk along the ridge trail to the top of the sharp High Junk Peak (344m) with grand views of Clearwater Bay on the left and Tseung Kwan O on the right. We shall then descend to Tai O Mun and continue to explore the Tai Leng Tun-Lung Ha Wan trails in the Eastern part of Clearwater Bay Country Park. Lot of spectacular sea views if the day is clear. Bring a pair of gloves and water. We shall end up at the Lung Ha Wan /Clearwater bay road bus stop.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Choi Hung MTR Exit C
SUN DEC 27, 2015: RAZOR BACK (TAI TO YAN)
We'll take the bus 64K to pretty Lam Tsuen valley and start hiking up an old closed road up to the ridge. Then we'll turn left and continue climbing up the ridge. We will be exploring a few potentially brushy trails that descend on the east side of the ridge, hoping to find a new route down. Anyone not interested in the exploration can continue on the main trail to the end. The hike finishes near Kadoorie Farm. We could go and visit the animals there if we have time. Otherwise the bus will take us back to Tai Po, or west to Pat Heung and the West Rail.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN JAN 3, 2016: HO CHUNG TO SHA TIN VIA THE BUFFALOES
We`ll take mini bus 101M to Ho Chung and alight at Marina Cove Shopping Centre. From there we`ll walk along the Ho Chung Road to find a trail to take us to the Mac 4. Note that this path is short, but brushy, so long pants and gloves are recommended. From the Mac 4 we`ll join the Buffaloes. West Buffalo Hill - (604 M) and Buffalo Hill (606 M). Both offer fantastic scenery. We'll descend back to Nui Po Au and go back to town through Mui Tsz Lam where there are buses to Sha Tin Town Centre, Diamond Hill and other destinations. Note that some of the descents are steep and quite gravelly, so you are advised to bring a stick and gloves if you prefer to use them as well as shoes suitable for this kind of terrain. Depending on the weather the paths may also be slippery, so be prepared. This can be a difficult hike and it`s also quite long.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Hang Hau MTR station, exit B1.
SUN JAN 10, 2016: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG`S TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail until we find the rough trail climbing steeply up onto the ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. You have to use your hands for climbing in some sections. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, JAN 17 2016: LIN MA HANG CAVES EXPLORATION, CLOSE TO HK-CHINA BORDER
We shall take bus 78K to Ha Tam Shui Hang, close to the Sha Tau Kok HK-China border crossing check point, From there, we shall walk along the border road called "Lin Ma Hang Road" up to the pass called Pak Kung Au and finally to San Kwai Tin, This part of the journey is quite exposed. We shall then search the paths up to the lead mines and related caves which dated back to 1850 and stopped operation in 1958. Inside the caves tunnels are completely dark. Please bring head-lights or torches and be prepared to move with one group, The return journey will be an up-slope climb to the top of Robin Nest, standing at 492m . Then we shall descend with the pave military road to Sha Tau Kok Road, Bring enough water, gloves,your IDs and be prepared for some brushy parts, As there might be some vertical wells inside the dark caves hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fan Ling MTR exit opposite to the Maxim shop.
SUN JAN 24, 2016: TAI LONG TSUI PENINSULA
We will catch the bus/taxi to end of Mac 2 and walk towards Tai Long Wan beach. We'll explore the whole of Tai Long Tsui. Then it's back to the Maclehose and we'll choose our way back to the road, either a few more beaches, or via Wong Shek Pier.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at fountain area by main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN JAN 31, 2016: PAT SIN LENG
We'll take minibus to Hok Tau Reservoir and after a warm-up stroll up the road we start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions (air quality permitting). The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station near the Maxim's Restaurant
WEDNESDAY, FEB 10 2016: SHARP PEAK
High Island Reservoir~Maclehose Trail Stage 1~Long Kei Wan~Sai Wan Shan~Sai Wan Beach~Ham Tin Wan~Maclehose Trail Stage 2~Sharp Peak~Pak Tam Au.

We will share taxis to the High Island Reservoir. We start hiking from High Island Reservoir, followed by Maclehose Trail Stage 1 and then down to Long Ke Wan. Continue walking until Maclehose Stage 2 then climb up to Sharp Peak. Will walk back to Maclehose Stage 2 until we get to Pak Tam Au. The hike will finish at Pak Tam Au.


Meeting Point: 9:30 AM, Sai Kung Pier
SUN, FEB 14 2016: ROCK RIVER
After our bus ride to Shui Hau, we'll walk up to the Lantau Trail and start walking on the water catchment towards Shek Pik until we find the turn-off for Rock River. Our route climbs between two of the Dog Teeth. We'll encounter some brushy areas and short cliffs. Towards the top we will walk over tippy boulders taking care not to let them topple over onto hikers below. At the top of the Rock River, we'll join the Dog Tooth route and continue on to Lantau Peak, finishing at the Tung Chung Road. Please wear long pants, long sleeves and maybe gloves to protect yourself.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station
SUN, FEB 21 2016: BORDER WALK FROM SHUENG SHUI, THE CREST TO LO WU TO LOK MA CHAU
The walk is mostly on flat ground except up to the Crest (183m) and the ridge paths at the end to Lok Ma Chau. Great views into China. You will also meet birds, fish ponds, border fences, military observation posts in the former restricted border areas and Long Yuen wet grounds. Most of the walk is unshaded. The route: from Sheung Shui MTR>along Sheung Shek River>Ng Tung River>up Tai Shek Mo>down Tak Yue Lau opposite the Lo Wu Bridge>border road>up the isolated hill at Seng Ma Lei Yu>along the fence road>Ta Sha Lok fish ponds>Ping Hang border road>up the ridge to spot height 134m> down to Pun Uk Tsuen>Chau Tau >Lok Ma Chau bus stop. Please bring gloves and enough water.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit A of Sheung Shui MTR station
SUN, FEB 28 2016: CONIC ISLAND VIEWING
Starting at the pavillion on the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road, we'll join the Maclehose Stage 2 and walk towards Long Ke Wan until we reach the route to Tsang Pang Kok. We'll follow the rough trails heading out over the Tsang Pang peninsula and eventually overlooking Conic Island. Later we'll visit Long Ke following the shoreline ending at the High Island East Dam. It's likely to be brushy so long pants are recommended and long sleeves and gloves may be a good idea. There will a few hills, some scrambling, possible back-tracking and certainly sea viewing.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am *Note early start time* at the 29R bus stop in front of MacDonald's on Chan Man Street, Sai Kung. The bus leaves at 9:15am. Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead near the end of the Sai Kung Sai Wan Road.
SUN, DEC 4, 2016: SOUTH HEAVEN GATE (LANTAU ISLAND)
We'll take a bus to Ngong Ping. We'll then take the following route:

Ngong Ping -> Wisdom Path -> Tsam Chai Au -> The Bird Rock -> Twin Mouses Path -> King Tin Gorge -> Skylight Gorge -> Nam Cha Path -> South Heaven Gate -> Pak Kung Au.

The South Heaven Gate lies at the south of Lantau Peak at an altitude of 700m with unique rocks and gorges. The trail is very rugged and steep. It requires you to clamber. This hike is ONLY SUITABLE for experienced hikers. Please bring gloves and hiking stick with you. The hike will last for the whole day, and hence please carry enough food and water.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station
SUN, DEC 11, 2016: PAK SHEK KIU EXPLORATION PART 5
We'll take a short taxi ride to the trailhead for the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail near Allway Gardens. We'll follow the main trail up the hill, but after passing Shek Lung Keng we'll turn right. From there our aim will be to get to Pak Shek Kiu (White Stone Bridge which is an old half-natural bridge over a stream) without walking on a road or the Maclehose Trail. The trails pass through an area with lots of gravesites and abandoned fields, so I expect we will take a few detours (accidentally). If we're still eager to hike on after Pak Shek Kiu, we'll take the less-travelled path via Ngau Liu back to Route Twisk. Long pants are recommended.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A at Tsuen Wan MTR
SATURDAY, DEC 17, 2017: CASTLE PEAK STREAM BASINS AND RAVINE ADVENTURES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the bottom it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under bright skylight. To visit it, we shall first stream trek the Pillar Point Creek rich with pitcher plants, orchards, camellia, then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo. Finally we shall end up in Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and wear long pants.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station (There are direct buses from Central and TST.)


Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN, DEC 18, 2016: Christmas Hike & Picnic Lunch
Difficulty Level: Moderate but fairly long

Things to Bring: Something to share for the Xmas lunch out on the peninsula (towards Tai Long Tsui, Sai Kung) & head torch just in case (if you have one), but plan not to be on hike once dark, plenty of water & Christmas cheer.

We will catch the bus/taxi to end of Mac 2 and walk towards Tai Long Wan beach along Mac 2 (the first part maybe a bit boring for those who have been on it many times, but I promise you it gets better) until we come to the beach, and then we head out onto the peninsula. The last time I did this walk which was ages ago, we had sunny blue skies and it was brilliant having a picnic lunch out at the head. It really is lovely out on the peninsula. Hope for the same again. Then it's back to Maclehose and then it's up to us. Last time, we came back past Sai Wan beach. It made it quite a long walk and we did finish in the dark, but as it is along well paved path, no worries & finished at pavilion and caught a cab back to Sai Kung, or alternatively go back the way we came in. All depends how much time and walking you want to do. We finished up with a very nice meal in Sai Kung - it ended up being a full day out.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at fountain area by main bus terminal in Sai Kung


Please let me know if you can make it and what food items you may be bringing. Thank you.
SUN, DEC 25, 2016: THE DRAGON`S BACK & SHEK O
If you have no plans Christmas Day morning, let`s do Dragon`s Back on stage 8 of the Hong Kong Trail. We`ll take bus no.9 to the start of the trail at To Tei Wan and then follow the trail to the end at Tai Long Wan & Big Wave Bay. From there we`ll walk to Shek-O for the transport options back. On a clear day this is a beautifully scenic walk and an ideal way to start your Christmas. Merry Christmas from everyone at Roz`s Hiking Group!


Meeting Point: 10am Shau Kei Wan MTR Station, Exit A2
SUN, JAN 1, 2017: BORDER WALK FROM SHUENG SHUI, THE CREST TO LO WU TO LOK MA CHAU
The walk is mostly on flat ground except up to the Crest (183m) and the ridge paths at the end to Lok Ma Chau. Great views into China. You will also meet birds, fish ponds, border fences, military observation posts in the former restricted border areas and Long Yuen wet grounds. Most of the walk is unshaded. The route: from Sheung Shui MRT>along Sheung Shek River>Ng Tung River>up Tai Shek Mo>down Tak Yue Lau opposite the Lo Wu Bridge>border road>up the isolated hill at Seng Ma Lei Yu>along the fence road>Ta Sha Lok fish ponds>Ping Hang border road>up the ridge to spot height 134m> down to Pun Uk Tsuen>Chau Tau >Lok Ma Chau bus stop. Please bring gloves and enough water.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit A of Sheung Shui MTR station
SATURDAY, JAN 7, 2017: LIN MA HANG CAVES EXPLORATION, CLOSE TO HK-CHINA BORDER
We shall take bus 78K to Ha Tam Shui Hang, close to the Sha Tau Kok HK-China border crossing check point, From there, we shall walk along the border road called "Lin Ma Hang Road" up to the pass called Pak Kung Au and finally to San Kwai Tin, This part of the journey is quite exposed. We shall then search the paths up to the lead mines and related caves which dated back to 1850 and stopped operation in 1958.

Inside the caves tunnels are completely dark. Please bring head-lights or torches and be prepared to move with one group, The return journey will be an up-slope climb to the top of Robin Nest, standing at 492m . Then we shall descend with the pave military road to Sha Tau Kok Road, Bring enough water, gloves,your IDs and be prepared for some brushy parts, As there might be some vertical wells inside the dark caves hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fan Ling MTR exit opposite to the Maxim shop.


Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN, JAN 8, 2017: HIGH ISLAND SPECIAL AREA EXPLORATION
We will taxi to the start of the High Island East Dam at the end of the Mac 1. From there we`ll explore the geopark area around High Island, which includes the Mok Min Cave and many spectacular rock formations. The coastal scenery is beautiful on a clear day. We`ll take a pitstop on Pak Lap Wan beach for refreshments before finishing at Sha Kiu Tau, where we should be able to get a speedboat back to Sai Kung.

If you prefer to keep walking, you can return to the Mac 1. The climbing on this one isn`t too bad, but there are some areas a little brushy and care must be taken when exploring the coastal rocks.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the taxi stand near the main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN, JAN 15, 2017: KOW KING SHAN (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll walk from the MTR station to the start. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan (lots of steps here). We descend on the other side of the mountain off the helipad and off the beaten trail finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Grade: Moderate (though steps are strenuous)

Meeting Point: 9:30am at Siu Hong MTR Station, Exit F (West rail about 50 mins from Central)
SUN, JAN 22, 2017: POTTINGER PEAK & CAPE COLLINSON
From the MTR station, walk towards Hing Wah Estate and then up Wan Tsui Road looking for a Chinese temple beside a small stream on the left. Follow your noses up this little valley, past the Muslim Cemetery and then up the road past the crematorium. Keep going up to Shek O Road, turn left and we'll soon see the steep flight of steps which connects to the Hong Kong Trail. We'll follow the Hong Kong Trail down to Big Wave Bay, than back up on an alternate route, circling around to bag Pottinger Peak and later descending into Sai Wan, not missing the extra jaunt to the point of Cape Collinson.


Meeting Point: 10:00am Chai Wan MTR Station, Exit B
SUN, JAN 29, 2017: LING WUI SHAN AND KEUNG SHAN, LANTAU ISLAND
We'll take the bus from Mui Wo to Shek Pik Reservoir and start hiking from there. We'll climb Ling Wui Shan and Keung Shan and skirt the summit of Kwun Yam Shan, all on beautiful open trails. The hike finishes at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road, where we can catch buses to Tung Chung or Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, FEB 5, 2017: THE HUNCHBACKS THE OTHER WAY
Walking from the Ma On Shan Station, we'll choose from a selection of trails that make their way up to The Hunchbacks and Ma On Shan. The uphill climb is steep: 2 hands will be necessary and it may be a bit brushy. Once we've basked in the views from the peak, we'll take it easy on the Maclehose Trail before choosing another route back down towards Shatin.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Ma On Shan MTR Station, Exit B
SATURDAY, FEB 11, 2017: TIGER ROAR ROCK RIVER, WEST DOG TEETH RIDGE & HELL JUDGE FACE
After our bus ride to Shui Hau, we'll walk up to the Lantau Trail and start walking on the water catchment towards Shek Pik until we find the turn-off for Rock River. Our route climbs between two of the Dog Tooth. We'll encounter some brushy areas and short cliffs. Towards the top we will walk over tippy boulders taking care not to let them topple over onto hikers below. At the top of the Rock River, we'll join the West Dog Tooth route and continue on to Judge Hell Wall, finishing down to Tung Chung MTR (time permitting) . Please wear long pants, long sleeves and maybe gloves to protect yourself.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am at Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station


Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN, FEB 12, 2017: SHEK PIK TO TAI O (LANTAU STAGE 7 & 8)
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long and undulating following the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, FEB 19, 2017: TAI YUEN STREAM TREKKING TO TAI MO SHAN
We'll start from the Tsuen Wan MTR station passing the Ship Temple, Yuen Yuen Institute and then enter the Tai Yuan stream as far as we can (safely) go. Be prepared for lots of scrambling, boulders climbing and changes of plan if weather turns unfavorable. There is no need to get the body or feet wet. Most likely we will climb the whole stream up to the top of Tai Mo Shan or come back down a Country Trail. If it rains, we'll do another hike starting from the same location. Please bring a pair of gloves and enough food.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Tsuen Wan MTR station, Exit B.
SUN, FEB 26, 2017: TWO BUFFALOES
We`ll take a mini bus or bus from Choi Hung and alight at Marina Cove Shopping Centre close to Ho Chung Village. From there we`ll find a trail to take us to the Mac 4. From the Mac 4 we`ll join the Buffaloes. West Buffalo Hill - (604 M) and Buffalo Hill (606 M). Both offer fantastic scenery. We'll descend back to Nui Po Au and go back to town through Mui Tsz Lam where there are buses to Sha Tin Town Centre, Diamond Hill and other destinations. Note that some of the descents are steep and quite gravelly, so you are advised to bring a stick and gloves if you prefer to use them as well as shoes suitable for this kind of terrain. Depending on the weather the paths may also be slippery, so be prepared. This can be a difficult hike and it`s also quite long.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR station, Exit A, in front of the Circle K.
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