Mt. Hehuan West Peak Open
- Mt. Hehuan Service Station
- Trail Level
- Mountaineering Trail
- Permits Required
- Mountain Permit Required
- 3145 m
- The length of the trail
- 6700 m
- Needed Time
- 2 days (out-and-back)
- 1. Hikers need to obtain a Mountain Access Permit prior to hiking this trail. Mountain Access Permits can be obtained either online at least 5 days in advance of the hike (Chinese only) or in person at any day including the day of the hike, at either (i) the Mt. Hehuan Police Station (9th Division, the 7th Special Police Corps), or (ii) the Ren'ai Precinct (District) Police Station in Nantou County .
2. Mt. Hehuan North Peak is en route to Mt. Hehuan West Peak. However, please note that the hike from Xiaofengkou to Mt. Hehuan West Peak and back takes roughly two days. Please exercise caution.
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- Geographic Code
The trail entrance of Mt. Hehuan North Peak and Mt. Hehuan West Peak is located at the 37 km marker on Provincial Highway 14A (14Jia). Hikers can park at Xiaofengkou and walk from there to the trail entrance, which is easy recognizable from the information plaque. Following the ridgeline northwards, hikers can reach the Mt. Hehuan North Peak Triangulation Station in 1-1.5 hours. Further along the ridgeline towards the west, it takes a further 3 hours to reach the West Peak Triangulation Station. The first section of trail, from the trailhead to Mt. Hehuan North Peak, is steep. Rhododendrons flourish within this section and bloom between May to June every year. Trees are mostly absent, so adequate sun protection is needed in sunny weather. On the other hand, the Hehuan mountain range is particularly prone to thick fog in the afternoon. Because hikers often lose the trail near the summit of the mountain during such inclement weather, the best times to hike this trail is before noon or when the weather is good and stable.
Bus:No direct public bus can reach to Xiaofengkou.
From East Taiwan: From Hualien Train Station or Taroko National Park Headquarters take Hualien Bus #1141(only serviced once daily) to Lishan alight at Dayuling station. (arriving at 11:45 towards Lishan; arriving at 15:54 towards Hualien Train Station). Hualien Bus Phone Number: 03-8323485. http://www.hualienbus.com.tw/bus/userfiles/files/149999051787548.pdf
From Dayuling (at 41.7km) to the trailhead at 37km on Provincial Highway 14A(Jia) walking times requires about an hour and 30 minutes/4.7 km. Hitchhike is not uncommon.
Driving:The trailhead is located at the 37 km marker on Provincial Highway 14A (14甲).The trailhead can be reached from Taroko by taking first the Provincial Highway 8 westwards and then taking the left fork at Dayuling. The drive will take roughly 3 hours.