I had originally planned to hike the entire MacLehose trail last year with a friend. However, we only managed three of the ten sections and then stopped; preferring to hike on Hong Kong island instead.
Recently, when the weather was good, I kept thinking of continuing but again, usually just ended up doing my favourite hike instead.
When doing my list of things to do within the next two years I decided to put down the 100km MacLehose Trail as well. I figure this would be the motivation I need to travel to Sai Kung and New Territories finally complete the trail.
The MacLehose trail is supposed to be the most beautiful of Hong Kong’s hikes with the highest peaks in the S.A.R and last weekend’s weather was almost perfect.
It does take a long time to get to the beginning of the trail in Sai Kung if you live on the Hong Kong Island. This time Husband and I went for the easier option of taking the MTR to Diamond Hill and then a taxi to Country Park Visitor Centre at Pak Tam Chung.
From there, it is an easy walk along the tarmac road around the High Island Reservoir. There were some fantastic views of turquoise water with only a handful of other hikers and a few green taxis (full of beach goers on the way to the East Dam) to interrupt your enjoyment of the scenery. It was very peaceful and quiet, making it seem as though we were a world away from Hong Kong.
Stage 1 of the MacLehose trail finishes in the most bizarre place: Half way over hill between the East Damn and Long Ke Wan beach. We were planning to continue onto the 2nd stage but instead, after relaxing on the beach for a long while, decided to head back to one of Sai Kung’s waterfront restaurants for a late lunch.
It was way too hot to continue (over 30 degrees and very little shade along the trail) and we weren’t in any rush. Unlike the participants of the Oxfam Trailwalker charity race (complete the 100km trail within 48-hours) this is not part of our training regime and we have time. Another section next time.
Stage 1 Pak Tam Chung –> Long Ke 10.6km