Friend of mine mentioned sometime ago that she has never hiked the Wilson trail. I did it four years ago and since then repeated the nicest sections only. The Wilson trail is 78km long (second longest trail in HK) and has 10 stages. It takes a longer time to get to some of the later sections but it is definitely worth doing. This was one of the ways I got to know HK.
The trail starts in Stanley (on HK Island), leads to Kowloon and finishes in Nam Chun in north-east New Territories. Starting a long trail with a couple of friends is great motivation to get out there and (hopefully) complete all of the sections. As much as I love doing my regular hikes around HK I want to see other parts of this beautiful region.
We looked at the weather this week and there was one day which looked promising. After a week of grey and heavy skies it turned out to be a dreamy day for a hike in January.
Stage 1 of the Wilson trail is one of my favourite hikes on Hong Kong island. I used to dread it as there are a lot of stairs, stairs and more stairs. It is certainly the best workout ‘walk’ around here and parts of it are tough. I love the idea that a minute or two after starting the walk up from Stanley, I am in the middle of a mass of green, surrounded by stunning views. This was one of the first hikes I did with Husband after arriving in HK. It is full of good memories (probably just for me, as he didn’t enjoy it too much).
There were many all-girl groups (and some single men) doing the same hike while chatting or walking dogs.
Not an easy start. Stairs, stairs and more stairs.
View over Stanley.
Beginning of a beautiful day.
Punishing our muscles.
More stairs. Literally thousands of them.
Chatting with Kami.
Dragonfly which stood still for photos.
Visible trail amongst the green.
This is a spot where you can head back to to civilization if you don’t fancy doing more stairs.
We will be following these markers for 78km.
Heading towards Parkview and the end of Stage 1. Every time I see Parkview, I cannot help but think about the infamous ‘Milkshake’ murder.
View from Violet Hill.
Now I really fancy doing it during evening as a night hike. Anyone fancy joining?
Stage 1 Stanley Gap Road –> Wong Nei Chung Reservoir 4.8km