Posted by: HART | 02/25/2013

Hike: ShiGuanYingShan loop

Map, description, and photo by Matteo

538171_10151385988198138_977207131_nA steep trek up and down the peaks west of PingXi. This hike covers part of the complex trail network around the PingXi valley: we tried to include a little bit of everything. First, make sure to take a look at the cave behind the temple. Retrace then your steps for some hundred meters and take the trail climbing steeply beyond the strem. The first km is a step ascent from the GuanYing temple to the ShiGuanying peak, from where  one has to scramble down the very steep north-eastern side before meeting the upper end of the YiKeng hystoric trail, that brings the hike through bamboo farms and the fascinating remnants of the coal industry that once flourished here. The last 500m of the trail are a quaint walk on a paved trail through the countryside. Numerous access to the river below allo hikers to take a dip in the refreshing waters in the hot summer months.

A couple of warnings: some parts of this hike are really steep, so make sure you and your fellow hikers have a good head for heights and are familiar with rocky scrambles negotiated with fixed ropes. Also, wear long trousers AND long socks, for leeches are everywhere on this trail and will find their way to your legs easily.

4h are more than enough for this trail, but plan for many stop for there are countless things you might find interesting to enjoy for a while.

Map page

GPX: We don’t link to GPX files directly anymore since links get broken whenever Wandermap updates their system. Instead you need to look on the Wandermap page, below the description of the hike, in the right corner for a “Export GPS Data” button. It will then download automatically.


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