MONKEY, NEEDLE & GRASSY HILLS
金山, 針山 及 草山
(includes Stages 6 & 7 of the MacLehose Trail)
The middle stages of the MacLehose Trail lures you with an offer of a healthy heartbeat, great natural beauty and interesting animals.
Indeed, this is a place where you are pretty much guaranteed to encounter families of hustling monkeys, herds of feral cattle and an
extensive selection of Hong Kong's 240 species of butterflies. Yet, there are many other animals waiting to be spotted in the dense
woodlands and over the water....
Using a combination of gently climbing paved roads and rough hiking trails, we pass families of the
aforementioned macaques as we hike from Kowloon Reservoirs via Shing Mun Reservoir, Needle Hill and Grassy Hill to the big old 'New
Town' of Tai Po.
After a short bus ride from Mong Kok, we warm up by following a relatively gently climbing road up 'Monkey Mountain" in the Kam Shan
Country Park. After about 45 minutes, we hit the dirt trails as we head towards the main dam of the Shing Mun Reservoir.
Here, there's a last chance to top up on liquids before we join Stage 7 of the MacLehose Trail and take on the seemingly endless flight of
steps leading to the top of Needle Hill. The going is tough but not without reward. At the 532 m summit, the grand landscape of Northern New
Territories unfolds. Gazing down, you will see the nearby countryside and Shing Mun Reservoir delightful with soothing shades of green, while
the symmetric profile of Lead Mine Pass marks a striking presence in the north.
After a short, but steep, descent, the trail joins a closed road to reach the summit of the appropriately named Grassy Hill at 647 metres above
sea-level. Grassy hill is a watershed that divides the Shing Mun and Sha Tin Valleys. Its steep slopes are the upland sources of the Shing Mun
catchment and streams that run through the Tai Po Kau plantation. The vistas from the top are tremendous – weather permitting: Beyond
Shatin, the Ma On Shan range squats firmly on the lowlands. In the background, the grand Sai Kung Peninsula beckons.
While ascending Grassy Hill was a “stepless” affair, descending the hill will be a good work-out for your knees…. However, just before
reaching Lead Mine Pass, we join another closed road for a more enjoyable walk-out.
Officially, this hike ends at the Tai Po Market train station, but you are welcome to join your leader for a great (late) Thai lunch at the municipal
food court nearby before heading back to the city….
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|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
|Due to work commitments, holidays and other personal matters,
Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to SUSPEND all operations until further notice.
Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.