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On the slopes of Grassy Hill....
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16.5 km
7 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Highest Point:
945 metres (Tai Mo Shan)
Time Spent on Trail:
6.25 hours
Walking: 5 hours + Breaks: 1.25 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
3:30 pm
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks en route.
Shortish lunch break atop Tai Mo Shan (11.5 km) -
bring lunch box.
Possible refreshment stop at the kiosk at Route Twisk (16.5 km)
- not included.
For a slightly shorter and slightly easier version of this hike, check our Tai Mo Shan hike
Scenes from the Shing Mun Country Park
Michael Hansen, helping you explore Hong Kong's other side...
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On the slopes of Tai Mo Shan
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(includes MacLehose Trail Stage 8)

At 647 and 958 metres respectively, Grassy Hill and Tai Mo Shan might be the highest peaks along the MacLehose Trail, but
conquering them is, thankfully, not too hard. Indeed, if you are really fit, you could actually push a baby-pram all the way to the top
of Grassy Hill. Beyond that point, however, a pram would be quite a hindrance to your progress due to the terrain....

We start our walk at the pretty Shing Mun reservoir by following a maze of fairly gently climbing paved forest tracks to the summit of
Grassy Hill, probably spotting a few monkeys along the way....

While our climb was virtually stepless, the descent to Lead Mine Pass will be quite a challenge to your knees. The good news is that
the steps are relatively regular. The bad news is that beyond the pass, the assault on Tai Mo Shan starts in earnest and that we
have to overcome a long flight of rough steps, which will more than compensate for the altitude just lost….

The effort is rewarded by a relatively flat high plateau offering great views: At first we look down towards Tai Po, Tolo Harbour and
the Pat Sin Leng range. Later Lion Rock and, if the weather is clear, Hong Kong island come into view.

At the end of the plateau, the path drops a little, before steeply but “steplessly” winding its way up to the summit of Tai Mo Shan,
providing us with a panorama over the Shek Kong Valley and the Lam Tsuen Country Park. The actual peak itself is covered by a
radio transmitting station, but you can’t legally get any higher than this in Hong Kong. With nothing blocking our view of virtually all
of Hong Kong, we will take a well-deserved lunch break here to soak it all up.

At first, the descent from Tai Mo Shan follows a little used road allowing us to enjoy the views over Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi and the
Yuen Long plain without having to pay too much attention to where we place our feet. Soon though, we turn off the road to follow a
quiet boulder path downhill....

The refreshment kiosk at the Route Twisk BBQ site constitutes our only chance to re-hydrate, before we catch the bus back to the
MTR station at Tsuen Wan and the city....
... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
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