Stone Bamboo Shoot Peak
Pingxi District, New Taipei City
Introduction: This hike circles around the mountain climbing over another small peak and taking a narrow, rough trail along a small stream through a heavily forested valley; then climbs over the rocky, pointed peak with excellent views.
Access: take bus 795 from Muzha MRT Station to Jingtong
795 bus schedule: http://www.tpebus.com.tw/image/5163.2.pdf
Length: 8km, 5 hours
Difficulty Level: 3/5, strenuous
Trail Conditions: stone trails around Stone Bamboo Shoot, lots and lots of steps, short steep rope climbs to the peak; narrow, rough, and slightly overgrown dirt trail along the stream. The hike is well signposted.
Follow the tracks leading out of town until you come to a small road turning off on the left crossing the tracks. There are signs and a trail map here.
Follow this short road passing a few houses at the end.
The trail starts after the last house. There is another trail map here too.
The trail leads up away from the houses and passes a couple of Land God shrines. There is a trail junction at the second shrine. Turn right here, signposted for Sankeng Mountain.
From the shrine this short trail soon ends at a house at the end of a road with several angry dogs on short leases. Don’t let them scare you when you come up the stairs to the house. There’s one on left hand side at the top of the stairs. Turn left at the house.
A trail that follows the small stream up the valley starts from the house. From the start the trail soon passes a locked entrance to a cave temple then becomes increasingly narrow and rougher. Pay attention to the hiking flags marking the trail as it becomes overgrown in places. The trail crosses a stream over a wooden bridge.
The trail then goes alongside the stream on a narrow ledge with a safety rope.
The trail then makes a short, steep climb away from the stream followed a couple more wooden bridges.
Continuing upstream the trail will cross the stream numerous times.
Eventually the trail makes a short, steep climb away from the stream with the aid of ropes.
At the top there is a trail map and the trail makes a left turn here. (Another trail leads to the peak of Sankeng Mountain.)
Going away from Sankeng the trail goes along the top of the ridge, dipping down then going back up again.
The trail rejoins the now very tiny stream and makes several more crossings.
Now at the end of the stream and the valley, the trail makes a short climb out with ropes.
After the climb the trail merges onto a rough, overgrown road. There is a trail map here too. Keep going straight here.
Follow this road until you come to a T-intersection with another overgrown road. Turn left here. There are no signs marking this turn, only flags.
The trail/road descends passing another trail junction with a map. Continue to follow the road here.
At the end of the road the trail passes an electrical tower.
Follow the trail continuing down from the tower and you’ll come to the unusual site of an abandoned motorcycle sitting up in the dirt.
Continue down from the motorcycle going along the base of a cliff.
The dirt trail ends at the top of a stone trail. There a couple of old mining cart tunnels here too.
Take the stone trail going down and turn left at a trail junction.
Stone steps continue going down along a stream.
At the bottom the trail crosses the stream over a bridge.
Go left at a fork in the trail after the bridge.
More steps lead down and the trail crosses the stream again over another bridge.
After the stream crossing this trail ends at a small parking lot at the end of a road. The trail up to the peak of Stone Bamboo Shoot starts from the parking lot. Steep stone steps climb up for about 20 minutes.
After about 20 minutes the stairs give way to a dirt trail that continues the steep climb.
Turn left when you come to a trail junction. From the junction it’s a short, steep climb, mostly with ropes, to the peak.
From the peak, return back down the last trail junction and turn left. The trail goes along the hillside, crosses over some rocks, and makes a short rope descent.
At last, more steps continue downwards returning to the Land God shrine.
Map of the Hike