Jingtong

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

795 route map: http://www.tpebus.com.tw/image/lineimage.php?imagetest=5163.2

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.

The Hike

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 the tracks out of town

follow the tracks out of town

turn left here

turn left here

Follow this short road passing a few houses at the end.

follow the road past the houses

follow the road past the houses

The trail starts after the last house. There is another trail map here too.

start of the trail at the end of the road

start of the trail at the end of the road

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.

Stone Bamboo Shoot peak

Stone Bamboo Shoot peak

Land God shrine, turn right here

Land God shrine, turn right here

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.

house, turn left here

house, turn left here

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.

wooden bridge

wooden bridge

The trail then goes alongside the stream on a narrow ledge with a safety rope.

trail following the stream

trail following the stream

The trail then makes a short, steep climb away from the stream followed a couple more wooden bridges.

another wooden bridge, keep following the flags

another wooden bridge, keep following the flags

Continuing upstream the trail will cross the stream numerous times.

stream crossing

stream crossing

another stream crossing

another stream crossing

Eventually the trail makes a short, steep climb away from the stream with the aid of ropes.

rope climb away from the stream

rope climb away from the stream

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.)

near the peak of Sankeng, turn left here

near the peak of Sankeng, turn left here

Going away from Sankeng the trail goes along the top of the ridge, dipping down then going back up again.

trail leading away from Sankeng

trail leading away from Sankeng

The trail rejoins the now very tiny stream and makes several more crossings.

hiking along the stream again

hiking along the stream again

Now at the end of the stream and the valley, the trail makes a short climb out with ropes.

climbing out of the valley

climbing out of the valley

After the climb the trail merges onto a rough, overgrown road. There is a trail map here too. Keep going straight here.

merging onto an overgrown road, keep going straight here

merging onto an overgrown road, 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.

turn left here at the flags

The trail/road descends passing another trail junction with a map. Continue to follow the road here.

going down past a trail map

going down past a trail map

At the end of the road the trail passes an electrical tower.

passing an electrical tower

passing 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.

the motorcycle

Continue down from the motorcycle going along the base of a cliff.

continuing down from the motorcycle

continuing down from the motorcycle

The dirt trail ends at the top of a stone trail. There a couple of old mining cart tunnels here too.

old mining cart tunnel

Take the stone trail going down and turn left at a trail junction.

turn left here

Stone steps continue going down along a stream.

steps going down

steps going down

At the bottom the trail crosses the stream over a bridge.

bridge crossing the stream

bridge crossing the stream

Go left at a fork in the trail after the bridge.

fork left here

More steps lead down and the trail crosses the stream again over another bridge.

stream crossing

stream crossing

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.

trail up Stone Bamboo Shoot from the parking lot

climbing the stairs

After about 20 minutes the stairs give way to a dirt trail that continues the steep climb.

continuing to climb on the dirt trail

Turn left when you come to a trail junction. From the junction it’s a short, steep climb, mostly with ropes, to the peak.

turn left here for the peak

climbing to the peak

on 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.

going away from the peak

descending the mountain

At last, more steps continue downwards returning to the Land God shrine.

going down the steps

Map of the Hike

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