Access: take bus 509 from Keelung Train Station, buses are infrequent, see link for schedule, the times listed are for departures from the train station
Difficulty Level: 1/5
Trail Conditions: stone trails or dirt trails near the lake, steep stair climb to the fort, dirt trail down to the coast
There is a parking lot at the bus stop and an old train on display. Take the stairs leading straight up to the lake from the train. When you reach the lake turn left and follow the trail around the lake until you come to suspension bridge. Cross the lake over the bridge and take the left trail after the bridge. The trail climbs away from the lake to Eagle Rock. Along the way you’ll pass the trail junction with a trail turning off to the right. Keep going straight for now and follow the trail Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock is a viewpoint with great views of the ocean below.
From Eagle Rock return back towards the lake. Turn left at the trail junction mentioned you passed on the way. This trail passes a tower that you can climb for more views. From the tower keep following the trail You’ll soon come another trail starting on the left. This is the trail that leads down to the coast. Go straight for now until you come to some steeps stairs on the left. These stairs climb up to Dawulun Fort. It is a very steep climb to the top, but there is viewing platform halfway up where you can stop and rest.
Dawulun Fort is one of a series of forts used to protect Keelung Harbor. The fort was used in the Opium War in 1840 and the Sino-French War in 1884.
After you’ve seen to fort take the stairs down and return to the trail leading down to coast near the tower. This is dirt trail leads through the trees gradually descending to the coast. At the bottom of the trail cross the road and you can walk along the Waimushan Coastal Trail. This trail is very popular on weekends. A lot of people like to walk along here and the trail is viewpoints as well as food and drink stands. At the end of the trail there are some cafes and large area for sitting.Take bus 305 to return to Keelung Station. Buses are infrequent.
Map of the Hike