Mount Bijia Ridge Hike
Shihding District, New Taipei City
A nice hike along a ridge from Shihding to Ergeshan. There is lots of tree cover on the ridge and only a couple of exposed outcropings. Most of the hike is spent going up and down along the ridge.
Access: take bus 666 from Muzha or Jingmei MRT Stations and get off at the Shihding bus stop 石碇 in the small riverside town of Shihding. Link for bus 666 schedule:
http://www.shinbus.com.tw/lane666.htm (left column is weekday departures, right column is weekend departures from Jingmei MRT Station)
Length: 9.5km, about 5.5 hours
Difficulty Level: 4/5
Trail Conditions: narrow dirt trail all the way with lots of ropes and steep drop offs, very steep climb to the top of the ridge
The bus stop is located on the side of the river next to two bridges. There is an OK Mart across from the bus stop and public washrooms a little further straight down the road (don’t cross the river). Cross the first bridge and turn left for Shihding’s short ‘old street’.
To start the hike from the bus stop, cross the first bridge, turn right and cross the river again. Keep following the narrow road as it goes past an elementary school then heads out of town towards the freeway high above the valley. The hike starts on the left under the freeway (there are no signs indicating the start of the trail).
The hike starts as a flat dirt trail near a stream before passing a small Land God shrine.
After the shrine the trail crosses a stone bridge. Turn left after the bridge.
The trail then climbs up past some terraces before arriving at an old house. Pass the house on the right.
After the house the trail climbs very steeply, with the aid of ropes, to the top of the ridge. It takes about 25 minutes to climb to the top.
At the top of the ridge turn right. Trail marker No. is here. There are 10 trail markers along the ridge, though No. 10 is easily missed.
From here keep following the trail along the top of the ridge and ignore any trails going down. The section along the ridge starts easy enough.
After marker No. 2 the trail crosses over a mini-peak.
The trail passes over a sharp ridge of rock with ropes and past an electrical tower and trail marker No. 3 where there are good views of the valley and freeway down below. There are sheer drop offs on the side of the trail.
After No. 3 the trail descends then climbs again.
Then it’s down and back up again. Next you’ll arrive at the peak of Chizitou Mountain where there are benches that you can rest on. Trail marker No. 5 is on the peak.
After the rest area, the trail continues along the ridge then descends with the help of ropes and ladders.
The trail makes a U-turn at marker No. 7. Don’t take what appears to be a trail going straight.
The trail then clings to the edge of the cliff.
After this is the peak of Mt. Bijia with marker No. 8.
After the peak the trail descends using stone steps cut into the side of the rock face, with a rope to help you make your way down.
Continue along ridge with more going up and down until marker No. 9 where there are a couple of benches.
The trail continues to follow the top of the ridge, over rocks sometimes with ropes and good views from the edge of the cliff. The trail descends again, passing an outcropping, before emerging one last time on the edge of the ridge. Climb up the rope to the top of rock face here to get a good view.
After this last rock face the trail soon ends at a rest area that connects with a trail coming from Maokong.
If Mt. Bijia hasn’t made you tired enough, it takes about 3 hours to hike from here to Maokong. The trail fairly easy. Otherwise turn left at the rest area and follow the road downhill for about 3.5 km until it reaches the highway going from Xindian to Pinglin.
Turn left at the intersection and you’ll find a stop for the G12 bus. If you have a long time to wait for the bus there are several outdoor cafes (and washrooms) just past the bus stop. Check times listed at the stop for when the next bus comes. Note that the times shown are for when the bus leaves Pinglin, not when it gets to this stop. It takes about 25 minutes for the bus to get here from Pinglin.
Link for G12 bus schedule: http://sindianbus.com.tw/modules/tadnews/page.php?nsn=
Map of the Hike