Tucheng 2

Tucheng Ridge Hike

Tucheng District, New Taipei City

This hike goes along a ridge behind Tucheng and ends at Chengtian Temple.

Access: From Dingpu MRT Station take bus 705, 706, 0r 812 and get off the 龍田社區 bus stop, about 7 stops from the station.

Length: 10km, 4.5- 5 hours

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Trail Conditions: wide and narrow dirt trails, short rope sections, stone trails near the end; no signs for the first part of the hike, signs in Chinese only appear later on.

The Hike

To find the start of the hike cross the main road from the bus stop and walk back towards Dingpu until you come to some stairs leading up to Yuanheng Temple.

stairs to Yuanheng Temple

stairs to Yuanheng Temple

Follow the stairs up to the temple.

temple

Yuanheng Temple

From the temple keep following the stairs up to a road. The trail starts a short distance up the road, behind some public washrooms that are now bricked off. There are no signs marking the start of the hike.

trail starts here

trail starts here

The hike starts out on a narrow dirt trail with no signs. From the washrooms follow the flags marking the trail. The trail climbs up to gain the top of the ridge.

short climb up the ridge

short climb up the ridge

The trail then turns and goes along the top of the ridge.

hiking along the ridge

hiking along the ridge

At an electrical tower there is a T-junction of the trail. Turn left here. There are no signs at this trail junction. The trail goes past a stone support wall for the tower then makes a short descent.

electrical tower

electrical tower

trail junction at the electrical tower, turn left here

trail junction at the electrical tower, turn left here

The trail continues to follow the ridge and passes betel farm with a Land God shrine, then a red shack.

betel nut farm and Land God shrine

betel nut farm and Land God shrine

From here the trail passes through more betel nut and bamboo trees and climbs up to a peak. There are no benches or views from this peak. Go straight and take the ropes going down the other side.

cutting through the bamboo

cutting through the bamboo

hiking towards the first peak

hiking towards the first peak

on the first peak

on the first peak

On the other side of the peak is a short steep rope assisted descent.

descent from the peak

descent from the peak

Keep going straight a trail junction following the trail going along the top of the ridge.

go straight along the ridge

go straight along the ridge

The trail reaches the peak of Chengfu Mountain with a couple of benches on it.

hiking along the ridge

hiking along the ridge

peak of Chengfu Mountain

peak of Chengfu Mountain

From the peak there is another short, steep, rope assisted descent.

descending off the peak

descending off the peak

Go straight at a trail junction at the bottom following the trail signs pointing the way to 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak) or 十八羅漢 (18 Luohan Rocks).

go straight at the bottom

go straight at the bottom

The trail climbs again and passes a couple of more benches and the first English trail signs pointing the way to Eighteen Luohan Rock and Shihmen Neijian Mountain.

trail marker pointing the way

trail marker pointing the way

the only English signs on the trail pointing the way

the only English signs on the trail pointing the way

The trail continues to go up and down along the ridge then reaches the peak of Eighteen Luohan Rock. There are a couple of benches and good views from the peak.

up and down trail

up and down trail

Eighteen Luohan peak

Eighteen Luohan peak

From the peak it is another short, steep, rope assisted descent.

rope descent from the peak

rope descent from the peak

The trail scrambles over the rocky ridge and again makes a short rope descent.

hiking along the ridge

hiking along the ridge

another rope descent

another rope descent

From here trail makers point the way to 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak).

trail marker

trail marker

The dirt trail continues along the ridge become much wider and easier, makes a sharp turn at a lone bench and makes a short descent.

trail makes a sharp left turn at the bench

trail makes a sharp left turn at the bench

Then continues fairly flat along the ridge.

flat section of trail

flat section of trail

Keep going straight a trail junction marked by red signs in Chinese only pointing the way to 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak). Strangely, there are a couple of tipped over port-a-potties here as well.

keep going straight here

keep going straight here

At two more quick trail junctions keep going straight following the signs for 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak).

keep going straight again

keep going straight again

and straight

and straight

The trail makes a steep climb on wood supported steps, then continues the climb with ropes over the rocks eventually reaching the peak of Shihmen Neijian.

climbing up wooden steps

climbing up wooden steps

rope climb

rope climb

hiking towards the peak

hiking towards the peak

Shihmen Neijian peak

Shihmen Neijian peak

The trail descends the other side on more wood supported steps then continues along the top of the ridge and passes by the top of a tea field. Trail markers now point the way to 承天禪寺 (Chengtian Temple).

descending from the peak

descending from the peak

trail marker

trail marker

at the top of a tea field

at the top of a tea field

More wood supported steps descend from the tea field and the dirt trail mergers onto a stone trail. Keep going straight here.

wooden steps

wooden steps

end of the dirt trail, keep going straight here

end of the dirt trail, keep going straight here

Go straight through at the next two trail junctions following the signs pointing the way to 承天禪寺.

keep going straight here

keep going straight here

The trail passes a large tree with lots of exposed roots and another trail junction. Keep going straight again.

go past the tree

go past the tree

go straight after the tree

go straight after the tree

At the next rail junction turn right signposted in Chinese for 承天禪寺.

turn right here

turn right here

The trail quickly descends to a road. Turn left at the road and follow it around a hairpin turn. From the road there are several trails going down to Chengtian Temple. There is a bus stop near the temple or you can keep walking down to Yongning MRT Station.

Map of the Hike