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.
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.
Follow the stairs up to the 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.
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.
The trail then turns and goes along the top of 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.
The trail continues to follow the ridge and passes betel farm with a Land God shrine, then a red shack.
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.
On the other side of the peak is a short steep rope assisted descent.
Keep going straight a trail junction following the trail going along the top of the ridge.
The trail reaches the peak of Chengfu Mountain with a couple of benches on it.
From the peak there is another short, steep, rope assisted descent.
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).
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.
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.
From the peak it is another short, steep, rope assisted descent.
The trail scrambles over the rocky ridge and again makes a short rope descent.
From here trail makers point the way to 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak).
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.
Then continues fairly flat along the ridge.
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.
At two more quick trail junctions keep going straight following the signs for 石門內尖山 (Shihmen Neijian peak).
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.
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).
More wood supported steps descend from the tea field and the dirt trail mergers onto a stone 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.
The trail passes a large tree with lots of exposed roots and another trail junction. Keep going straight again.
At the next rail junction turn right signposted in Chinese for 承天禪寺.
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