Wuliaojian Ridge Hike
Sanxia District, New Taipei City
Introduction: Wuliaojian is one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the Taipei area. The hike is famous for its dramatic knife-edge exposed ridge and long rope descent. This is a loop hike along the top of the ridge.
Access: take a bus from Yongning MRT Station to the Sanxia bus terminal, then bus 807 bound for ManYueYuan and get off at the 合作橋 stop. Or it is easier to just take a taxi from Dingpu MRT Station to the trailhead.
Trail Conditions: entirely on narrow dirt trails; narrow exposed ridge along the top with a safety rope; lots of steep sections with short, vertical ropes; long, near vertical rope descent off the peak.
The hike is very strenuous and you’ll need plenty of fluids. Best not to do this hike in the middle of summer.
This hike is popular and lots of people try it who are not physical fit or have enough experience. Unfit people getting stuck on the ropes can cause problems as it is often hard to get around people. Also, expect a long wait to use the ropes for the descent off the peak.
Length: 7km, 5hrs; 900m total ascent and descent
Difficulty Level: 5/5
The hike starts from right next to the bus stop and is clearly marked.
At first stone steps lead upwards but these quickly give way to a dirt trail. You’ll be at the first rope section within a few minutes of hiking.
The trail continues the steep climb often with ropes.
There are numbered markers along the trail and maps marking the route.
From marker 4 the climb continues with more ropes.
Although it is not steady ascent and sometimes the trail will descend.
Finally the makes its final ascent up the pointy peak.
From the peak you need to make a long, near vertical rope descent.
Turn right at the bottom and follow the trail clinging to the cliff face.
The trail makes another mostly vertical descent with another series of ropes.
Continue straight on through a trail junction at the bottom.
Then the trail climbs again with more ropes and ladders.
Eventually the trail comes to a rest area and trail junction at marker 7. At marker 7 turn right here and follow the trail down if you want to quit, or turn left for more hiking over Wuliao Peak.
From marker 7 more leads lead up towards Wuliao peak passing marker 9 on the way up.
From marker 9 more steep climbing leads up to the rocky peak with marker 8 on it.
Use the ladders to descend from this peak. After this the trail becomes a normal hike and there are no more ropes or peaks to go over.
The trail continues along the ridge heading back towards the starting point.
Along the way the trail passes a rest area at a clearing.
From the rest area keep going straight, the trail passes under a scaffolding and some sort of pulley then comes to a bamboo farm.
At the bamboo farm the trail doubles back and goes along the hillside crossing a couple of small streams and landslides.
The trail ends a road. Turn left on the road, then left again at a junction ahead and walk down the road. Just after passing a cluster of houses take a trail branching off on the right. This trail leads back to the bus stop.
This short trail descends along a small stream and passes and abandoned building on the way down.
Back at the starting point the 807 bus to Sanxia only runs once every 3 hours, so you may be better off trying to hitch a ride with some other hikers.
Map of the Hike