Maolin Entrance Trail – Pt 1 (Tailiao Mountain Trail – 尾寮山步道)

April 21, 2017 — Leave a comment
Total distance: 14.23 km
Max elevation: 637 m
Min elevation: 161 m
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Ride Start:

22.879630, 120.645413

 

Date:

2015 July 15

 

Ride Info

This is the first part of a two or more part ride. I started the ride on the other side, near Lover’s Gorge waterfall. But I would recommend starting where I finished, at the trail head of Tailiao Mountain Trail (尾寮山步道).

As you travel up you’ll first come to a fork here 22.874828 120.648072. There’s a pavilion nearby that everyone seems to like. For some reason I didn’t go, but I would recommend taking a look. From here take the trail to the right. You’ll zigzag up for a while and eventually come to the gates of someone’s house here 22.871856 120.651297 Take the road to the right that goes around the house and you’ll end up at a nice lookout point with some seating. Beyond this point it didn’t look too motorcycle friendly so I turned back.

Head back down to the fork and take the other trail. This one didn’t have any hikers and was in slight disrepair. You’ll find a great view of the Maolin visitor center before you cross to the other side. It gets a little sketchy in places, so best have decent offroad tires. The trail splits here 22.876579, 120.662112. The trail to the right takes you to a dead end. It looks like farmers use it to run PVC to get water. If I remember right, there was a path you could take by foot. Could be a waterfall beyond, but don’t quote me.

When you exit, I’d highly recommend a visit to Lover’s Gorge Waterfall. You can drive right up to the lower fall. The upper falls take maybe 10 ~ 15 min of stair walking at a leisure pace. More info here: Taiwan’s Waterfalls

 

Notes

I went on a Wednesday and there were a fair amount of hikers and mountain bikers in the beginning. Please be aware of them and try not to piss them off.

 

Click here for Part 2 of this ride

 

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