July 27, 2015 Comments (0) Hong Kong Trail

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 begins at the top of Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. Continuing on from Hong Kong Trail Stage 4, you’ll need to cross Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and head up Tai Tam Reservoir Road. Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 continues a little section up this road on the left hand side, along with Wilson Trail Stage 2, which are both clearly signposted – you cannot miss it.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 is a decent hiking trail with two peaks to climb, and it offers some great views of Quarry Bay and Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.


Start: End of Hong Kong Trail Stage 4
Distance: 4km
Difficulty: Hard
End: Hong Kong Trail Stage 6

Getting to the Trail Head

Taxi or bus to the top of Wong Nai Chung Gap Road
Hike Hong Kong Trail Stage 4

This section of Hong Kong Trail is quite difficult. Although it is the shortest section at just 4km, it also consists of two peaks, a total height increase of about 350 meters. For the seasoned hiker that is not a great deal, but for the family going out for a hike, this is quite difficult.

Trail Features

A decent hiking trail with two peaks to climb
Mostly unpaved
Great views of Quarry Bay and Tai Tam Upper Reservoir

What also must be considered is the walk down to Quarry Bay at 3km and a 300 meter descent. Another option is however to continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 6.

Trail End Options

Walk down to Quarry Bay: 3km length and a 300 meter descent
Continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 6

First off, here is a map of the mobile network coverage of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5. Take note of telephone booth locations and poor network coverage areas just in case you or one of your team members should have an accident. It is also useful to note the distance marker points so that if you do have an accident, that you can quote the nearest distance post. Buy the Hong Kong Island Countryside Series Map online for a detailed hiking map that you can take with you on the trail.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 Mobile Network Coverage

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 Mobile Network Coverage

Now, let’s get started on the hike. In the first section of the hike, you will need to follow Tai Tam Reservoir Road uphill for a bit before reaching the start of the ‘real’ hiking trail on your left.

Walk up Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

Walk up Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

Fly

Fly

On the left you'll com to this archway. Enter.

On the left you’ll com to this archway. Enter.

Take the stairs to the right. And keep going up and up.

Take the stairs to the right. And keep going up and up.

You'll catch some great views from up here.

You’ll catch some great views from up here.

Fly.

Fly.

Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 is great for views of Tai Tam Upper Reservoir, views overlooking Hong Kong’s concrete jungle, and gets you up close and personal with a quarry. Try to get out on this trail when the weather is good, the views are quite spectacular.

Continue straight.

Continue straight.

Great views of Hong Kong's Concrete Jungle.

Great views of Hong Kong’s Concrete Jungle.

And down again. Enjoy it while it lasts.

And down again. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Another view of Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

Another view of Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

A pleasant downhill with a Quarry backdrop.

A pleasant downhill with a Quarry backdrop.

Dragonfly.

Dragonfly.

This is where Wilson Trail Stage 2 branches off. Keep right for Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

This is where Wilson Trail Stage 2 branches off. Keep right for Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

Right. Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

Right. Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

Quarry Bay

Quarry Bay

Moth.

Moth.

You have conquered the second Peak of this trail, Mount Butler. Downhill from here.

You have conquered the second Peak of this trail, Mount Butler. Downhill from here.

Mount Butler.

Mount Butler.

Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

Tai Tam Upper Reservoir.

And we end up at a pavilion for a rest. This is the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

And we end up at a pavilion for a rest. This is the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

Welcome to Quarry Gap. Turn left for Quarry Bay (3km Road), or right for Hong Kong Trail Stage 6.

Welcome to Quarry Gap. Turn left for Quarry Bay (3km Road), or right for Hong Kong Trail Stage 6.

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