August 23, 2015 Comments Off on Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 Hong Kong Trail

Hong Kong Trail Stage 6

Hong Kong Tail Stage 6

Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 begins at the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5 or you may first walk up (a 300 meter ascent) Mount Parker Road in Quarry Bay (about 3km) until you reach the trail head. You’ll see a hut near the top of the road which is the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

Getting to the Trail Head

Walk 3km up Mount Parker Road from Quarry Bay
Hike Hong Kong Trail Stage 5

Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 is generally an easy downhill walk towards Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir, followed by a short 1.25km unpaved hike towards Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. There are some opportunities to see wildlife along this section of Hong Kong Trail. When we hiked it we spotted butterflies and moths, moth larva, a Mabuya Longicaudata Skink and some various fish and some turtles near the reservoirs.

Trail Features

Predominantly downhill
Wildlife sightings

The end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 will put you on Tai Tam Road, where a bus or taxi can take you to either Stanley or Chai Wan after a short walk to the bus stop, or you could continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

Trail End Options

Taxi or bus to either Chai Wan or Stanley
Continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 7

First off, here is a map of the mobile network coverage of Hong Kong Trail Stage 6. 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.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 Mobile Network Coverage

Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 Mobile Network Coverage

Now, let’s get hiking, or at the least walking for the first section of this trail. The hut pictured below marks the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5.

End of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5

End of Hong Kong Trail Stage 5

Follow the sign to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Follow the sign to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Downhill paved trail.

Downhill paved trail.

Moth

Moth

Despite being paved, it is still quite a beautiful trail.

Despite being paved, it is still quite a beautiful trail.

This section of the trail, although being paved, is pleasant to walk down especially after it has just rained.

A nice picnic area if you want to stop for lunch.

A nice picnic area if you want to stop for lunch.

Some great views of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Some great views of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Follow the sign off to the right towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Follow the sign off to the right towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Head towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Head towards Tai Tam Reservoir.

Moth Larva

Moth Larva

Tai Tam Reservoir.

Tai Tam Reservoir.

From this point it gets a bit confusing, with a lot of lefts and rights. Thankfully though, the trail is well marked with signs located at every turn.

Turn right and cross the reservoir dam wall.

Turn right and cross the reservoir dam wall.

Crossing the reservoir dam.

Crossing the reservoir dam.

There's a lot of fish swimming nearby.

There’s a lot of fish swimming nearby.

Some more beautiful views looking down towards Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Some more beautiful views looking down towards Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Turn right here.

Turn right here.

Continue straight, veering slightly left.

Continue straight, veering slightly left.

And right here.

And right here.

The confusion is well signposted.

The confusion is well signposted.

Turtle.

Turtle.

Mabuya Longicaudata Skink

Mabuya Longicaudata Skink

Mabuya Longicaudata Skink in hiding.

Mabuya Longicaudata Skink in hiding.

Straight across here.

Straight across here.

And then left, up the stairs.

And then left, up the stairs.

Again, well signposted. Follow the two hikers.

Again, well signposted. Follow the two hikers.

After this left, we are onto unpaved hiking trails. At this particular spot you may see many butterflies in the surrounding trees.

Tirumala Limniace Blue Tiger Butterfly

Tirumala Limniace Blue Tiger Butterfly

Cupha Erymanthis Rustic Butterfly

Cupha Erymanthis Rustic Butterfly

Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir.

Unpaved hiking trails, this is the way we like it.

Unpaved hiking trails, this is the way we like it.

A pleasant bridge crossing.

A pleasant bridge crossing.

Moth

Moth

Congrats, you've reached the end.

Congrats, you’ve reached the end.

At the end of the trail you can turn right and walk for a little bit to reach a bus stop that will either take you to Stanley, or Chai Wan. Alternatively you could continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

Right across the road is the start of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

Right across the road is the start of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

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