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Popular Accessible Hiking Route – Hehuan East Peak Trail and Hehuan North Peak Trail

2021/04/28
Hehuanshan is made up of seven summits, also known as “Mt. Hehuan.” Hehuan East Peak Trail and Hehuan North Peak Trail are the most accessible routes in the area.

Hehuan East Peak Trail
Mt. Hehuan East Peak stands at 3,421 m above sea level, the second-highest peak to Mt. Hehuan North Peak. With a majestic geographical feature, it boasts a magnificent panoramic view of every peak of Mt. Hehuan and Mt. Chilai. On sunny days, it’s possible to see Mt. Jade on the south side right in front of you.   

Mt. Hehuan East Peak Trail

See as far as you can on Hehuan East Peak; it’s the Yushan Cane-covered landscape of a grass slope mixed with Taiwan White Fir. Hikers have the chance to see Small Leaf Edelweiss along the path, a relative of Edelweiss in the Oscar-winning movie “The Sound of Music.” On the way uphill, Yushan Rhododendron is everywhere along both sides of the path in the area very close to the summit. Every year in April and May, the flower season of high mountain Azaleas , the mountain top is completely decorated with Azalea blossoms in white and various shades of reddish-orange and pink. Besides this, on the eastern hillside, a relatively gentle slope, there was a ski training ground constructed in the past – the ruins of a building found on the trail is the cable car terminal station from those years.

Mt. Hehuan East Peak guided Eco Tour   Juniperus squamata in Mt. Hehuan East Peak Trail

The entrance is behind the building of Song Syue Lodge, and the trail has a total length of 1.1 km. Although it has uphill steps, it’s a rising slope with a 300 m height difference. It’s suggested to slow your pace and take a break sometimes to prevent yourself from getting altitude sickness. 

【Basic Information 】
  • Location:On the border between Ren’ai Township of Nantou County and Xiulin Township of Hualien County
  • Altitude:3,100 – 3,421 m
  • Road Condition:Stone steps, mountain path, wooden trestle
  • Length:1.1 km for one way
  • Difficulty Rating:Easy – intermediate
  • Best Season to Visit:spring, summer, autumn
  • Spotlight Attraction:n April and May, the flower season of high mountain Azaleas
  • Hike Duration:2.5 hr (round trip)
  • Route:Song Syue Lodge/ the summit of Hehuan East Peak→ Return via the same route→ Song Syue Lodge
  • Notes: The trail is in a high mountain area at over 3,000 m above sea level; please take care and stay warm. Visitors who get altitude sickness should descend as soon as possible.  

Hehuan North Peak Trail
Hehuan North Peak Trail stands at 3,422 m above sea level, the highest in Mt. Hehuan and a mountain trail worth the challenge. 

The entrance is at the point of 37K of Provincial Highway No.14A near the Xiaofengkou parking lot. The initial 1 km of the trail is a rising slope all the way. At the point of 0.9K, there’s a Yushan Juniper, the famous tree of North Peak; it’s one of Taiwan’s pine tree species that grows at the highest altitude and the only pine tree that survives on the forest line. Once you find it, you can see its magnificent, unique and impressive shape.
After passing the point of 1K, it’s a rather flat walkway surrounded by the landscape of a mixed forest of Taiwan Red Pine and Red-hairy Rhododendron to an endless Yushan Cane like a scene of grasslands of the Alps that connects to the sky. This is the most spectacular Yushan Cane grass slope on Mt. Hehuan.

Mt. Hehuan North Peak has an altitude of 3,422m   Juniperus squamata in Mt. Hehuan North Peak

On the ridgeline close to the summit, there’s a giant reflector board for microwaves and radar signals; it’s the most obvious landmark on Hehuan North Peak. Behind it is a panoramic view; from here, you can sometimes observe the breathtaking sea of clouds; on sunny days, the Central Mountain Range and Xueshan Range in the distance are in front of you. Besides this, Hehuan North Peak is the best location to admire Red-hairy Rhododendron in April and May every year.
 
Mt. Hehuan North Peak   Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum Hayata

Also, because Hehuan North Peak stands at a high point above sea level, there’s no light pollution and fewer particles in the air. It’s got a spectacular 360-degree view making it a popular scenic spot for star observation, as it’s a great place to take photos of the stars in summer.

【Basic Information 】
  • Location:On the border between Ren’ai Township of Nantou County and Xiulin Township of Hualien County
  • Altitude:2,975 – 3,422 m
  • Road Condition:crosstie walkway, Yushan Cane mountain path
  • Length:2 km for one way
  • Difficulty Rating:Easy – intermediate
  • Best Season to Visit:spring, summer, autumn
  • Spotlight Attraction:Yushan Cane grass slope, the flower season of high mountain Azaleas in April and May, beautiful sunrise and sunset
  • Hike Duration:3 hr (round trip)
  • Route:The point at 37k of Provincial Highway No. 14A→ the reflector board→ A fork in the road to Tianluanchi→ Hehuan North Peak→ Return via the same route→ A fork in the road to Tianluanchi→ the reflector board→ the point at 37k of Provincial Highway No. 14A
  • Notes:
1. There is no tree shade along Hehuan North Peak Trail, so please protect yourself with sunscreen. Fog usually forms in the afternoon; it’s suggested to start hiking in the morning or on sunny days only to avoid getting lost. 
2. The trail is in a high mountain area at over 3,000 m above sea level; please take care and stay warm. Visitors who get altitude sickness should descend as soon as possible.