Mt. Hehuan Point has a pyramidal shape, and at 3,217m above sea level, it is one of the many peaks of Mt. Hehuan.
How was such a unique shape formed? According to the research conducted by geographers, Mt. Hehuan Point was formed during the glacial period in Taiwan by glacial erosion acting on two or more adjacent slopes, which is called a horn. It’s the closest site to access glacier remains in Taiwan.
The entrance to the Hehuanshan Point Trail is next to the Mt. Hehuan Visitor Center with a total length of 400m. Although the trail is not long, the hillside is very steep and reaches a high elevation. Starting from the entrance on the south side, hikers will walk along the short path of wooden steps before the continuous high-rising slopes, which are simply paved by wooden or earthen steps; most of the mountain paths have a primitive appearance; there are giant rocks larger than a man and Yushan Cane growing on both sides of the track. There is less air at the higher altitudes, so hikers should stop occasionally to take a deep breath before climbing upward.
Before reaching the summit, there’s a vertical rock wall, and hikers need to do rock climbing with a rope. Be sure not to look down. The summit is at the top of the wall. Mt. Hehuan Point doesn’t cover a large area, but it has the best location with a 360-degree panoramic view overlooking the peaks of Mt. Hehuan and the glacier remains, especially the valley between the Mt. Hehuan Main Peak and the Mt. Hehuan East Peak. This is called a “glacial cirque” and was formed during the early phase of glacier erosion.
On the north side, there’s a newly built path covered with wooden steps; going downhill vertically from here, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the entrance on Provincial Highway 14A at 33.4k. Either starting from the south side or the north side, Mt. Hehuan Point is a high mountain trail inspiring people’s passion. If you still have the energy to keep hiking, you may continue on the hike at the entrance of Mt. Shihmen across the road.
● Administrative Area：The joint area of Ren’ai Township, Nantou County and Xiulin Township, Hualien County
● Altitude：3,110 – 3,217m
● Road Condition：Rock Mountain Trail
● Trail Length：0.4km
● Difficulty：Low – medium
● Best Time for Hiking：All year round
● Time Required：30 mins
● Route：Mt. Hehuan Visitor Center→ Mt. Hehuan Point→ Parking Lot on Provincial Highway 14A at 33.4k
1. The south-side trail is a more primitive mountain trail, where a rope is needed in some sections.
2. The area is in the high-altitude mountain environment over 3,000m. It’s important to stay warm. Once hikers display the initial symptoms of altitude sickness, they should avoid traveling to a higher altitude.
3. The trail joins Mt. Shihmen, one of the peaks of Mt. Hehuan.