Visit the Giant Tree Path in Dasyueshan to admire the Shyeshan giant tree rising into the sky; the tree first took root in the 7th century.
The Syueshan Giant Tree Trail in the Dasyueshan National Recreation Area has a total round trip length of approximately 3km. The entrance to the Dasyueshan Forest Road is next to the parking lot at 49K; the trail starts with a downhill route of little elevation change and is wide enough to accommodate two passing vehicles, as it was once a forest road for heavy trucks transporting timber.
Visitors can admire the scenes of the mixed coniferous forest along the trail, including Taiwan Hemlocks, Taiwan Red Pines, Chinese White Pines, and Taiwan Rhododendrons – the power of life is revealed by the light and shadows through the needle-shaped leaves. Epiphytes on the trees like lichen and the species Usnea are indicators of the flourishing ecosystem and a symbol of the clean air quality that ensures we can all breathe well.
At the turning point, you will be met by the Taiwan Red False Cypress, the “Syueshan Giant Tree.” At more than 1,400 years old, it has a height of 50m, a circumference at chest height of 13m, and six large branches. How amazing it is that this tree has been here since the 7th century! It’s said that the tree survived the industrial forestry era in Dasyueshan due to its bad shape. Currently, it’s ranked the 11th largest living giant tree in Taiwan.
The return route is a curvy and uphill route all the way, with a 700m elevation change. When you get tired from hiking, sit on a bench to take a rest, and carry on the trip after admiring the beauty of the mountain forest. It is highly recommended that visitors evaluate their fitness before accessing the hiking trail.
● Administrative Area：Heping District, Taichung City
● Road Condition：Cement-paved path
● Trail Length：3km(a round trip)
● Best Time for Hiking：Throughout the entire year
● Scenic Attraction：Giant Cypress trees.
● Time Required：1.5 hr(The outbound route takes 30 min, and 1 hr for the return route.)
● Route：Dasyueshan Forest Road 49K→Syueshan Giant Tree→Return trip
● Remarks：The estimated time required includes a guided tour.