Hikes - Maclehose Trail

Hikes - Maclehose Trail

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: Aug 14, 2023

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Posted: May 19, 2012 | Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Maclehose Trail 10

Stage 10: Tin Fu Tsai to Tuen Mun Town (15.6km)

Distance Posts: M168 - M200

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1) Maclehose 10 - After M173
2) Near the end of the Maclehose Trail

Posted: May 19, 2012 | Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Maclehose Trail 9

Stage 9: Route Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai (6.3km)

Distance Posts: M156 - M168

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Posted: May 13, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Stage 8: Maclehose Trail 8

Stage 8: Lead Mine Pass to Route Twisk (9.7km)

Distance Posts: M137 - M156

Or if you start at the junction of 8 and 9, Route Twisk to Lead Mine Pass.

The easier transport option for the start of the hike was to actually do it in reverse.

1) Maclehose 8 - At Route Twisk
2) Maclehose 8 - Ascending Tai Mo Shan
3) Maclehose 8 - Snack time M147
4) View of Shek Kong Airfield
5) Disused structure on Tai Mo Shan
6) Tai Po with the stage 8 trail
7) Maclehose 8 - Around post m145 looking east
8) Maclehose 8 - Break time over
9) Approach to Lead Mine Pass
10) Cows taking over the toilet
11) Maclehose junction of 7-8

Posted: May 5, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 7

Stage 7: Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass (6.2km)

Distance Posts: M124 - M137

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No easy transport at the end. Either continue onto stage 8 and climb Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, or save it for another day and head off to try and find transport which in itself will involve hiking a couple of kilometres. The choice we took here was to continue past the start point for stage 8 and walk back down to the Shing Mun reservoir to get a bus from the main road as was done at the end of stage 6 the previous week.

1) Maclehose 7 - Shing Mun Reservoir
2) Maclehose 7 - The approach to Needle Hill
3) Maclehose 7 - Maclehose Trail stage 7

Posted: May 5, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 6

Stage 6: Tai Po Road to Shing Mun (4.6km)

Distance Posts: M115- M124

At M116, stage 6 begins across the Tai Po road, with stage 5 on the other. With bus stops near by, this is a good location for ending and starting your hike. Stage 6 begins on the Golden Hill Road, taking you around the Kowloon Reservoir, and through groups of monkeys who see this area as their home - so many in fact that it's often referred to as Monkey Hill. It can be a little intimidating but follow the advice that's dotted around the various trails; don't tease them, don't stare at them, and DO NOT feed them. Do not have plastic bags out because as far as the monkeys are concerned, that bag holds food and you will be target - I've seen it. Amusing it was as well.

For me, this is one of the most intriguing parts of the walk as the route goes through the centre of the British defence line in 1941. The defensive line running across Hong Kong was named the Gin Drinkers Line, and in the centre, was the so called strong point, the Shing Mun Redoubt, a network of tunnels and bunkers.

The first relic you will encounter, and positioned the highest, is the observation post with cookhouse and trenches. Further along will bring you to other tunnel entrances and ditches, some which are partially filled in with mud but others are in pristine condition.

The end point for this are the barbecue pits, toilets and often an attended ice cream stall. Stop by here to freshen up before either ending your hike and heading for a bus, or embarking on stage 7 at post M124.

If you end up heading for home, the near by mini-bus stop at the Pineapple Dam at the top of Shing Mus Road often gets very busy. Instead, follow the Shing Mun Road until you get to a major road at the bottom. It's only an additional few hundred metres but there won't be a problem getting a bus to an MTR station.

1) Maclehose 6 - Golden Hill Road
2) Maclehose 6 - Kam Shan country park
3) Maclehose 6 - Kowloon Reservoir
4) Maclehose 6 - Artillery Observation Post
5) Maclehose 6 - To the Shung Mun Redoubt kitchens
6) Maclehose 6 - Shung Mun Redoubt kitchen
7) Maclehose 6 - Kitchen trenches
8) Maclehose 6 - Kitchen trench on the outside looking in
9) Maclehose 6 - View from the Shung Mun Redoubt kitchen trench
10) Maclehose 6 - Waterlogged Shing Mun Redoubt kitchen trench
11) Maclehose 6 - Charing Cross tunnel leading to the OP kitchen
12) Maclehose 6 - Flooded Charing Cross tunnel
13) Maclehose 6 - Shaftesbury Avenue tunnel
14) Maclehose 6 - Other end of Shaftesbury Avenue

Posted: Mar 31, 2012 | Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Maclehose Trail 5 (continued)

Stage 5 Continued 

Aiming to continue from where I left off the previous week, I got to Wang Tau Hom with the intention of getting a taxi to where I thought I got to last time. Writing this after the event, I know exactly where I was last time but on this occasion I only had a rough idea. Trying to communicate a rough idea to a taxi drive with limited English brought me to a trail leading from Wang Tau Hom which cut off the Lion Rock section and about 5 distance posts (1.25km). Leaving the trail at approximately M101, my starting point today was at approximately M106 (and a half).

1) Lion Rock from Wang Tau Hom
2) Reunification Pavilion (M106.5)
3) Kowloon to Hong Kong Island
4) Mountain border with Kowloon
5) View of Kai Tak
6) End of Maclehose Trail stage 5

Posted: Mar 24, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 5

Stage 5: Tai Lo Shan to Tai Po Road (10.6km)

Distance Posts: M94 - M115

After first completing stage 4 it was decided to come off of this stage at M100 and continue from there next week.

1) Maclehose 5 - War Time Marker
2) Maclehose Stage 5 - Wartime trench
3) Maclehose Stage 5 - Japanese cave
4) Shatin Pass Road from the trail
5) Shatin Pass Estate - Hill Fat Jong Temple
6) Shatin Pass Road - Hill Fat Jong Temple
7) Shatin Pass Estate - Beer and Corn Chips

Posted: Mar 24, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 4

Stage 4: Kei Ling Ha to Tai Lo Shan (12.7km)

Distance Posts: M68 - M94

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1) Maclehose stage 4 - the start
2) Maclehose Trail - Between M76 and M77
3) Just past M77 and on go the steps
4) Time to head away from Ma On Shan
5) Maclehose Stage 4 - At M78
6) The spine of the mountain
7) Sai Kung from on high
8) Maclehose Trail Stage 4 - Pyramid Hill
9) Maclehose Stage 4 - M90

Posted: Feb 19, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 3

Stage 3: Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha (9.0km)

Distance Posts: M48 - M68

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1) Maclehose Trail stage 3, point M49
2) Looking back toward Pak Tam Au
3) Walking the mountain crest
4) Distance post M52
5) Maclehose Trail 3 - nearly at M54
6) Lunch between M57 and M58
7) End of Maclehose Trail stage 3

Posted: Feb 12, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 2

Stage 2: Long Ke to Pak Tam Au (13.5km)

Distance Posts: M20 - M48

1) Maclehose Trail 2 - Sai Wan Village
2) Maclehose Trail 2 - San Wan beach
3) Good bye Sai Wan
4) Maclehose Trail 2 - Ham Tin beach
5) Ham Tin stream crossing
6) Ham Tin derelicts
7) Maclehose Trail 2 - Check Keng
8) Check Keng abandoned village

Posted: Feb 5, 2012 | Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Maclehose Trail 1 (and some of 2)

Stage 1: Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke (10.6km)

Distance Posts: M0 - M20

Call this stage a warm up for the next 90km.

This is an easy walk as it's mainly on level, paved road beside the reservoir, with very few ups and downs. Stage 1 though ends at distance post M21, 800m after East Dam on a headland with no way of getting transport. The only thing that can be done is to push on to stage 2.

This part of the Maclehose trail is one of the quickest for the distance covered and offers some pleasant views over the sea and reservoir. However, being as island, Hong Kong is not short of marine view. What marks this section out are the hexagonal columnar rock formations formed due to volcanic activity 140 million years ago.

Stage 2 is 13.5km and was not fancied in its entirety so we headed off the trail at M29 for about a kilometre to the Sai Wan Pavilion and a bus to Sai Kung. Next week it will be back to this Pavilion to continue stage 2.

1) High Island Reservoir
2) Maclehose Trail 1 - West Dam
3) Looking south along West Dam
4) Maclehose Trail 1 - Wild Buffalo
5) Maclehose Trail 1 - Approx M017
6) High Island Reservoir Monument
7) High Island Reservoir Rock Formations
8) Maclehose 2 - Long Ke Wan
9) Long Ke Wan Beach
10) Maclehose Trail 2 - Trail
11) Beautiful view spoiled by haze

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