Seven brave men and one Eva joined this time. We started run in Red bridge valley and sneak to the closed trail from there to Wulai above river. Yes, the trail is little broken and seems danger, but nothing difficult for us. The most difficult was climbed across the gate, then somebody tried open – it was not closed. Ok, first bug, but laugh.
This was just for warming of our bodies, before the following difficult ascent. From Wulai, very close to bus statio, is entr to forest trail to 烏來山 Wū lái shān 820m m and 大桶山 Dàtǒng shān 916 m. But Wulai is just around 120 m, hoops.
It is really steep and most of time you have to use your arms, help your body up with rope, rock or roots of trees. I like it, even one time I „run“ it down, my arms were more sore then legs. First part is easier and second part is even steeper and rockier.
But I think everybody liked it. We were quite fast and reach front peak of 烏來山 789 soon. There are also few nice vies to another side of Wulai and we could see Taipei as well.
Upper part between peaks is not so steep, but not so fast to highest peak in this area. Finally reach 大桶山 Dàtǒng shān, little rest and then run down to another side. The trail down is nicer, and runnable, but first part is in wet forest and really so slippery.
I was ready with camera, but no any falling runner in my focus. Second part has also some wooden stairway and we really run fast down to entry to this trail 大桶山登山口 Dàtǒng shān. Left out from forest and temperature increased immediately.
And it was nearly finish of our trip. Together nearly 12 km, but with 1000 m vertical on 3 km. Just run back to main road and take bus 849 backto Xindian. Ha, go together to lunch and little celebrate my birthday. Even got cake, cake with Santa Claus… Thank you every one for your coming.
CH 中文 comment of Joy Chen :
紅河谷 Hóng hégǔ (Red bridge valley) →
3.5 km trail around river to 烏來 Wū lái (c. 150 masl) →
烏來山 Wū lái shān 820 m (peak before 789 m) →
大桶山 Dàtǒng shān (916 m) → 大桶山登山口 Dàtǒng shān →
Dēng shānkǒu (Vat Mountain trailhead) →
忠治村 Zhōngzhì cūn (small town before Wulai) →
北烏公路 Běi wū gōnglù (main road bus 849, 忠治 Zhōngzhì)