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A frog goes hiking: 武陵雙秀 (Wu ling shuang xiu) (Day 2)

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:07

A frog goes hiking: 武陵雙秀 (Wu ling shuang xiu) (Day 2)

The second day started with an interesting false alarm at exactly 11pm when somebody's cell phone alarm went off. I checked my watch and was relieved to see that there was still plenty of time to catch some much-needed sleep. But shortly after there was rustling left and right as if people were getting up. Before long I nodded off again until 3am. Later that morning I was told that some people indeed got up before noticing that they were four hours early ...

After the actual wake-up time we had a quick breakfast before heading up towards 品田山 (Pin tian shan). Sunrise was earlier than expected, but it was just as well because hiking is simply more enjoyable when you can see more than just what's in the light cone of your headlamp. Even though we were far from the top the view was stunning and almost made me forget how early it was.

The truly interesting part was still to come, though. The last few hundred meters before the peak involve some real climbing, which makes you feel like you've earned the view at the top. And what a view it is! But see for yourself ...

This post covers day 2. Day 1 is here.


Overview

The green track is the first half of day two, the blue track is the second half.


(Click the image for a larger version.)


Elevation charts

新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) to 品田山 (Pin tian shan) and back:


新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) to 武陵山莊 (Wu ling mountain hut):


GPS track

Hiking log

(As always, the altitudes are approximate.)

0300: Wake up
0400: Departure from 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut), 3180 m
0445: Break for watching sunrise
0515: Continue
0625: Arrival at 品田山 (Pin tian shan), 3524 m
0645: Departure from 品田山 (Pin tian shan)
0705: Forced break waiting to cross bad-mannered hiking group
0725: Continue
0810: Arrival at 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut), 3180 m, break
0955: Departure from 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut)
1035: 池有山第二登山口 (Second Chi you shan trail head), 3230 m
1045: Arrival at 池有山 (Chi you shan), 3303 m
1105: Departure from 池有山 (Chi you shan)
1114: 池有山第一登山口 (First Chi you shan trail head)
1117: Arrival at 三叉營地 (San cha campground), 3200 m, break
1155: Departure from 三叉營地 (San cha campground)
1345: Arrival at trail head
1350: Departure from trail head
1440: 武陵吊橋 (Wu ling suspension bridge), 1860 m
1445: Arrival at 武陵山莊停車場 (Wu ling mountain hut parking lot)


Photos

Sunrise halfway up to 品田山 (Pin tian shan). As you can see from the chain of lights walking up hikers in Taiwan really get up early.

Sunrise halfway up to 品田山 (Pin tian shan). As you can see from the chain of lights walking up hikers in Taiwan really get up early.

These photos were taken in the direction of 宜蘭 (Yilan).

These photos were taken in the direction of 宜蘭 (Yilan).

If you look closely you can see a river ...

If you look closely you can see a river ...

... and even 龜山島 (Turtle island) in the distance.

... and even 龜山島 (Turtle island) in the distance.

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Our hiking group admiring the sunrise.

Our hiking group admiring the sunrise.

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The first sight of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) on the way up.

The first sight of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) on the way up.

A close-up view of 雪山 (Xue shan) on the left and 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao) in the middle.

A close-up view of 雪山 (Xue shan) on the left and 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao) in the middle.

On the way to the main peak there's another small peak whose back slope actually poses the main difficulty of reaching 品田山 (Pin tian shan). If you're unlucky you can get stuck in traffic jam here.

On the way to the main peak there's another small peak whose back slope actually poses the main difficulty of reaching 品田山 (Pin tian shan). If you're unlucky you can get stuck in traffic jam here.

Climbing down the back slope of the "pre-peak" ...

Climbing down the back slope of the "pre-peak" ...

... and up again towards the main peak. But it's totally worth it because ...

... and up again towards the main peak. But it's totally worth it because ...

... halfway up you already get this magnificent view!

... halfway up you already get this magnificent view!

小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan) and 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan) and 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

The last few meters of the trail.

The last few meters of the trail.

These flowers reminded me of the Swiss "trademark" flower, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss Edelweiss].

These flowers reminded me of the Swiss "trademark" flower, the Edelweiss.

Me at the top of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) with 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) in the background.

Me at the top of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) with 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) in the background.

The obligatory group photo on the peak. :-)

The obligatory group photo on the peak. :-)

The 雪山 (Xue shan) family always makes for a nice setting. From the left:

* 甘木林山 (Gan mu lin shan). Originally and erroneously measured at 3690 meters (instead of the correct 3666) it gave 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) its name.
* 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak). The second highest mountain in Taiwan.
* 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).
* 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak).

The 雪山 (Xue shan) family always makes for a nice setting. From the left:

  • 甘木林山 (Gan mu lin shan). Originally and erroneously measured at 3690 meters (instead of the correct 3666) it gave 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) its name.
  • 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak). The second highest mountain in Taiwan.
  • 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).
  • 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak).
樂山 (Le shan) with its radar station in the distance. I believe on the right parts of 大鹿林道 (Da lu forest trail) are visible.

樂山 (Le shan) with its radar station in the distance. I believe on the right parts of 大鹿林道 (Da lu forest trail) are visible.

Looking back to 品田山 (Pin tian shan) on the way down.

Looking back to 品田山 (Pin tian shan) on the way down.

The view from the spot we watched the sunrise a few hours earlier. You can see the trail down as well as 桃山 (Tao shan) in the far back.

The view from the spot we watched the sunrise a few hours earlier. You can see the trail down as well as 桃山 (Tao shan) in the far back.

Approaching 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) again where we had stayed the night.

Approaching 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) again where we had stayed the night.

Cut, two-and-a-half hours later. After being disappointed by the afternoon weather the day before we decided to give 池有山 (Chi you shan) another try. The view was great! On this photo you can see 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut), 品田山 (Pin tian shan), and part of the trail between the two.

Cut, two-and-a-half hours later. After being disappointed by the afternoon weather the day before we decided to give 池有山 (Chi you shan) another try. The view was great! On this photo you can see 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut), 品田山 (Pin tian shan), and part of the trail between the two.

Turning around 180° you can see 桃山 (Tao shan) and 桃山山屋 (Tao shan mountain hut).

Turning around 180° you can see 桃山 (Tao shan) and 桃山山屋 (Tao shan mountain hut).

Such nice weather deserves another flag raise! On the right you can see 小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan) and 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

Such nice weather deserves another flag raise! On the right you can see 小霸尖山 (Xiao ba jian shan) and 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan).

And once again the whole scenery, from 雪山 (Xue shan) to 品田山 (Pin tian shan).

And once again the whole scenery, from 雪山 (Xue shan) to 品田山 (Pin tian shan).


A frog goes hiking: 武陵雙秀 (Wu ling shuang xiu) (Day 1)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:16

武陵四秀 (Wu ling si xiu, or "Wuling's beautiful four") is a group of four mountains in the area around 武陵農場 (Wuling Farm): 桃山 (Tao shan), 喀拉業山 (Ke la ye shan), 池有山 (Chi you shan), and 品田山 (Pin tian shan). Our trip was the light version, only going to two of the four, therefore making it 武陵雙秀 ("Wuling's beautiful two").

Our car left early on Friday and arrived at 武陵農場 (Wuling Farm) late in the afternoon, which gave us enough time to put up everyone's tents on the camping site and then go enjoy the buffet at the hotel nearby. By the time the last of our group arrived I was fast asleep in my snuggly sleeping bag. Since last time my hiking equipment had gained a super light inflatable pillow, making my sleep even more comfortable. I might even enjoy camping one day. ;-)

The next morning we set off with a bit of delay but our schedule had enough buffer, so that we made it to 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) well in time before dusk. There was even enough time to bag the first peak of the trip, 池有山 (Chi you shan). By the time we were there the weather wasn't quite what you would hope anymore, but luckily two of us decided to go there again the next day on the way back, and we were not disappointed.

This post covers day 1. Day 2 is here.


Overview

The red track is the first day, the green track is the first half of day two before returning along the red track.


(Click the image for a larger version.)


Altitude graph


(Click the image for a larger version.)

GPS track

Hiking log

(As always, the altitudes are approximate.)

0430: Wake up
0610: Departure by car from 武陵農場營地 (Wu ling farm camping site)
0620: Arrival at 武陵山莊 (Wu ling mountain hut)
0630: Start hiking at 武陵吊橋 (Wu ling suspension bridge), 1860 m
0735: Arrival at trail head, short visit to 桃山瀑布 (Tao shan water fall) to fill up water, break
0840: Departure from trail head, 2230 m
1030: Arrival at lunch site, break, 2960 m
1310: Departure from lunch site
1410: Arrival at 三叉營地 (San cha campground), 3200 m
1420: Arrival at 池有山登山口 (Chi you shan trail head), break, 3200 m
1505: Departure from 池有山登山口 (Chi you shan trail head) towards the peak
1520: Arrival at 池有山 (Chi you shan), 3303 m
1540: Departure from 池有山 (Chi you shan)
1555: Back at 池有山登山口 (Chi you shan trail head)
1600: Departure from 池有山登山口 (Chi you shan trail head) towards 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut)
1725: Arrival at 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut), 3180 m


Photos

Getting ready on the parking lot at 武陵山莊 (Wu ling mountain hut).

Getting ready on the parking lot at 武陵山莊 (Wu ling mountain hut).

武陵吊橋 (Wu ling suspension bridge), behind which lie the trail heads to 品田山 (Pin tian shan), 池有山 (Chi you shan), and 桃山 (Tao shan).

武陵吊橋 (Wu ling suspension bridge), behind which lie the trail heads to 品田山 (Pin tian shan), 池有山 (Chi you shan), and 桃山 (Tao shan).

In our case, we had to walk for about 3.5 km first before getting to the trail head.

In our case, we had to walk for about 3.5 km first before getting to the trail head.

One of the informational signs. ([http://rubli.info/gallery/data/a-frog-goes-hiking-wu-ling-shuang-xiu-day-1/images/original/20140705-065103_MR7318_D90.jpg Click here for a larger version].)

One of the informational signs. (Click here for a larger version.)

The start of the trail to 品田山 (Pin tian shan) and 池有山 (Chi you shan). The concrete road continues on to 桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall) for about ten minutes.

The start of the trail to 品田山 (Pin tian shan) and 池有山 (Chi you shan). The concrete road continues on to 桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall) for about ten minutes.

桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall), the last water source before the mountain.

桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall), the last water source before the mountain.

桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall).

桃山瀑布 (Tao shan waterfall).

This rather misleading elevation chart makes the hike look easier than it really is. Especially after 三叉營地 (San cha campground) there's a fair amount of tiring ups and downs.

This rather misleading elevation chart makes the hike look easier than it really is. Especially after 三叉營地 (San cha campground) there's a fair amount of tiring ups and downs.

A 山羌 ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeves's_muntjac Reeves's muntjac], a kind of small deer) that I was lucky enough to get in front of my lens before it disappeared in the undergrowth.

A 山羌 (Reeves's muntjac, a kind of small deer) that I was lucky enough to get in front of my lens before it disappeared in the undergrowth.

The lower part of the hiking trail is mostly in the forest, so there isn't much to see.

The lower part of the hiking trail is mostly in the forest, so there isn't much to see.

Once you get out of the forest, though ...

Once you get out of the forest, though ...

... the view gets more and more spectacular. The pointy mountain here is 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

... the view gets more and more spectacular. The pointy mountain here is 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

The forest also gets lighter in this area and grass is more common.

The forest also gets lighter in this area and grass is more common.

Looking to the left you get a great view of 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak), and 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).

Looking to the left you get a great view of 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak), and 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).

Cooking 羊肉爐 (Lamb hot pot), a typical winter dish, half-way up the mountain. Personally, I was already warm enough, so I stuck with my sandwich.

Cooking 羊肉爐 (Lamb hot pot), a typical winter dish, half-way up the mountain. Personally, I was already warm enough, so I stuck with my sandwich.

Clouds forming in the direction of our target.

Clouds forming in the direction of our target.

The view back.

The view back.

A sea of clouds over 宜蘭 (Yilan), apparently a common occurrence because it already looked like that [local://blog/2013/09/13/a-frog-goes-hiking-xue-shan-day-1/ last time I was hiking in that area].

A sea of clouds over 宜蘭 (Yilan), apparently a common occurrence because it already looked like that last time I was hiking in that area.

There's quite a number of interestingly shaped trees in that area.

There's quite a number of interestingly shaped trees in that area.

桃山 (Tao shan) and 桃山山屋 (Tai shan mountain hut) on its left. Three people of our group added another day to the trip to visit these.

桃山 (Tao shan) and 桃山山屋 (Tai shan mountain hut) on its left. Three people of our group added another day to the trip to visit these.

The start of the trail to 池有山 (Chi you shan) leads up this rock slope. According to the sign next to it, the rocks are broken into pieces by temperature fluctuations.

The start of the trail to 池有山 (Chi you shan) leads up this rock slope. According to the sign next to it, the rocks are broken into pieces by temperature fluctuations.

Nice flowers are also plentiful up here.

Nice flowers are also plentiful up here.

Walking up to 池有山 (Chi you shan).

Walking up to 池有山 (Chi you shan).

Close to the top the fog started to rise, rather abruptly ending the nice weather we had had during the first half of the day.

Close to the top the fog started to rise, rather abruptly ending the nice weather we had had during the first half of the day.

Still, there was just enough blue sky left to take a nice photo at the top!

Still, there was just enough blue sky left to take a nice photo at the top!

The last part of the trail isn't quite as easy to tackle because it involves climbing up and down over rocks. Nevertheless, some people did so very swiftly, even with the weight of an extra backpack.

The last part of the trail isn't quite as easy to tackle because it involves climbing up and down over rocks. Nevertheless, some people did so very swiftly, even with the weight of an extra backpack.

Finally, 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) came into sight where we would spend the night. Our arrival there also coincided with a bit of rainfall as it often happens in the afternoon.

Finally, 新達山屋 (Xin da mountain hut) came into sight where we would spend the night. Our arrival there also coincided with a bit of rainfall as it often happens in the afternoon.