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A frog goes hiking: 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:03

This was my second hike of 雪山 (Xue shan) but after the last trip to the main peak this time our destination was the north peak. 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) is a little further away from the mountain hut than the main peak, so we stayed in 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) for two nights.

The weather was once again great, so I'm seriously considering making a sacrifice to the weather gods to make sure it stays that way. There was a bit of fog right around the time we got to the peak but the view had been so good for the whole day that it wasn't much of a detriment. But see for yourself ...


Overview

The green track is day two, the blue and purple tracks are days one and three.


(Click the image for a larger version.)


Elevation charts

Day 1, 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head) to 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut)


Day 2, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) to 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) and back


Day 3, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) to 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head)



GPS tracks

Day 1, 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head) to 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut)

Day 2, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) to 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) and back

Day 3, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) to 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head)


Hiking log

(As always, the altitudes are approximate.)

Day 1:
0820: Departure from 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head), 2180 m
0925: Arrival at 七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut), 2530 m
1005: Continue
1105: Arrival at 哭坡觀景台 (Ku po view platform), 3020 m
1335: Continue
1445: 雪山東峰叉路 (Xue shan east peak crossroad), 3180 m
1540: Arrival at 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 3150 m

Day 2:
0530: Departure from 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 3150 m
0810: Emerged from 黑森林 (Black forest), 3575 m
0830: Arrival on ridge line, 3710 m
0835: Arrival on 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan), 3731 m
0915: Continue
1115: Arrival at 雪北山屋 (Xue bei mountain hut), 3660 m
1210: Continue
1230: Arrival at 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak), 3703 m
1300: Return
1315: Arrival at 雪北山屋 (Xue bei mountain hut), 3660 m
1335: Continue
1430: 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan), 3731 m
1450: Enter 黑森林 (Black forest), 3575 m
1545: Arrival at 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 3150 m

Day 3:
0310: Departure from 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut), 3150 m
0410: 雪山東峰叉路 (Xue shan east peak crossroad), 3180 m
0450: 哭坡觀景台 (Ku po view platform), 3020 m
0550: 七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut), 2530 m
0625: Arrival at 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head), 2180 m


Getting ready at the 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head).

Getting ready at the 雪山登山口 (Xue shan trail head).

Don't forget to look back, otherwise you might miss this great view. Of course from [local:/gallery/2013/09/08/23 behind the water tank] it's even better.

Don't forget to look back, otherwise you might miss this great view. Of course from behind the water tank it's even better.

七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut), about an hour from the trail head. It is mostly used by people who arrive in the afternoon or at night and prepare for a single-day ascent to one of the peaks.

七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut), about an hour from the trail head. It is mostly used by people who arrive in the afternoon or at night and prepare for a single-day ascent to one of the peaks.

The first three kilometers are mostly in the forest but relatively easy to walk.

The first three kilometers are mostly in the forest but relatively easy to walk.

The higher you get the less forest and the better the view.

The higher you get the less forest and the better the view.

The 哭坡 (Ku po), the "Slope of pain", isn't as bad as the name suggests. In fact, the part right after 七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut) is probably more difficult and much longer.

The 哭坡 (Ku po), the "Slope of pain", isn't as bad as the name suggests. In fact, the part right after 七卡山莊 (Qi ka mountain hut) is probably more difficult and much longer.

The view to the opposite side where you can see 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) on the very left and 無明山 (Wu ming shan) near the center.

The view to the opposite side where you can see 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) on the very left and 無明山 (Wu ming shan) near the center.

Mountain birds aren't scared of people much. This one hopped around me for minutes while I was eating my lunch. Apparently they have learned the convenience of befriending people.

Mountain birds aren't scared of people much. This one hopped around me for minutes while I was eating my lunch. Apparently they have learned the convenience of befriending people.

Onwards after lunch break. Note the family with two kids who went all the way to 雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak) and back in one day. That's the spirit!

Onwards after lunch break. Note the family with two kids who went all the way to 雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak) and back in one day. That's the spirit!

A remarkable tree on the way that looks like a drill.

A remarkable tree on the way that looks like a drill.

After the 哭坡 (Ku po) the trail follows the ridge for a while.

After the 哭坡 (Ku po) the trail follows the ridge for a while.

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雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak), which we skipped this time. It's only a twenty meter walk from the trail but everyone had already been there several times.

雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak), which we skipped this time. It's only a twenty meter walk from the trail but everyone had already been there several times.

At last, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) in sight with the characteristic zig-zag trail towards the top.

At last, 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) in sight with the characteristic zig-zag trail towards the top.

The next day on the way to 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) inside the 黑森林 (Black forest).

The next day on the way to 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) inside the 黑森林 (Black forest).

This is where the view starts to get impressive: The side of 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan).

This is where the view starts to get impressive: The side of 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan).

The hiking trail goes right along this rock slope, so it's two steps forward, one step back.

The hiking trail goes right along this rock slope, so it's two steps forward, one step back.

Here you can see how steep the slope is. Still, if you pick the right stones to step on you can make good progress.

Here you can see how steep the slope is. Still, if you pick the right stones to step on you can make good progress.

The view upwards to what lies ahead.

The view upwards to what lies ahead.

This is the trail, right at the edge of the slope. Ironically, it is also the path that's most tiresome to walk.

This is the trail, right at the edge of the slope. Ironically, it is also the path that's most tiresome to walk.

Once on the ridge you get a beautiful view of 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).

Once on the ridge you get a beautiful view of 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao).

Only a few minutes of walking and you're at the top of 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan).

Only a few minutes of walking and you're at the top of 凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan).

凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan) is not part of the list of Taiwan's 100 peaks but the one in the background is: 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak), our destination of the day.

凱蘭特崑山 (Kai lan te kun shan) is not part of the list of Taiwan's 100 peaks but the one in the background is: 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak), our destination of the day.

The trail on the ridge makes sure you have excellent views in all directions as well as the occasional climbing challenge.

The trail on the ridge makes sure you have excellent views in all directions as well as the occasional climbing challenge.

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Again, 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) on the left.

Again, 雪山北峰 (Xue shan north peak) on the left.

After walking a around four kilometers we were able to see where we had left in the morning: 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut)

After walking a around four kilometers we were able to see where we had left in the morning: 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut)

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Looking back you can see 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao) near the center and 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak) to its left.

Looking back you can see 北稜角 (Bei leng jiao) near the center and 雪山主峰 (Xue shan main peak) to its left.

And looking forward you can see a whole range of mountain starting with 穆特勒布山 (Mu te le bu shan) on the left, 品田山 (Pin tian shan) in the middle and 桃山 (Tao shan) on the right.

And looking forward you can see a whole range of mountain starting with 穆特勒布山 (Mu te le bu shan) on the left, 品田山 (Pin tian shan) in the middle and 桃山 (Tao shan) on the right.

A close-up of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) my [local:/blog/2014/07/ favorite mountain] so far!

A close-up of 品田山 (Pin tian shan) my favorite mountain so far!

And a close-up of 穆特勒布山 (Mu te le bu shan) with 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) in the background.

And a close-up of 穆特勒布山 (Mu te le bu shan) with 大霸尖山 (Da ba jian shan) in the background.

雪北山屋 (Xue bei mountain hut) where we had lunch before the last short ascent to the top.

雪北山屋 (Xue bei mountain hut) where we had lunch before the last short ascent to the top.

Of course, right before we got to the top the fog started coming up.

Of course, right before we got to the top the fog started coming up.

Finally at the top! If you look carefully you can see 雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak) on the left.

Finally at the top! If you look carefully you can see 雪山東峰 (Xue shan east peak) on the left.

After the fog got thicker and thicker I put my camera away which, incidentally, also makes for a much faster descent.

After the fog got thicker and thicker I put my camera away which, incidentally, also makes for a much faster descent.

The inside of 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) ...

The inside of 三六九山莊 (369 mountain hut) ...

Not exactly a hotel but still pretty comfy for a mountain hut at over 3000 meters above sea level!

Not exactly a hotel but still pretty comfy for a mountain hut at over 3000 meters above sea level!