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A frog goes hiking: 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan)

posted by Martin Rubli at 15:23

After 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) just over a month ago I now had the chance to climb 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan), the neighboring peak for which we didn't have time or energy at the time.

Instead of going in from 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head) we picked 820林道 (Forest road 820) this time, which starts just on the other side of the tunnel at 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling). The forest "road" is better described as the 8.5 kilometer long remains of an old logging road. It has been hit by so many landslides that it's hard to imagine vehicles passing through there many years ago. From the end of the road, at around 2500 meters above sea level, it's a 1.2 km short but steep ascent to over 3300 meters. It all adds up to a hike of about 20 kilometers that took us almost 12 hours including breaks.

The weather was flawless and the view was amazing. In hindsight it may have been easier to start from the other trailhead, but that's for another trip to confirm.

Below is all the technical information about the trip as well as the photos from the night before and of course from the hiking trip itself.


Overview


(Click the image for a larger version.)


Elevation chart

大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) and back



GPS track


Hiking log

(As always, the altitudes are approximate.)

0645: Departure from 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling), 2550 m
0945: Break at around 8 km, 2580 m
1010: Continue
1030: Begin ascent at 8.4 km (waterfall), 2590 m
1230: Arrival at the ridge crossroads, 3340 m, break
1245: Arrival at 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan), 3371 m
1350: Departure from ridge crossroads
1505: Arrival at 8.4 km (waterfall), break
1520: Break at around 8 km
1615: Departure
1840: Back at 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling)


Photos

The view from 武嶺, at 3275 meters above sea level.

The view from 武嶺, at 3275 meters above sea level.

合歡山東峰 (He huan east peak) just before sunset.

合歡山東峰 (He huan east peak) just before sunset.

The view towards 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan), the pointy one in the far center. The sunlit area much closer is 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) which we climbed the next day.

The view towards 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan), the pointy one in the far center. The sunlit area much closer is 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) which we climbed the next day.

The sunlit peak on the left is 奇萊主峰 (Qi lai main peak) and the round one just right of center is 奇萊南峰 (Qi lai south peak).

The sunlit peak on the left is 奇萊主峰 (Qi lai main peak) and the round one just right of center is 奇萊南峰 (Qi lai south peak).

合歡山隧道 (He huan shan tunnel) near 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) the next morning. The trailhead is just on the other side.

合歡山隧道 (He huan shan tunnel) near 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) the next morning. The trailhead is just on the other side.

820林道 (Forest road 820), which can hardly be called a road anymore. Over the years it has been hit by countless landslides.

820林道 (Forest road 820), which can hardly be called a road anymore. Over the years it has been hit by countless landslides.

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One of the several waterfalls on the way.

One of the several waterfalls on the way.

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From some parts of the trail you can see 佳陽山 (Jia yang shan) near the middle with the rock slide as well as 大劍山 (Da jian shan) just right of the grasslands.

From some parts of the trail you can see 佳陽山 (Jia yang shan) near the middle with the rock slide as well as 大劍山 (Da jian shan) just right of the grasslands.

A tree looming dangerously over the trail.

A tree looming dangerously over the trail.

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Point 8.4 km of the forest road, very close to where the real ascent begins.

Point 8.4 km of the forest road, very close to where the real ascent begins.

While 1.6 kilometres literally is a walk in the (national) park there are 800 meters of elevation to climb on just 1.4 kilometers, which makes it everything else but a metaphorical walk in the park.

While 1.6 kilometres literally is a walk in the (national) park there are 800 meters of elevation to climb on just 1.4 kilometers, which makes it everything else but a metaphorical walk in the park.

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A great view of the 合歡山 (He huan shan) and 奇萊山 (Qi lai shan) area. The grassy mountain on the right is 合歡山北峰 (He huan shan north peak) and the rocky one on the left is 奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak).

A great view of the 合歡山 (He huan shan) and 奇萊山 (Qi lai shan) area. The grassy mountain on the right is 合歡山北峰 (He huan shan north peak) and the rocky one on the left is 奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak).

A short but near-vertical climb along the way.

A short but near-vertical climb along the way.

Another peek at 奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak).

Another peek at 奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak).

View down along the trail. If you look carefully you can see a few colorful dots hiking. :-)

View down along the trail. If you look carefully you can see a few colorful dots hiking. :-)

And the view upwards near the ridge.

And the view upwards near the ridge.

Finally, the crossroads on the ridge, very close to the top of 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

Finally, the crossroads on the ridge, very close to the top of 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

The last 200 meters before the top.

The last 200 meters before the top.

The view back from near the top.

The view back from near the top.

Finally at the top, posing with 無明山 (Wu ming shan) in the background. 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) is already covered in clouds.

Finally at the top, posing with 無明山 (Wu ming shan) in the background. 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) is already covered in clouds.

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