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鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan)

posted by Martin Rubli at 09:56

With the same kind of imagination that lets people see ice cream and princess shapes in rock formations you can probably see the knob of a goose when looking at 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan) from afar. It literally translates to "Gander knob mountain".

With 1579 meters it's one of the more prominent mountains ("hills", as I like to call them) in the Hsinchu area. It had been on my to do list for a while and with relatively good weather and an afternoon to kill by myself I figured it would be good to get out for a bit.

Riding a scooter to the entrance (altitude: ca. 860 m) takes about an hour and hiking up is supposed to take close to two hours. To my surprise I found myself at the top after a mere hour. I'll have to find a longer route for next time. :-)


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The first trail head to 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan). Various maps, all with contradicting information, can be a little confusing, but this one is the most obvious one.

The first trail head to 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan). Various maps, all with contradicting information, can be a little confusing, but this one is the most obvious one.

The stairs in the first turn lead up to a nice little forest trail that avoids a few hundred meters of concrete road. I chose the concrete road on the way up and the forest trail on the way down for maximum [http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=24.61885&lon=121.08541&zoom=15&layers=M map coverage].

The stairs in the first turn lead up to a nice little forest trail that avoids a few hundred meters of concrete road. I chose the concrete road on the way up and the forest trail on the way down for maximum map coverage.

View eastwards.

View eastwards.

The long and not-really-winding concrete road up towards the real trail head. Approximately the first 1.2 km are like this before the trail starts.

The long and not-really-winding concrete road up towards the real trail head. Approximately the first 1.2 km are like this before the trail starts.

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A view platform from which you can see most of Hsinchu on a clear day.

A view platform from which you can see most of Hsinchu on a clear day.

However, on a hazy day the prominent 五指山 (Wu zhi shan or Five Finger Mountain) is about as far as you can see. (The view of the little finger is blocked by the tree.)

However, on a hazy day the prominent 五指山 (Wu zhi shan or Five Finger Mountain) is about as far as you can see. (The view of the little finger is blocked by the tree.)

This is where the forest trail joins the concrete road again.

This is where the forest trail joins the concrete road again.

A few turns further you can finally see 五指山 (Wu zhi shan) in its entirety. This is the south side where you can actually drive to the top of the middle finger using a service road.

A few turns further you can finally see 五指山 (Wu zhi shan) in its entirety. This is the south side where you can actually drive to the top of the middle finger using a service road.

From here it's pretty much all forest trail and no view until the top.

From here it's pretty much all forest trail and no view until the top.

There's a second trail down to what is labeled 第二登山口 (Second trail head).

There's a second trail down to what is labeled 第二登山口 (Second trail head).

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Almost at the top!

Almost at the top!

After exactly an hour of hiking I had reached the top of 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan), 1579 meters above sea level. (Think about this picture for a bit.)

''Hint: ˙ɐɹǝɯɐɔ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ op oʇ ƃuıɥʇǝɯoS''

After exactly an hour of hiking I had reached the top of 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan), 1579 meters above sea level. (Think about this picture for a bit.)

Hint: ˙ɐɹǝɯɐɔ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ op oʇ ƃuıɥʇǝɯoS

There's light at the end of the tunnel! Unfortunately, the light is backlit fog. According to Google Earth you should be able to see the ocean from here on a clear day. Or you could be lucky enough to have a [http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19175441 view like this]. I guess this mountain will go on my nice weather to-do-again list.

There's light at the end of the tunnel! Unfortunately, the light is backlit fog. According to Google Earth you should be able to see the ocean from here on a clear day. Or you could be lucky enough to have a view like this. I guess this mountain will go on my nice weather to-do-again list.

The top of 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan).

The top of 鵝公髻山 (E gong ji shan).

Almost back at the trail head again. This is the forest trail at the bottom, leading through beautiful trees.

Almost back at the trail head again. This is the forest trail at the bottom, leading through beautiful trees.

Back down again at the stairs in the first turn.

Back down again at the stairs in the first turn.


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