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畢羊縱走 (Bi lu Yang tou ridge trail)

posted by Martin Rubli at 06:43

Here's another trip report from 2020. We had actually planned this hike for 2019 but had to cancel because of an approaching typhoon at the time. A year later we were luckier with the weather and the middle of summer is quite suitable for such a one-day challenge because there's not a lot to bring along.

We stayed the night before in 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) which is just a few walking minutes away from the 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) trail head. Because we were going to come back down from a different trail head about 15 km away we booked a shuttle that would pick us up and take us back to 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling).

You'll notice that there are large stretches without photos and a few smartphone photos are mixed in. I had my DSLR stowed away in my backpack for most of the trip because with all the ups and downs it's nice to have your hands free. Also, it was fairly cloudy for most of the day, which reduces the motivation to have a camera dangling from your neck. Still, I hope you get an impression of what the route was like.

I had hiked both of the two mountains separately about four years earlier. Here are links to the corresponding posts:

2016: 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan)
2016: 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan)

Overview


(Click the image for a larger version.)

The bottom left is 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) where we started our hike (the short straight line there is the tunnel). The lower right is 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head) where we finished and were picked up by the shuttle.


A different perspective with the car ride back in blue.

大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) – 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) – 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) – 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head)

0505: Departure from 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling), 2450 m
0735: Begin ascent at 8.4 km (waterfall), 2442 m
0900: Rope climbing
0945: Ridge trail fork, 3340 m, short break
1000: Arrival at 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan), 3371 m
1035: Departure
1040: Ridge trail fork
1105: Dry valley, 3270 m
1230: 鋸山 (Ju shan), 3275 m
1235: Continue
1305: 2.1 km campsite, 3162 m
1355: Ridge trail fork towards 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) and 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head), 3040 m
1410: Continue
1450: Arrival at 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan), 3035 m
1520: Departure
1600: Ridge trail fork
1605: Continue towards 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head)
1750: Arrival at 慈恩登山口 (Ci en trail head)

Total: ca. 18.9 km, 12h40min (incl. 1h40min breaks)

Peakfinder

畢祿山 (Bi lu shan)


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羊頭山 (Yang tou shan)


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Photos

The caterpillar of a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calliteara_pudibunda tussock moth] we encountered the night before the hike.

The caterpillar of a tussock moth we encountered the night before the hike.

The famous climbing section on the way to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) where you have to pull yourself up on roots and ropes for a few meters.

The famous climbing section on the way to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) where you have to pull yourself up on roots and ropes for a few meters.

At the ridge close to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan). We first turned left to the peak and later returned to continue our way to 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan).

At the ridge close to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan). We first turned left to the peak and later returned to continue our way to 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan).

The view here is great but you do want to watch your step ...

The view here is great but you do want to watch your step ...

合歡北峰 (He huan north peak) to the south west.

合歡北峰 (He huan north peak) to the south west.

The last few meters to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

The last few meters to 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

無明山 (Wu ming shan) to the north east with its prominent scree slope. Hiding in the clouds behind it would be 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

無明山 (Wu ming shan) to the north east with its prominent scree slope. Hiding in the clouds behind it would be 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

The usual celebratory peak jumping ...

The usual celebratory peak jumping ...

... at the top of 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

... at the top of 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan).

Birds aren't shy here and have become accustomed to sharing snacks with hikers.

Birds aren't shy here and have become accustomed to sharing snacks with hikers.

鋸子連峰 (Ju zi lian feng or "sawtooth hill chain") between 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) and 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan). While the ridge trail doesn't pass through every hilltop there is a fair bit of up and down, and this is the exhausting part of the hike.

鋸子連峰 (Ju zi lian feng or "sawtooth hill chain") between 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan) and 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan). While the ridge trail doesn't pass through every hilltop there is a fair bit of up and down, and this is the exhausting part of the hike.

The trail down a dry valley behind the first hill which would be way too steep to scale head on. After about 150 meters the valley trail leaves to the right but the signage is poor (looking at you, Taroko national park administration!), which caused three hikers to get lost a few months later, requiring a rescue operation.

The trail down a dry valley behind the first hill which would be way too steep to scale head on. After about 150 meters the valley trail leaves to the right but the signage is poor (looking at you, Taroko national park administration!), which caused three hikers to get lost a few months later, requiring a rescue operation.

View back up the dry valley.

View back up the dry valley.

The short climb to the top of 鋸山 (Ju shan), the only one peak in the hill chain with a name (translating to "saw mountain").

The short climb to the top of 鋸山 (Ju shan), the only one peak in the hill chain with a name (translating to "saw mountain").

On top of 鋸山 (Ju shan).

On top of 鋸山 (Ju shan).

The view towards 無明山 (Wu ming shan), now also enshrouded in clouds.

The view towards 無明山 (Wu ming shan), now also enshrouded in clouds.

無明山 (Wu ming shan) once again, this time just below the cloud cover.

無明山 (Wu ming shan) once again, this time just below the cloud cover.

Finally at the other end of the ridge trail. Again, we would climb 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) first before heading down to the other trail head.

Finally at the other end of the ridge trail. Again, we would climb 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) first before heading down to the other trail head.

Our arrival on 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) concided with the weather suddenly improving and the cloud cover lifting to reveal not only 無明山 (Wu ming shan) on the left but also 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) in the far center.

Our arrival on 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan) concided with the weather suddenly improving and the cloud cover lifting to reveal not only 無明山 (Wu ming shan) on the left but also 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan) in the far center.

A close-up of the majestic 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

A close-up of the majestic 中央尖山 (Zhong yang jian shan).

The view back to the ridge along we had hiked from 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan). The grassy mountain on the left side is 合歡北峰 (He huan north peak).

The view back to the ridge along we had hiked from 畢祿山 (Bi lu shan). The grassy mountain on the left side is 合歡北峰 (He huan north peak).

The view towards 武嶺 (Wu ling). If you look closely you can see part of the road leading from 武嶺 (Wu ling) to 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) where we had started our hike in the morning. On the right-hand side is 合歡北峰 (He huan north peak) with its prominent microwave reflector half-way up.

The view towards 武嶺 (Wu ling). If you look closely you can see part of the road leading from 武嶺 (Wu ling) to 大禹嶺 (Da yu ling) where we had started our hike in the morning. On the right-hand side is 合歡北峰 (He huan north peak) with its prominent microwave reflector half-way up.

奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak) just beneath the clouds.

奇萊北峰 (Qi lai north peak) just beneath the clouds.

Celebrating at the top of 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan).

Celebrating at the top of 羊頭山 (Yang tou shan).


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