Everything you need to know to hike this fairly tough hill climb on Lantau Island
By Time Out Hong Kong|
DESCRIPTION This is a special combination hike, walking from Mui Wo to Discovery Bay via the Olympic Trail and the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail. If it’s a clear day the view from the top of Lo Fu Tau is superb. Note: There is around 550m of climbing on this hike and the descent from Lo Fu Tau is steep and rugged.
Start out along the waterfront, picking up the signs for the Olympic Trail, which takes you out the back of Mui Wo, via the Waterfall Park and the Silvermine Cave. You then continue climbing until you reach A Po Long where you’ll meet the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail. This continues on up, on dirt now rather than concrete, with excellent views appearing (on a clear day) over the Discovery Bay Golf Course. As you approach the summit of Lo Fu Tau itself, there are more amazing views over the north east corner of Lantau Island. The initial descent is rugged, but then you pass through a pavilion above Discovery Bay with a view compass and down several flights of well-formed concrete steps to enter the bay itself through Parkvale Village before finishing at the Plaza, where you’ll find refreshments. The ferry pier to Central is adjacent. There is also a beach for those in need of a cool-off. From Discovery Bay there are regular ferries back to Central, and buses to Sunny Bay and Tung Chung.
USEFUL INFO The entire hike is on paved paths or well-defined dirt trails. However, one 1km section is on a steep and rugged descending path. Please wear hiking shoes or strong trainers with a good tread. This hike is not suitable for beginners; you need the fitness to walk uphill pretty constantly for over an hour. Bring at least two litres of water and some snacks. Bring a hat and sunblock – much of this route is without shade.
TIME OUT RATING Speed: 2.5 Length: 2 (about 8-9 km) Gradient (Ascent): 2.1 (about 550m in total) Surface: 2.5 Overall: 2.4; add 0.25 for heat & humidity = 2.65
GETTING THERE Get to Mui Wo from Central Ferry Pier 6. We recommend the 9.50am fast ferry to help make the most of your day.