This moderate hike includes quite a bit of hill-climbing on steps − equivalent to about 200 floors of a building, split over three sections. The hike starts at Tai Koo MTR and ascends via the Wilson Trail reaching the ridge line just to the west of Mount Butler, before following the same path as the Hong Kong Trail down by the quarry and then up over Jardine’s Lookout. The hike passes Parkview, where there is the option to exit by taxi (come on, don’t be a lightweight!) and then proceeds down the road to finish at Wong Nai Chung Gap where there are buses to various destinations.
This hike is on well-defined dirt trails, but with several long climbs up steps which are rocky in places, as well as two similar descents. Please wear hiking shoes or strong trainers with a good tread. Those with dodgy knees will definitely benefit from walking poles. This hike requires a reasonable level of fitness for some significant hill climbing. It’s suitable for beginners who are both fit and psychologically prepared to climb up steps for three hours. Bring plenty of water (at least 1.5 litres) and some snacks. Also bring a hat and sunblock − much of this hike is exposed to the sun.
TIME OUT RATING
Length: 2 (about 8 km)
Gradient (Ascent): 3 (about 630m in total)
Easy: Tai Koo MTR Exit B at street level, then simply follow the markings to the Wilson Trail.