JiaLi Mountain -加里山

Jialishan (加里山 / JiaLi Mountain) is located in in the Nanzhuang Township of Miaoli County, along the Jialishan mountain range. The range is regarded as the northern part of the “Western Thrust Fault Mountains.” The Jialishan range faces the Xueshan Range on the east, and the Alishan Range on the south. The area was once used by the Japanese to transport wood, camphor oil, citronella oil and coal down from the mountain slopes.

This trail is well maintained, but a relatively steep climb of over 4km (one-way), passing through beautiful pine forests, abandoned Japanese rail lines, and more forested beauty. This is a beautiful hike for intermediate level hikers in Taiwan, and a nice challenge for those who are just getting their feet dirty on Taiwan’s various trails.

Photo credit: Taiwan Trails and Tales

As always, please be a responsible hiker and stay on the trail, don’t feed the animals and pack out the garbage that you bring with you. Be respectful of others while outdoors, as well as being respectful of those communities we visit or pass through.

Hikes/Trails & Points of Interest:

There is only a single trail, out and back, from the trailhead up to the peak of Jialishan. The trail spans 6.6 kilometers one way, and has an elevation gain of 785 meters. The route will take Parkbus hikers from the parking area up to the peak of Jialishan. As this is a Scenic Area of Miaoli County, the trail is maintained and in decent shape. This trail is suitable for hikers with moderate fitness and some hiking experience or for any experienced hikers in Taiwan looking for a beautiful day out on a fun trail.

Photo credit: Map Room Explorers

Points of Interest:

The Views and the Mountain / 空中走廊 – The views from atop the peak of Jialishan are an attraction in and of itself and on a clear day hikers can see all the way to the coastal cities on the west of Taiwan. During autumn and winter there is a chance to see the “sea of clouds” as well!

Chinese language map of Five Finger Mountain.

JiaLi Mountain is listed as one of the Taiwan’s 100 mountains! Ok….wait. We should provide a bit more detail here. There are in fact 2 lists of ‘100 Peaks’ in Taiwan, (200!). One is a list of 100 peaks that are over 3,000 meters above sea level, known as the “Bai Yue” (台灣百岳). These are not ranked, nor are they actually the hardest hikes in Taiwan (some are!), but rather representative of the diversity and variety of hiking experiences in Taiwan. The other is a list of 100 Peaks that are more suitable for beginner to novice hikers and can be climbed easily known as the “Small Bai Yue” (小百岳). JiaLi Mountain is on the list of smaller peaks.

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