Introducing Dakeng Hiking Trails – 大坑登山步道介紹

If you have not been to the Dakeng Scenic Area in Taichung, you are in for some of the most unique trails you’ve ever hiked on! The Dakeng Hiking Trails are one of Taichung’s more popular areas, due to the vast network of trails, which are elevated wooden logs, and the scenery, which you’ve most likely seen on social media! There are 10 trails, and they are named Dakeng Trail #1 – #10. The first five trails are further out of the city, and more difficult and fun, with great views of Taichung and the surrounding mountains.

如果你還沒有去過位於台中的大坑風景區,代表你還沒去過中台灣最知名的自然景區之一!大坑登山步道是台中最受歡迎的地區之一,因為步道網龐大,而且幾乎都是高架的原木,以及你最有可能在社交媒體上看到的網美風景照片背景!大坑登山步道區總共有10條步道,被命名為大坑步道#1到#10,前五條步道距離市區較遠,難度較大,但相對的也更有趣,可以欣賞到台中和周圍群山的美景。

The trails of Dakeng

Hiking Trails in Dakeng

There are 10 different hiking trails available to visitors to this area. The first five are further out of the city, and connected via one through trail. These are the elevated log paths as seen in the image above. They trails are considered more difficult, but don’t fear, as they are still relatively easy for beginner and intermediate hikers.

Trails six through ten are closer the the city and considered very easy. These are for beginners or for those who wish to not exert themselves too much.

Dakeng Trails #1-5

This network of trails is what most people come to see. These trails are higher in elevation than the others, and are steeper and more challenging, with better views. Trails number 1, 2, 3, and 4 run parallel on different ridge lines, with trail number 5 connecting the tops of each of the previous four trails. Each trail climbs roughly 400 meters in elevation, from 400m to 800m. Dakeng Trails #1-5 combine to offer hikers approximately 15km of hiking.

Taichung's Dakeng Trail Map in English
Taichung’s Dakeng Trail Map in English

These trails are a bit steep and sometimes are elevated. The trails are equipped with staircases and fixed ropes and they are suitable for averagely fit people.

Most of the steep parts of the trails are staircases made of logs. Those logs can be widely apart, and it is not uncommon to accidentally put a leg in between. So be careful with each step!

It’s common for hikers to wear gloves, but it isn’t necessary, for the log handrails and the rope sections. A cheap pair of gardening gloves will do just fine.

Several public washrooms are available at the trailheads of Dakeng Trails #1, 2 and 4. You will need to pack water and any snacks or refreshments that you’ll need for the day out.

Published by Parkbus Taiwan

Parkbus Taiwan is a solutions-oriented tourism initiative aimed at connecting city to nature through reliable, reservable and responsible transportation options.

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