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Winding through a mystical forest in Alishan National Forest is a trail that leaves a lasting impression on hikers. The 9-kilometer (one-way) Mian Yue hiking trail traverses a mix of old-growth and secondary forests and has become one of the most popular hiking routes over the years due to its seclusion and unique cultural heritage. The Mianyue Line (眠月線) in Alishan National Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County features a number of elevated bridges, tunnels and historical sites.
The Fenrui Historical Trail is a 7km trail between the mountain villages of Fenqihu and Ruelli in Chiayi County in Taiwan. The hike is moderate if walked one way and is characterized by the incredibly tall and dense bamboo forests that lie between the two villages. Take your time to enjoy the stunning lookout point in the middle of the trail which offers stunning views across the surrounding mountains.
Pingxi Historic Trail & Shikong Historic Trail 坪溪古道 & 石空古道 were once important hiking and travel routes in Northern Taiwan. These historical Taiwanese hiking routes were used extensively during the Qing Dynasty period for those trading and traveling between the Tamsui and Kavalan prefectures of Taiwan. Totally 10km, these connected trails take hikers from New Taipei City to the east coast of Yilan County.
Five of Taiwan’s most accessible top 100 peaks lie in this relatively small area in the Central Mountain Range of Taiwan. The Central Mountain Range lies on the border of Nantou and Hualien counties. Due to its unique position, Hehuanshan is a gorgeous location to hike the high mountains, camp, and view some of Taiwan’s history. There was once an operating ski lift on the East Peak, and the remnants are still visible.
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.
綠水文山步道 & 溫泉
Located less then one-hour away from Hualien City, Lushui-Wenshan Trail (綠水文山步道) is a fantastic day hike in the famous Taroko National Park. Not only do hikers get to experience a beautiful hike through subtropical forests with stunning views of cliffs and mountain peaks within the world’s deepest marble gorge, this trail ends with a visit to the picturesque Wenshan Hot Springs (文山溫泉).
Conquer one of Guguan’s Seven Heroes (谷關七雄) hiking trails! In fact, at 2305m, Malun Mountain (馬崙山) is the second-highest mountain peak among the famed Seven Heroes. Regardless of the elevation, this is not an overly difficult climb. It is long and a steady climb (with some steeper sections of elevation gains) and offers hikers a range of forest ecosystems and unique trail features that may this hike a must-do.
Huisun Forest Area is located in north central Nantou County in the heart of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. This protected area is the largest forest farm among the four experimental forest farms affiliated to National Chung Hsing University and is managed by this university’s Department of Agriculture.
If you have never been to Basianshan (Eight Deities Mountain) National Forest Recreation Area you are in for a treat. This destination is a paradise for mountain birds and mammals such as the Muntjac Deer. Explore the park and its many short trails featuring diverse landscapes and if you have come to tackle the tallest of the famous Seven Heroes of Guguan, you won’t be disappointed. From rugged rivers to bamboo forests, from quiet trails to forest patios, this is a great Parkbus destination.