|Mt. Nangan rock route #2|
|The rock routes are under the main peaks of Mt. Nangang|
|We start from Yongchun High School bus stop|
|Tianbaogong Temple, The trail is on the left side of the building|
|The train entrance|
|A view from the Tenbaogong terrace, Yangming mountains are visible afar|
|A view of Nangang peaks from Beixingbaogong;|
rock routes are just under these peaks
If you want to access any of the rock routes, you have to study a map yourself or go with somebody familiar with the routes as there are no sign there showing the direction. There are three paths connecting the rock route access footpath. A friend of mine and I started from YongChun (永春高中) High School and went through one of the connecting paths from the south side and passed by Jingzhiting (靜之亭) pavilion to enter the common access footpath. We climbed the #3 route as my friend tried this kind of route for the first time and felt that the #2 was too much. After we reached the main Nature Trail which goes on the top of the main mountain ridge, we followed the trail to Jiuwu peak, the highest point in the mountain. We went down via Mt. Xiangshan (象山) to the MRT station.
|Main Nature Trail|
|Peaks of Chatian Mountain range are visible in the distance|
|A junction on the main trail, turn left here|
|Going up to Jingzhiting pavilion|
|Pavilion platform, go to the end of this flat place to turn right|
|Left one is the rock route common access path|
|The common access pathway|
|The #3 rock route|
|Climbing the upper half of the #3 route|
A thermometer affixed on the pavilion pillar indicates 25 degree. No wonder it is warm today. The weather is still fine. A little after twelve we start a way back. We go back to Jiuwu peak, but not to the top but go around by a hillside pathway. We go over Nangang peak and down to a platform where a good view of the Taipei Basin is just there beneath you. We come to a point where a little path diverges to right. We take this one, which goes down to the #4 rock route. It is usually more difficult to go down rock routes than go up, but this one has tons of handrails and ropes, which make it pretty safe for ether way. Of course you have to pay close attention to your steps as you go down regardless of safety installment.
|A view of Taipei from the Nangang Peak|
|A view of Mt. Xiangshan from the #4 rock route|
|Bottom part of the #4 rock route|
|Busy Xiangshan trail, even kids are going up|
The rock climbing routes are not only interesting but giving you a chance to get used to this kind of hiking routes that you may well come across when you go beyond simple stone paved trails. If you are a novice, you can start with an easiest one like #1 or #5 then try harder one after that. My friend told me that she would like to try the #2 next time. But keep in your mind that it can be dangerous if you are not prepared. A female hiker fell down and died when she was climbing the #2 route only last January.