|At the summit of Mt. Datunshan south peak (Mr. Wang picture)|
|Start from Yangming park (south) to Erziping parking area|
|Mt. Datunshan west peak momentarily shows its peak|
That was then and we had a cold rainy day for this hiking under Manjituan (慢集團 Andante) group of hikers. We followed the same course of last December, going along Houkan historical trail (猴崁古道) to Zhuzihu (竹子湖) and then onto the steep climb route to the south peak. After many days of rain, the dirt trail turned out be a slippery demon, while rain drops on tall thin bamboos made clothes wet. All members struggled such bad trails and reached the peak. I discovered that some members showed fatigue and time was rather late for the original route down. Rain made the original decent route, also an unofficial Datunggu (大屯谷) valley trail, more difficult to go down. So I made a change in the course and walked on an official trail to Erziping (二子坪) to complete the hike.
|All geared up for rain at the starting point|
|Entering Yanmingshan Park (by Mt. Wu)|
|Going up Qinchunling steep steps (by Mr. Wu)|
|Pavilion shelter at the top of steep steps (by Mr. Wu)|
|Walking on a car road (by Mr. Wu)|
|The trail goes along a canal|
|Crossing the branch stream (by Mr. Wu)|
|Peaks of Mr. Datung is in mist|
|On Qingfeng train (by Mr. Wang)|
|Have a break on the way up|
|Go level by the hillside|
|Lunch at Datunping pavilion shelter (by Mr. Wu)|
|Going up to the south peak in mist (by Mr. Wu)|
|At the junction under the south peak|
I make an announcement that we will change a course and not go down by the original Datungu trail, which is also an unofficial trail. Two of the members leave us and go down by themselves. The rest of us, 17 in total, first go back on the trail that we have come down. When we pass the junction to the south peak, a thermometer shows 10 degree. No wonder I felt cold when we had a lunch a while ago. We keep on the good trail and come up onto a grass field. Wind blows through, which makes a little chilly. The scenery around is all in thick fog. We reach the summit at 13:05. It is a pity that friends from Tainan (台南) cannot have a good view from the summit, which they could have a good command over all Taipei area if the sky were clear.
|At the junction of main trail left to Erziping|
It was a strenuous hike though the total distance was just less than 10 km. It was so because the very slippery steep trail was tough and rain kept falling during the entire activity. It was a kind of training, namely hiking on a tough trail in a rainy day. If you think that way, this kind of hiking is not without its value.