Hike for June 4th - Twisted Dragon
- Sorry for the late notification. It looks like nobody else is leading something tomorrow, so I'll jump in with one of my personal favorites: Twisted Dragon, which starts at Dragon's Back, and finishes in Repulse Bay.
Summary: 9:00 AM in Shau Kei Wan MTR. Duration: 4.5 hours. Difficulty:
Moderate-minus. Leader: Greg Blumenthal.
Meet at 9:00 AM in the Shau Kei Wan MTR station, downstairs near exit A (i.e towards the bus terminus). We'll take a #9 bus to the far end of Dragon's Back. Bit of a climb to to Dragon's Back, then we enjoy some of Hong Kong's best views as we walk the usual path back to the roundabout.
The next section is a little-known trail down to the catchwater. Normally that catchwater is a bit of a pain, because you walk forever on it, and never seem to get anywhere, but by taking this trail, we skip the boring bits, and add in some excitement. This section includes the infamous pipe-walk. Those who don't like pipe walking (or spiders) can skip this part by taking a #14 bus for a single stop. It may be pricey ($8.90 for about 2 minutes), but what price can you put on not plunging off a pipe to your death, or being consumed by spiders the size of a dinner plate?
From the catchwater, then we take one of the less-trodden sections of the Hong Kong Trail over to Tai Tam Reservoirs, have our lunch, then it's up to the gap between The Twins and Violet Hill, on one of the few unpaved trails in the vicinity, and down a short but slippery stream into Repulse Bay, where you will find buses back to civilization (and Stanley).
Perhaps 4-4.5 hours including lunch and some breaks, which makes for an early afternoon finish. Plenty of time to clean up before the candlelight democracy vigil.
I'll call it a moderate-minus. Nothing is available en-route, so bring what you want to eat/drink. Observatory is calling for hot and maybe rain. Kids who know how to hike are fine (but the bus around the hairy bit is mandatory for kids). As usual for HK Island, lots of bailout options are available. Plenty of extensions beckon from Repulse Gap too.
I'm reachable at 9047-0651. Hope to see you there!