Hike for March 3rd - Dog's Tooth (or maybe not)
Meet: Tung Chung MTR (Delifrance/Starbucks) at 9:50
Difficulty: Strenuous - Experienced Hikers Only
Duration: 5 Hours
Leader: Greg Blumenthal - 9047-0651
Dog's Tooth is a tough hike. It's a long, steep ridge, climbing from the Shek
Pik Dam near sea level 900m up to Hong Kong's 2nd highest peak (Lantau). With
some hand-and-foot climbing on a rather scary knife edge, it is not for the
faint of heart, or for inexperienced hikers. It's also one of the most scenic
ridges in Hong Kong, exposed almost from the start, with beautiful forested
valleys on both sides, plus the Shek Pik Reservoir resplendent below. You can
get an idea of the layout in this picture (the ridge in the distance from the
right side of the reservoir all the way to the top):
That said, there's not a particularly high chance that we'll actually be doing
Dog's Tooth on Saturday. It's not safe to hike the ridge in rain or heavy fog,
and with the recent (and predicted) weather, it's not looking too good.
Continuing right along, we join the main trail up Lantau Peak just shy of the
top (from the main trail, you can spot the end of the Dog's Tooth trail from the
"Danger! Road Closed! Do not pass this point! Cliffs!" sign posted at the top).
From the top we'll head down towards the saddle between Lantau and Sunset Peaks,
where you can either take a bus or walk back to Tung Chung (I plan on walking).
Should be 4-6 hours.
If Dog's Tooth is off due to the weather, I'll substitute a similarly strenuous,
but less treacherous, walk up the endless steps to just below Sunset Peak, then
along the ridges to the left, past Lin Fa Shan, down to the hills behind Mui Wo,
and up again to Discovery Bay.
For Dog's Tooth, we'll take No 11 bus at 10:05, so if you find yourself on a
train that arrives at Tung Chung after 9:55, run for the bus and you might make
it. If you miss the bus, I'm afraid you miss the hike. Please remember that you
may wait up to 12 minutes for a train to Tung Chung. The substitute hike departs
directly from Tung Chung.
I suggest bringing pants, shoes, food, wate... Wait a second, why am I telling
you these things? I already said experienced hikers only, so if you don't know
what to bring, you shouldn't be on this hike (but Anna and Michael have a nice
one on HK Island).
I'm reachable at 9047-0651. Hope to see you there!