Taipei’s Valley of Waterfalls

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  1. 1 Lynnie May 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Another way to access Barbarian Valley is to take the Pingxi line train to Dahua and walk further on the tracks for about 100 meters, take the path down to the river and cross on the bridge. On the other side the main trail turns left but turning right there is an untagged farmers trail going through bamboo fields and forest for about 1 kilometer to the end of the road that comes down from the ticket booth and car park of the abandoned temple theme park that is Barbarian Valley. Where the path comes out, on the right is a bridge which goes to a farmhouse and the road end. Just over the bridge on the right is a slippery concrete path that goes down to the main river and there is a home made bridge crossing the rocks and some steps back up to the train line next to I think the second or third tunnel after SanDiaoLing. One could walk directly from SandiaoLing of course but you would need to know the train schedule or risk getting flattened especially in the first tunnel which is quite long. That particular stretch of the river is nice and quiet probably because the grumpy guard at the ticket office doesn’t let people come in via the road route.Since I bamboozled him by coming out that way, he couldn’t do anything about it as I hurried off! The buildings are all derelict and overgrown but the road is fine although the waterfall views on the other side of the river are obscured. That road links the top end of the SanDiaoLing waterfall paths with a couple of roads joining the 106 road between ShiFenLaio and Rueifang.

    • 2 Richard May 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Great info, Lyndon, thanks! I think you mean the little chain of footbridges across the river at the Dahua Potholes. I’ve never explored much further on the Barbarian Valley side of the river, but but it sounds worth doing. We once got into the valley via the topmost of the three waterfalls accessible from the end of the Sandiaoling Waterfall trail and, like you said, astonished the guard by walking out the entrance (!), but the old trails were viciously overgrown; your way sounds better! Shame the waterfalls aren’t easy to see any more.
      Walking to Sandiaoling station along the rails would be an adventure – there’s also a parallel trail or two apparently, but I’ve never got round to exploring that area of the valley -one day!

  2. 3 Lynnie May 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Yes, I noticed you mentioned the Dahua Potholes in more detail on Page 81. The path system to get to Dahua from SanDiaoLing begins at the stairs after the last building to the right of the first tunnel after crossing the bridge from the train station. The path is used by farmers who live in isolated spots along the way. There are also a few paths leading to the main ridge higher up. It’s a quiet area where barking deer can be heard early in the morning.

  3. 4 Lynnie September 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

    At the top of Pipa Waterfall, the highest of the three waterfalls, mentioned on Page 140 Pt.8 there is a series of concrete steps across the stream. As an alternative choice to the route to Dahua, this other way goes to HouTong. The path goes from the other side of the stream up some steps and on to a shrine at the end of a road. Look to the right and the path follows a small stream and then goes up and down as it weaves through the headwaters of the stream that comes down near SanDiaoLing.
    The path has been renovated and there are benches and information boards as well as sign boards in Chinese and English. This is more of a jungle immersion hike than an opportunity for big views.There are the remains of old stone houses in a couple of places. The path goes behind Lions Mouth Peak deeper in the range although there is a linking path. The path goes down to a farm road on the outskirts of HouTong. Just outside SanDiaoLing Station exit, the map board marks this route and I think starting in SanDiaoLing is better. It’s also possible to connect with the main ridge seperating this drainage from the ridges going down to RueiFang one of which i took last week but that’s a much rougher path. This SanDiaoLing waterfall and outer loop route shouldn’t be confused with the direct route to Lions Mouth Peak which starts before the first waterfall.

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