Trails are the way to go if you want to get close to the beauty of nature in Yangmingshan.
Yangmingshan trails are properly structured. The maps are easy to read, and the signs along the way are quite clear.
There is even a specifically established pedestrian separation system, separating the sidewalk and traffic lane, which brings convenience and safety.
The trails link up with various types of terrain and scenic spots inside the park and connect to the surrounding areas. Take the scenery in Bei-toe, Tamsui, San-zhi and Jin-shan, and the hot springs for example.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery by walking along the trails while becoming more acquainted with the place and relaxing your body and mind.
Coming to Yangmingshan, you can pick a trail well suited to your time and stamina to stroll around.
You can take the shuttle bus or drive a car to arrive at a trail entrance without a hitch.
Take note of many trails paved with stones in Yangmingshan. It's wise to wear sneakers or slip-resistant shoes while hiking the trails.
There are even reserve trails in Yangmingshan National Park. They are very difficult to hike. Fences are used to separate them from normal trails. They require that you apply to the national park prior to entrance.
The trail system in Yangmingshan National Park can be divided into: Da-tun Mountain System, Qi-xing Mountain System and Qing-tian-gang System . They are very accessible going uphill from Bei-toe or Shih-lin.
Going uphill from Shih-lin, you'll first encounter Sha-mao mountain belonging to the Qi-xing Mountain System.
Tian-mu Historic Trail
Many people who hike in Sha-mao Mountain walk the Tian-mu Historic Trail.
If you pick this route, you can see the American Military Housing established in the vicinity of Chinese Culture University in 1950.
There were as many as 150 buildings in the housing complex. After the military left, the area became run by Bank of Taiwan, and part of it became obsolete. The initial plan was to dismantle the entire complex;
fortunately, the local Culture Office staff bent over backwards to fight for preservation, giving us the opportunity to see these beautiful and historical buildings.
Sha-mao Mountain Hiking Trail
Continuing going uphill, you can see the hiking entrance to Sha-mao Mountain next to the Qianshan Park around the corner of Yangmingshan Bus Terminal.
Across from the street are the hot spring public baths. The springs are exceptional in quality and all for free.
There are locals who frequently drive here in order to enjoy the gift from mother nature.
The old entrance next to the Yangmingshan Parking Lot is traditional in appearance, serving as the memory of Yangmingshan to the Taiwanese. You can get to the Grass Mountain Chateau from here.
There is Hengling Historic Trail nearby. Going downhill, you can get to Liu-ku Hot Springs.
Yangming Book House
Walk uphill alongside Floral Clock, the landmark of Yangmingshan. There is the Yangming Book House.
Qi-xing Mountain hiking entrance
Leaving Yangming Book House and getting back on Yangjin Highway, you can see the second parking lot to your right, and there is the first hiking entrance to Qi-xing Mountain along the way.
Japonica Rice Story House
Before making a left turn toward the Bamboo Lake, there is Japonica Rice Story House.
Make a left to arrive at Bamboo Lake and enter Da-tun Mountain Range Trail.
There are hiking entrances to Zhongzheng Shan on Zhongzheng Shan Industrial Road near Bamboo Lake. Zhongzheng Shan Trail is a secret place for cherry blossom and maple viewing.
Getting back on Yangjin Highway, you'll come by Balaka Pedestrian Separation Lane on your way to Datun Nature Park.
This is a great place to view Siao-you-keng Volcanic Crater from afar.
Datun Nature Park
Looking up from Datun Nature Park, you can see Datun Mountain. There are many trails along the way, such as Caigongkeng Trail and Err-zih-ping Trail.
Caigongkeng Trail is very distinctive. There is a Magnet Rock on the mountain, which causes compass anomaly.
Err-zih-ping Trail can connect to Datun Mountain trail system, making it a trail very suitable for parent-child hiking.
You can get to Datun Nature Park by making a turn onto Balaka Highway from Yangjin Highway; the straight path takes you to Siao-you-keng.
Getting back to Qi-xing Mountain Range, you can see the trail on the roadside that goes through the unique bamboo forests of Yangmingshan here.
Situated above the Siao-you-keng explosion crater is another hiking entrance to Qi-xing Mountain. There are relatively few trees to provide shade when hiking the trail from here. Be ready for the scorching sun.
Getting back on Yangjin Highway again and then continuing to follow the signs, you can get to Lengshueikeng and Qing-tian-gang, where you'll be entering the Qing-tian-gang trail system.
There are two main trails in Qing-tian-gang; one takes you north to the Bayan community in Jin-shan; the other takes you where Nay-hu is bounded by Fonggueiko.
Arriving at the trail in Bayan, you can see the coastal side of Jin-shan from a distance.
The trail can take you to Tien Lai Spring Resort Hotel and Bayan community.
At the end of trail, there is a quiet Bayan community.
We saw a laundry pond here. Pay attention to the separation line in front of the house set up by the residents. They wish not to be disturbed.
Terraces and the allure of the traditional farm village have enabled Bayan to find its way into the favorite list of many tourists; however, please do not interfere with the serene neighborhood.