Taiwan Minor Peaks Number 53
Distance 8.2 km
Xitou is probably most famous for its Japanese folklore inspired monster village, but for those who prefer to escape the crowds, there are lots of hiking trails too. The climb up to Phoenix Mountain follows an atmospheric cloud-cloaked ridge line through towering bamboo forest, exactly the kind of place where you might run into a real mythological creature.
If you’re looking for views, then this probably isn’t the walk for you, but if you like atmospheric bamboo forests, then you’ll love it.
Safety informationLong trousers are a must, and preferably long sleeves too – there is a lot of the vicious biting cat plant during the climb up to the ridge and you really do not want to be walking through that in bare legs. It would also be wise to have gloves and a hiking pole to aid with the muddy rope sections and with balance over the slippery rocks.
Tips and hintsI finished about 1.3L of the 2L that I took. We walked this on a cool spring day with temperatures between 14-20°C. Food wise, we had a big breakfast at Xitou FamilyMart, then took snacks (nuts, dried fruit, biscuits to keep us going).
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