Sai Kung West Country Park

Keeping with the theme of Sai Kung, this past weekend hike was a continuation of the Maclehose Trail, this time Section 3 through Sai Kung West Country Park. Although not as scenic as the Tai Long Wan portion of Section 2, the hike still had some very good views on this hazy afternoon.

The route as tracked in Runkeeper.

The route as tracked in Runkeeper.

The trail starts where we left off last time at Pak Tam Au, with a steep ascent up Ngau Yee Shek mountain, the first of four peaks on route today. We then pass Ngam Tau mountain on the way to a campsite at Cheung Sheung where we take a short break and a bite to eat. The path then heads south past Wa Mei mountain and the majestic Lui Ta Shek mountain, after which we take a side trail to Shek Hang and a taxi ride back to Sai Kung town.

Sai Kung Country Park

Here we go! Strenuous climb right from the start at Pak Tam Au.

Sai Kung Country Park

About half way up the first mountain, looking back at Long Harbour.

Sai Kung Country Park

A nice panoramic view even through the haze from Ngau Yee Shek mountain. You can make out Sharp Peak in the distance, the highest point in Sai Kung district.

Sai Kung Country Park

The stone trail near Ngam Tau mountain.

Sai Kung Country Park

Up here there are fewer tall trees; most of the vegetation consists of bushes and shrubs.

Sai Kung Country Park

Some blue sky breaking through fluffy cloud cover.

Sai Kung Country Park

Looking south towards Sai Kung West Country Park from Ngam Tau mountain.

Cheung Sheung

Descending a little from the peak, we approach Cheung Sheung campground. This is a public barbeque pit.

Cheung Sheung

The refreshment stand at Cheung Sheung, near the campground where hikers can take a break.

Cheung Sheung

An impressive collection. Let’s hope it goes to recycling.

Cheung Sheung

The “restaurant” is nothing more than an old shabby hut. But you can get drinks and instant noodles here.

Cheung Sheung

Shout out before heading to the toilet behind the shack – there’s only one, and I’m guessing a hole in the ground. I didn’t venture to find out…

Sai Kung Country Park

Leaving Cheung Sheung, we now make our way southwards up Wa Mei mountain.

Sai Kung Country Park

From Wa Mei mountain the view is quite spectacular.

Sai Kung Country Park

But one wrong step and you’ll be tumbling down the side.

Sai Kung Country Park

One more peak to go – Lui Ta Shek mountain in the distance.

Sai Kung Country Park

Looking west, Three Fathoms Cove below.

Sai Kung Country Park

As we approach Lui Ta Shek mountain, it’s starting to get dark. The trail skirts the peak.

Sai Kung Country Park

Past the peak, and the sun is setting quickly.

Sai Kung Country Park

Here the descent begins until we find the side trail to Shek Hang.

Shek Hang

Once past Shek Hang village, it’s another 2km walk down the road to the nearest bus stop. From there we cabbed it back to Sai Kung town.

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