Kai Kung Leng (雞公嶺, literally Rooster Ridge) is located in the western New Territories, and together with Tai To Yan (大刀屻) is one of the main geological features of Lam Tsuen Country Park. The mountain trails are distinguished by having no signposts or markers whatsoever, so finding the trailheads is a challenge unless you know exactly where to look, or are fortunate enough to find a knowlegable taxi driver. Certainly it seems to be one of the less popular routes in Hong Kong, as there were very few hikers this weekend despite the perfect weather.
We start the hike at the western side of the mountain range near Yuen Long. The ridge passes through two major summits in the area: Kai Kung Shan (374m) and Kwai Kok Shan (585m), the tallest peak in the range. The route is also popular with mountain bikers and dirt bikes, with some of the valleys looking like giant ramps and half-pipes. Through the typical winter haze (fairly light this day) we can see the farmers’ fields of Kam Tin to the south, and well into the mainland city of Shenzhen to the north. Except for some tall grass, there is little vegetation on the ridge, so without any shade this would be a very tough hike in the summer months. Only on our descent did we encounter some trees and had to wade through some thick jungle-like overgrowth.