Where: High West, Hong Kong Island
Height: 494m, 1,621ft
On Saturday March 31st, my dad and I went on a hike to High West ( info on High West), then down to Pokfulam Reservoir and Chi Fu.It was a great day for hiking because the skies where clear, and it wasn’t too hot. Our plan was to descend down a little trail to the south side of High West. We had not ever done that trail before. On the map it is shown as a seasonal trail (“its difficult, indistinct or seasonly overgrown”), which means that it can be difficult to follow in some seasons, and easy in others. These seasonal trails usually have only a few people hiking on them, so it means it is more of an adventure! It’s not as safe on these trails as on the main trails so we always take precautions. We always bring a map and compass, swiss army knife, mobile phone, plenty of water, and a whistle. We also tell my mum where we will be going in case we don’t show up.
While we where hiking up to the top of HW, we met quite a few people. We usually see no-one there, thats why we love going up there. When we got to the top, we met some people. This is one of the great things about hiking – you can often have a nice chat with people you’ve never met before. One lady from Melbourne Australia, told us that the western trail down HW was too overgrown and unsafe. But an English guy told us that we he had climbed it at least 10 time and that it was easy. So we decided to be adventurous and try it! So we went down the West Side instead of the south side (we’ll do that next time). When we went down, my dad thought it would be hard, but it was terribly easy as the trail was narrow but mainly smooth, and where it was steep we could hold onto tree branches. When we got to the bottom we had our lunch. We met a nice lady there who had a very well trained big dog. My dad said it looked like a husky (this is what a husky looks like) . It came over to us and sniffed our food then sat there patiently as if she knew we would give her something. After our lunch we continued our journey to Pokfulam Reservoir along the Hong Kong Trail Trail.
It was a good because we tried a path we hadn’t tried before, we had some good exercise in fresh air, we made friends with some nice people.