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Shengleng Trail

Connecting Main Peak of Xue Mountain and Dabajian Mountain, Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) is over 3,100 meters, even over 3,580 meters between Main Peak and North Peak of Xue Mountain. There are many jagged, rugged rocks and steep, cliffy escarpments along the trail. Those who love mountain climbing have to overcome all difficulties with feat and trepidation, then able to finish this significant ridge. As an old saying in the mountain climbing realm goes, “those who finish Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) are qualified to get married.” It means only when a young man breaks through all difficulties along this trail can he shoulder the responsibility of having a family.

Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) was first described in an article written by a Japanese climber in 1928 and was named after the publication of the article. Moreover, it was first conquered in 1931 by a team of mountaineers with the help of ropes.

As time flies, more and more teams tried to climb Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail), resulting in a clear passage already. Many other mountain climbing activities held in the 60s, 70s, and 80s even attracted more crowds to step on this trail. Till now, the traditional route of Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail)—from Dabajian Mountain to Main Peak of Xue Mountain—cannot satisfy dedicated alpinists any more. Some of them, therefore, extend the route by including that of Wuling Quadruple Mountains, arranging “Shengling Y-shaped Trail” “Shengling O-shaped Trail.” Shengling Y-shaped Trail starts from Wuling Farm, across Tao Mountain, Kalahei Mountain, Chihyou Mountain, and Pintian Mountain, keep walking along Takejin Creek to pass Banan, go to Daba Peaks and back with a light pact, and follow the traditional route of Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) to mount Main Peak of Xue Mountain. Shengling O-shaped Trail also starts from Wuling Quadruple Mountains, descends from Pintian Cliff on the west side of Pintian Mountain, and gets to the traditional route of Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) by Buxiulan Mountain. These various choices make this trail the most popular route to approach Xue Mountain Range.

If you have done mountain climbing for several years, ascended tens of mountains, experienced in rock climbing, and are not afraid of height, maybe you should compose a mountaineering team to try the noted Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail). In general, 5 days are just enough to finish a whole trip. But a 6- or 7-day trip can be easier with some spare time to take photos.
Shengleng Trail
Shengleng Trail

  • Day 1

    Jhudong→Guanwu→Trailhead of Madara Creek

  • Day 2

    Trailhead of Madara Creek 210min→ Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut) 260min→ Dabajian Mountain 140min→ Banan Hut

  • Day 3

    Banan Hut 80min→ former site of Bashalayun Hut 80min→ Bashalayun Mountain 140min→ Buxiulan Mountain 140min→ Sumida Mountain 70min→ Sumida Shelter

  • Day 4

    Sumida Shelter 210min→ North Peak of Xue Mountain 30min→ >Syuebei Shelter 105min→ Kailantekun Mountain 110min→ North Corner of Xue Mountain 20min→ Main Peak of Xue Mountain 140min→ Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) or Cuei Pond Shelter

  • Day 5

    Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) 40min→ East Peak of Xue Mountain 155min→ Qika Hut 50min→ Trailhead of Xue Mountain→Wuling Recreation Area

  • Map
  • Trailhead of Madara Creek image
    Trailhead of Madara Creek T97 E269551/N2708555

    About 1,750 meters high, Trailhead Service Station of Dabajian Mountain is stationed here by the Headquarters. Before entry, it is required to apply for Mountain and Park Entry Permits in advance. Across the suspension bridge is the way toward Dabajian Mountain.

  • Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut) image
    Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut) T97 E271122/N2706979

    As a significant base for mounting Daba Peaks, the 2,700-meter-high Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut) has a capacity of 300 people. It is required to apply for Mountain and Park Entry Permits first before making reservations for beds in Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut). To reserve a bed, please call to Hsinchu Forest District Office of Forestry Bureau at 886-3-5218853.

  • 3050 Upland T97 E272618/N2706508

    Actually 3,100 meters high, 3050 Upland is so flat as to be equipped with an apron. The water in a black pool on the low-lying grassland there is not drinkable. Drinkable water needs to be carried from Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut).

  • Jhongba Shelter image
    Jhongba Shelter T97 E275475/N2706531

    Lying in the west saddle of Jhonbajian Mountain, the 3,280-meter-high Jhongba Shelter has been damaged, only in bare use. Water needs to be carried from Jiujiu Hut (99 Hut), for that in black pool is not drinkable.

  • Banan Hut T97 E276457/N2704988

    Lying in the lowest saddle on the south ridge of Dabajian Mountain, the 3,100-meter-high Banan Hut has been damaged, only in bare use. Water is in the creek on the way toward Dabajian Mountain.

  • Former site of Bashalayun Hut T97 E276424/N2704190

    Having toppled over, Bashalayun Hut cannot be used any more. There is a small campground next to the mountain trail, suitable to pitch tents. Water is from the creek in Banan, or from a small pool at the south slope of the 3,240-meter-high mountain.

  • Buxiulanshan Campgrounds T97 E276425/N2702497

    The summit of Buxiulan Mountain is a campground with a capacity of only one 4-perosn tent. Besides, approximately 5-minute walk toward Pintian Mountain, there is a concave campground surrounded by dwarf bamboo forests, able to contain three 4-perosn tents. Water is in a small pool at the south slope of the 3,240-meter-high mountain.

  • Yundaka Shelter images
    Yundaka Shelter T97 E276425/N2701938

    Under fir forests, Yundaka Shelter has beautiful scenes around. It takes about 60 minutes to get water in Munan Creek and back.

  • Munan Campground T97 E274811/N2701808

    Without water source, Munan Campground lies on the south leeward side of the ridge at 3,554 meters above sea level, with a capacity of three 4-person tents pitched. Water needs to be taken from Munan Creek.

  • Syuebei Shelter image
    Syuebei Shelter T97 E274626/N2700636

    Without water source, Syuebei Shelter, surrounded by the gorgeous scenery, relies on a barrel inside to store water.

  • Cuei Pond Shelter image
    Cuei Pond Shelter T97 E272568/N2697729

    Cuei Pond Shelter is adjacent to a broad campground and rich in water originating from Cuei Pond.