East Xue Trail starts from Syueshan Horst, extending eastward to East Peak of Xue Mountain and Qijiawan Creek Valley. With the development of Wuling Farm in 1969, China Youth Nation Salvation Corps and Dajia Forest District Office of Forestry Bureau used the roads in the farm to construct a short cut from East Peak to Main Peak of Xue Mountain, later building Cika and Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut)s. This convenient mountaineering trail equipped with complete accommodation facilities is one of the most popular mountain trails.
In the 1990s, mountain-climbers shortened a 40- to 50-minute uphill journal by moving the trailhead up to the top of the farm. Afterwards, Shei-Pa National Park established Trailhead Service Station of Xue Mountain here and dispatched personnel to control the number of climbers entering this area. In terms of time, distance, and popularity, East Xue Trailis unquestionably the most convenient trail up to Main Peak of Xue Mountain. By means of this trail, it takes 3 days and 2 nights for a round trip.
Main Peak of Xue Mountain
Yilan or Puli→Wuling Recreation Area →Trailhead of Xue Mountain 60min→ Qika Hut
250min→ East Peak of Xue Mountain 50min→ Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut)
Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut 20min→ Black forest 120min→ Bottom of Syueshan Glacial Cirques 40min→
Main Peak of Xue Mountain 140min→ Back to Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut)
Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut 40min→ East Peak of Xue Mountain 155min→ Qika Hut 50min→
Trailhead of Xue Mountain→Return trip by car
At the elevation of 2,500 meters, Qika Hut has 130 single beds, the campground for 10 tents of four-person-capacity, and plentiful water. It is required for climbers to book a bed or campground from the Headquarters in advance and to apply for Mountain Entry Permit and Park Entry Permit later.
As a well-equipped cabin including cistern, toilet, and kitchen, Sanliujiu Hut (369 Hut) has a capacity of 106 persons and is the most important base to approach Xue Mountain. It is required for climbers to book a bed from the Headquarters in advance and to apply for Mountain Entry Permit and Park Entry Permit later. (It is feasible to apply permits online in Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters' website.)