NEEDLE HILL & GRASSY HILL
針山 及 草山
(includes Stage 7 of the MacLehose Trail)
The middle sections of the MacLehose Trail lure you with an offer of a healthy heartbeat and a great deal of natural beauty.
We have the luxury of a little flat warm-up as we follow the path around the southern end of the Shing Mun Reservoir, but once we cross the
reservoir’s main dam and join Stage 7 of the MacLehose Trail, we take on a seemingly endless flight of steps leading to Needle Hill. The going
is tough but not without reward. At the 532 m summit, the grand landscape of Northern New Territories unfolds. Gazing southwards, you will
see the nearby countryside and Shing Mun Reservoir delightful with soothing shades of green, while the symmetric profile of Lead Mine Pass
beckons to the north. Looking west, we have a great view of Hong Kong's tallest mountain, Tai Mo Shan.
After a short, but steep, descent, the trail joins a closed road to reach the summit of the appropriately named Grassy Hill at 647 metres above
sea-level. Grassy hill is a watershed that divides the Shing Mun and Sha Tin Valleys. Its steep slopes are the upland sources of the Shing Mun
catchment and streams that run through the Tai Po Kau plantation. The vistas from the top are tremendous – weather permitting: Beyond Sha
Tin, the Ma On Shan range squats firmly on the lowlands. In the background, the grand Sai Kung Peninsula beckons.
While ascending Grassy Hill was a “stepless” affair, descending the hill will be a good work-out for your knees…. However, just before
reaching Lead Mine Pass, we join a partially shaded forest track for a more enjoyable walk-out.
Officially, this hike ends at the Tai Po Market railway station, but you are welcome to join your hike leader for a great Thai lunch at the
municipal food court nearby before heading back to the city….
|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
|by Hansen's Events
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.