by Robert Minor
The 7 Heroes of Guguan (谷關七雄 in Chinese) are 7 hike-able mountains in the Guguan area located an hour east of Taichung City. The Guguan 7 Heroes Mount Baimao (白毛山 in Chinese) hike is a short but steep hike and is ranked at #6. The hiking trails of these mountains are through beautiful old growth forest and are very well groomed. Although all can be hiked in a half day, the mountains can be steep and challenging at some parts.
Height: 1522 Meters
Distance: 4.9km (1 way)
Time Roundtrip: 5-7 hours
Altitude Gain: 720 Meters
Getting To the Guguan 7 Heroes Mount Baimao hike Trailhead
Getting to the Guguan 7 Heroes Mount Baimao hike trailhead is a bit tricky. You will drive along Route 8 and follow the map to the parking lot.
Here, you will bear right and head down a slope to a dam across the river. It looks as if you can’t drive across the top of the dam, but there is a lane open for traffic. Make your way across and then take a right turn. Follow along the narrow road until you see a fork. Bear left down the very narrow road until you cross the orange bridge in the picture. Find a place to park.
It seems like there may be no where to park. The roads are narrow and enough for only one car to go through. But, take it slow and eventually you will see a place to park and probably other cars.
Mt. Baimao Trailhead Sign
Baimao Trailhead Distances
From the car park area, there is about a 1.6km walk to the actual trail head.