Alishan Tefuye Hiking Trail 阿里山特富野

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Tefuye Ancient Hiking Trail 阿里山特富野

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Located on Route 18 just a few kilometers past the Alishan Park entrance is the old railroad logging trail of Tefuye 特富野.

 

Alishan Tefuye Forest Trail

 

The Te-fu-ye trail is quite unique. Built in 1910 by the Japanese, it was a 5.2km narrow gauge rail line used to transport the abundant red cypress to the Alishan railway.  The railway was called the Shuishan Line. It ended in the 1970's due to disrepair.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The forest walk is mostly flat. Hikers can get a sense of the true beauty of Alishan and its forests. The mossy and foggy environment mixes well with the tall beautiful trees and fresh mountain air.

 

 

 

 

The trail runs from Route 18 near the town of Zi Zhong to the aboriginal village of Tefuye.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The current trail is 6.32 kilometers. It starts on Route 18 (the Alishan road) and walks deep into the forest and then down a long grade into the village of Tefuye.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The trail is well maintained and very clear. It's great to walk along the old rail tracks that were once carrying cars full of lumber.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

There is pleny of signage on the trail. It's very clear and hard to get lost.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Distances are marked along the trail. There is a rest point a little past the halfway mark at 3.7 km. Many hikers walk to there and then return back to Route 18.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The lush green forest is magical and makes for great photos.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Some of the distance markers are on the trees along the trail.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Getting to Tefuye:

 

Tefuye is along the mountain road Route 18. See below. This road passes the Alishan gate entrance and then heads up another 6km to Tefuye. The trailhead is just before the 97km marker.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Below is a view of cars of Tefuye hikers parked along the roadside. One great thing about Tefuye is there are not throngs of tour buses and people. Also, it's free!

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The trailhead to Tefuye is next to the police building.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Below shows a view of the trail entrance. There is a "bear warning" sign. Good luck seeing one.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Below is a sign showing the distances from the trailhead to Tefuye (6.32 km) and to Zi Zhong (.2km).

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Some magnificent views along the hiking trail.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

A bridge that was built by the park service after a landslide.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

An outside view of the bridge.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

As the fog rolls in, the views become even more stunning.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

The trail follows a stream for a short distance.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

A small waterfall along the trail.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

If you don't want to walk the entire 6.32 km, or don't have a car waiting for you at Tefuye village, you can stop and rest at the 3.7 km stop.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

There are some makeshift tables and chairs here. Our group ate lunch and made some tea. Then, we walked back to the Route 18 trailhead.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

More views of the Alishan area.

 

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Another trail variable. Steps.

 

alishan historic tefuye trail hike

 

Below is a map of the Tefuye Trail location:

 

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