A 1 Day Hike up Jade Mountain Front Peak 爬玉山前峰

by Robert Minor

LINKS ABOUT CLIMBING JADE MOUNTAIN

Paiyun Lodge on Jade Mountain-What you need to know

Getting Taiwan Mountain Permits

 

OTHER TAIWAN 100 MOUNTAIN PEAKS: 

Jade Mountain Main Peak

Jade Mountain Front Peak

Hehuan Mountain Peak Hikes     

Beidawu (North Dawu) in South Taiwan

Mt. Qilai North and Main Peaks

 

FRONT PEAK: 3239 meters    DISTANCE:  12km round trip       TIME: ABOUT 5-6 hours     ELEVATION: Just over 1,000 meters total

CHINESE: Yu Shan Qian Feng  玉山前峰

 

Some friends and I decided to get out of Kaohsiung City for the weekend and bag a quick peak. The Front Peak of Jade Mountain was a perfect choice for a 6 hour low maintenance trip up #69 on Taiwan's 100 Peak List.

 

The winter weather (January) had been clear and cold but not much snow had fallen so we took advantage of the low crowds before Chinese New Year to make our way to the Dong Pu Lodge next to the Tatajia Saddle and bunk for the night.  The Dongpu Lodge is just several rooms of wooden bunks, a common area, and a kitchen in the back for cooking your food. It provides a pillow and comforter and bathroom facilities. Cost is 300NT a night per person. It's best to call and reserve a space. Click HERE for the Dong Pu Lodge information page.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak hike     Jade mountain front peak hike

 

 

On Sunday morning, we were up at 5:00am and out the door by 6:00. We had gotten our permits for Yushan National Park berforehand. Click HERE for an article on how to get permits.  We made our way up to the police checkpoint in 0 degree celcius weather. It had been 25 degrees in Kaohsiung the day before, so this was a nice, wintry environment to be in.

 

Blue Skies Adventures organizes hiking and outdoor trips for those living or visiting Taiwan.

 

Our check-in at the police station and park ranger station went quickly and we started the 1.8 km road walk up to the Jade Mountain Trailhead.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak hike     Jade mountain front peak hike

 

If you have never been to the Tatajia Saddle, there is no need to worry. It is very clear where to go and the signs are in both English and Chinese.

 

After entering through the main trailhead, we walked 2.8 km to the Front Peak Trailhead. This is the same trail that takes you to the Paiyun Lodge and eventually the Jade Mountain Main Peak.

 

At the 2.8 km marker, there is a trail marker and an entrance that starts the ascent to the peak. Along the way are small marker arrows and sometimes directional signs.

 

The distance to the peak is only 800 meters. But you are climbing about 1,000 meters! The trail starts steep and continues straight up through a dirt trail. About 30 minutes into the climb, the trail becomes rocky. Be prepared to climb and jump over rocks to scramble your way up . There is no definitive trail here, but there are many trail marker flags left by previous hiking groups. The rock climbing continues for about 15 minutes.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak hike     Jade mountain front peak hike

 

 

Pictured below, the dirt trail turns into rocks and boulders. It's a good idea to strap your pack on tightly and get ready to scramble up the mountainside.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak hike     Jade mountain front peak rocky trail

 

Pictured below, a view of the rocky slope from above.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak rocky trail   Jade mountain front peak rocky trail

 

Our group of 3 separted a bit here. We all made our ways around the rocks in our own timely fashion. The clear weather gave us fabulous views of other peaks, dead trees, and cool rock formations.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak rocky trail     Jade mountain front peak gorgeous scenery

 

About an hour later, we arrived at the peak of Jade Mountain Front Peak. It was a clear day and we could see Jade Mountain and her two north peaks. Also, this peak is surrounded by high grass, so it's easy to sit down and be sheltered from the wind.

 

We brewed tea, took photos, enjoyed the fresh air and sun, and checked off another 100 peak on our lists.

 

 

     Jade mountain front peak beautiful scenery     Jade mountain front peak the top

 

 

Pictured below, the main peak and two north peaks of Jade Mt and a close up of the two north peaks.

 

 

Jade mountain front peak the top     Jade mountain front peak the top

 

LINKS ABOUT CLIMBING JADE MOUNTAIN

Paiyun Lodge on Jade Mountain-What you need to know

Getting Taiwan Mountain Permits

 

OTHER TAIWAN 100 MOUNTAIN PEAKS: 

Jade Mountain Main Peak

Jade Mountain Front Peak

Hehuan Mountain Peak Hikes     

Beidawu (North Dawu) in South Taiwan

Mt. Qilai North and Main Peaks

    

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