Taipei City 4 Beasts Hike Part 2 -Mt. Thumb

 

By Robert Minor

 

TAIPEI HIKING SERIES:

Seven Stars Peak in Taipei's Yangmingshan Park on the Miaopu Trail. (steep/moderately difficult)- Page 1

Making it to the peak of Seven Stars Main & East Peaks-Page 2

Xiaoyoukeng path to Seven Stars Peak (moderate)

Elephant Mountain (easy but steep)

The 4 Beasts Circuit to Jiu Wu Feng (moderate)-Part 1

The 4 Beasts Circuit to Mt. Thumb-Part 2

 

 

After reaching 95 Peak (Jiu Wu Feng), it is mostly a downhill walk to the entrance to Mt. Thumb (great views) and then down to the Elephant Mountain entrance.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

Follow the stairs and trail down and you will come to this interesting prayer/worship stop on the side of a rock face.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

There are some deities and you can stop, face them, put your hands together, bow 3 times and say a little prayer.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

As we head west, our vantage point view of East Taipei has change. We are now more southerly instead of northerly where we started.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

Not far past the shrine, you will see the trailhead for Mt. Thumb. It takes about 5 minutes to get to the top. There are some ropes but it's easy. The views are worth it.

 

Mount Thumb Hike Taipei City

 

The beginning portion up to Mt. Thumb.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

There are a view slanted areas, but just hold the ropes and you will be fine.

 

Thumb Mountain Hike Taipei City

 

A group heads up the stairs to Mt. Thumb.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

It gets a little steep, but the climb in very short.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

Almost there.....Taipei 101 comes into view once more.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

The peak of Mt.Thumb is like a large boulder. There is plenty of space to sit and snack and enjoy the view. You'll be looking in a more south/west direction. There will be many more green mountains to see.

 

Mount Thumb-Four Beasts Hike Taipei

 

As you head back down, keep following the signs toward Elephant Mountain.  You are around 45 minutes from the end.

 

Thumb Mountain Hike Taipei City

 

Stop off at this little Buddhist garden and check out the cool statues.

 

Thumb Mountain Hike Taipei City

 

You will pass through the Elephant Mountain area and out the entrance. READ HERE for how to get to the MRT stop. ENJOY the 4 Beasts Circuit.

 

 

TAIPEI HIKING SERIES:

 

Seven Stars Peak in Taipei's Yangmingshan Park on the Miaopu Trail. (steep/moderately difficult)- Page 1

Making it to the peak of Seven Stars Main & East Peaks-Page 2

Xiaoyoukeng path to Seven Stars Peak (moderate)

Elephant Mountain (easy but steep)

The 4 Beasts Circuit to Jiu Wu Feng (moderate)-Part 1

The 4 Beasts Circuit to Mt. Thumb-Part 2

 

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