Our Epic Journey Through the Wilson Trail in Hong Kong
Whilst it's taken a little longer than expected, we finally finished hiking the Wilson Trail!
Named after David Wilson who was a Governor of Hong Kong in the late 1980's, the Wilson Trail is a 10-Stage, 78km long trail (Wiki likes to refer to the trail as a long-distance footpath, but I beg to differ now that I've walked the whole thing) that runs mostly through the country parks of Hong Kong, and varies from being super easy to being 'the worst decision ever for your knees'. Starting on Hong Kong Island, the trail mozies through some of the prettiest and varied countryside, all the way up to - well, almost - Shenzhen, China.
After finishing Stages 9 & 10 over Chinese New Year weekend in January, I can say without a doubt that these last two stages were:
- The toughest mentally and physically - particularly Stage 9 when heading over the '8 Immortals' peaks
- Had the most spectacular, sweeping views of Hong Kong, as evidenced by my super skilled outsourced photography
- Was the most satisfying hike to finish, knowing we were heading straight to 24 hour massages and never ending dim sum in Shenzhen
Flights Climbed: 241
Walking & Running Distance: 26.2kms
Duration: ~7.5 hours
It was a fairly chilly and overcast day, which started at roughly 11am. Given Stage 9 of the Wilson Trail is quite far north, it took 45-50 mins in a taxi from the Island to arrive at the starting point, after which we then walked to the starting point of the trail. Fast forward 7.5 hours later and we FINALLY made it to the end. As it was a Public Holiday, we almost missed the last mini-bus as there was a queue of 100+ people who all finished different hikes in the area. I would highly recommend having a solid back up plan to get home (Uber / Taxi / Friend who has a car), because if we hadn't literally beaten off others and dived straight into the only taxi passing by, we would have been marooned in New Territories for the night!
Naturally, the only thing to do after the hike finishing so close to China was to take the train and cross the border to Shenzhen and stay overnight at a spa. Queens Spa is our place of choice - we've been there a couple of times now and its quite easy to navigate as they have a dedicated English speaker on site. Once over the border its a short train or taxi ride away.
In summary, I would highly recommend this hike to anyone living in or visiting Hong Kong and of course if you have time then head to Queens Spa (or any spa for that matter) for some serious relaxation afterwards. Try to pick a sunny day to go, as the views from the top of the mountains are truly spectacular!
Special thanks to Liz Nash of "Wait What Now' being the roaming photographer for the trip - check out her blog at www.waitwhatnow.com
What hikes should I add to the bucket list?