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Wanggu Waterfall via the Mount Lingjiaoliao Trail

Excellent hike away from all the crowds

Wanggu Waterfall

The Mount Lingjiaoliao Hiking Trail (嶺腳寮山步道) to Wanggu Waterfall (望古瀑布) is a peaceful hike on the Pingxi Line in New Taipei. As you hike up and down the paths, you’ll head through a rich and diverse forest that occationally provides lovely views over the mountain plains and train track.

Along the way to the start of the trail, you’ll also come across Tsai’s Residence (蔡家洋樓) and Lingyan Temple (嶺腳福安宮), as well as Lingjiao Old Street (嶺腳老街). These are considered local treasures, and provide a facinating peak into the tranquail life and culture of the locals. Reaching Wanggu Waterfalls itself is a treat, requiring hikers to head down an old wood staircase but rewarding you with an excellent place to take some pictures and cool your feet in the water.

Tsai Residence
Tsai’s Residence, near Lingjiao Station

The trail makes hikers through well-shaded forests on the way to the waterfall. While steep at points, you’ll rarely have to climb up too high a distance and there are occational rest points and benches along the way if you need a break. It’s also a very quiet hike, with only one other group of tourists there when we went to visit. There are also elements of the area’s coal mining history, such as abandoned bridges and other structures. All in all, quite an interesting little hike!

One of the resting areas along the route

Hiking information

Time required: About 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

How to get there

The hike can be started from Wanggu Station or Lingjiao Station on the Pingxi Line, so is an excellent choice if using the Pingxi Line pass. To enjoy the Wanggu Waterfall at the end of your adventure, start at Lingjiao Station. After exiting the station, head right, past the small convenience store. Shortly after you’ll see signs pointing you in the starting point of the hiking trail, up the first path to the right. Some of the signs have English, but some just show Chinese characters (嶺腳寮山步道). Eventually you’ll get to the trail head, which has a handy hiking map.

Official website: New Taipei City Travel

Written by Matthew Baxter

After writing a few books about Japan and New Zealand, I've decided to explore Taiwan and put my expertise into writing about this beautiful place. I love to travel around Taiwan!

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