The Yinhe Cave Hiking Trail (銀河洞越嶺步道) is a well known hiking trail in New Taipei that leads to Yinhe Cave Temple. A spectacular cave temple built on a mountain cliff, it incorporates a grand waterfall into its design, and is well worth the short hike there. It’s also known as the Silver Stream Cave in English.
The temple is actually only a few hundred meters from the trail starting point, and is well paved. If you can, try to go after heavy rain for more impressive views of the waterfall.
If you would like more of a challenging hike, you can continue on to the Maokong Gondola. It’s another 2 kilometers or so, and while the many stairs can be tough on the feet, the view over Taipei is amazing. Plus, if you’re tired, you can take the gondola back!
Time required: 20-30 minutes to Yinhe Cave Temple. Continuing to Maokong Gondola takes about an hour.
Difficulty: An easy hike to the temple. Continuing to Maokong Gondola is only moderately more challenging.
How to get there
First you’ll need to take the Taipei Metro’s green line all the way to it’s southern terminus at Xindian Station. This station can be reached from Beimen Station (23 minutes, NT$35), which is near Taipei Station.
From Xindian Station, take the GR12 bus to Yinhedong (13 minutes, NT$14). Be sure to have Google Maps out so you don’t miss it. During busy periods there are additional buses to Yinhe Cave. You can find the latest information on these at the tourist information center outside Xindian Station.
Next, continue walking up the road, past the little general store and up the road with the Buddha statue. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the start of the trail, which is reasonably well signposted. Alternatively, if you are in a group or want to begin from the trail starting point, you could take a taxi from Xindian Station (NT$150-200). Show this to the driver: 銀河洞越嶺步道