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2018/06/24_Loop hike: Doi Pui summit and THE coffee-shop

 

In case of heavy rain, a notice of cancellation will be placed here by 06:30 on Sunday morning

If the weather is fair, we will meet at the Arboretum at 07:30 and car pool up to the barrier below Doi Pui summit. Leaving our cars there, we start out on a gentle uphill walk to the summit, take a few photos for the record, and then begin the descent, which has several quite steep sections. The views at this time of year should be spectacular. We have even been able to see Doi Chiang Dao a few times, but no guarantees. The only guarantee is that the tricky trail will provide some fun. Since it is rainy season there is always the possibility of leeches at high elevation. When we arrive at the bottom of the steep section we will head for THE coffee shop (at the CMU agriculture research garden) for refreshment, and then return to the cars, following the road and a side trail. We then have the option of lunch and further refreshments at the temple parking area.

Total time approximately 5 hours, or more if we linger over coffee and lunch.

Bring sturdy shoes, hiking poles if you use them, about 2 liters water, snacks, energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor.

Hike leader: Janet

Meeting time and place: 07:30 at the Arboretum carpark on Huay Gaew Road. See maps below.

 

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2018/06/17_Hike Report_Doi Lang Loop

Dung beetle displays the ball it has rolled up. Photo by Jenny

In spite of the ominous weather forecast five hardy walkers (and one hike leader) turned up for this mountain hike. The signs did not look good as a light drizzle of rain accompanied us on the journey out to the reservoir. As it turned out, however, this was the only rain of the day, with the cooler weather providing ideal hiking conditions. With a small group we made good progress and reached the summit in just under two hours (the rope assisted assent near the summit providing a number of excitable observations). Surprisingly the overcast weather still allowed for good views from the summit (912 metres) but unfortunately no soaring birdlife in evidence (last time two hawks circled a peak below us).

On the descent one hiker had a minor fall as he collided with an unseen rock and the hike leader (not paying attention) walked into an overhanging bee nest and was stung several times for his troubles. We completed the hike in four hours and forty minutes and then stopped at a small shop/restaurant on the way back for well-earned refreshment.

2018/06/17_Doi Lang Lo Loop


Reminder: hikers remain responsible for their own safety and actions at all times

The previously-planned hike at Nam Mae Kwong must again be set aside. Instead, we will repeat the memorable Doi Lang/Nang Lo loop hike we did in May and December last year. It will commence beside the Mae Pha Han reservoir, a twenty minute drive from the meeting point. After one kilometre of flat paths we will ascend a series of ridges. We will then climb up a five metre rock outcrop which, although not difficult, has a drop off on one side so a guide rope will be provided. We will have lunch/snacks at a viewing spot 100 metres down from the summit with good views, weather permitting, of the CM countryside. We will hike down a series of ridges, ending with a relatively flat three kilometre walk back to the cars. Please note that if you have a fear of heights this hike is not for you. The hike should take four to five hours and can be considered moderate to reasonably strenuous. Please also note that in the event of heavy rain the hike may be cancelled so, if it is raining cats and dogs, consult the web site before 7AM. After the hike, most of us will stop for refreshments at a small restaurant/shop on the way back to CM.

 

Hike leader: S

 

If you want to join:
If you want to join: just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Seats in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.

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Meeting Place
Meeting Place: We will meet at 07:45 in front of Promenada Mall on R1317 (location marked “A” on the map below) and start on time at 08:00.  We head straight out along the R1317 and move onto Mae Pha Haen reservoir.

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Promenada map

Please bring:

  • As per usual advice but especially:
  • good footwear and essential
  • hat is essential if the sun is out
  • change of clothes/plastic bag for muddy footwear for the return car journey,
  • THB100 contribution for fuel etc if you are a passenger, and something for any drinks/meal you buy.
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View in December. It may not be as good just now!

Coming soon: NAM MAE KWONG 2 – THE RETURN

Two weeks ago our planned hike in Nam Mae Kwong was deflected at the last moment by an unexpected pig hunt. We’ll probably try again this Sunday (subject to field research by Mr S on Friday).

18/06/10_Pang Faen to Pang Daeng

Update: hike cancelled due to rain. Let’s try again next time.

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The final missing link in the looong ridge along the NW side of the Chiangrai road H.118. We start and finish quite low, so be ready for a hot sunny ending, unless it rains, so also be ready to get wet. Brief very steep, rocky descent. Some narrow trails above steep drops.  Long walk out. Stream crossings. Sorry for ending at the same place as last Sunday’s relocated hike.

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About 12 kms, up 650m, down 750m. About 5-6 hrs including breaks. Mostly shady on clear trails with varied scenery: ridge views, stream valley, bamboo, farmland, buffalo. Second lunch next to Wat Pang Faen. New trip reporter volunteer to be ‘selected’.

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Meeting point:

Meet at 07.20 for an 07.30 departure, at Susco petrol station, opposite Suzuki showroom. From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes, past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left. Fuel, toilets and convenience store available. If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, outside the petrol station. 40 minute drive to the trailhead. Car shuffling between start and end points required.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.

Please bring:

• at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and (first) lunch.
• sun protection, raingear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites and thorns.
• strong footwear with good grip and thick soles for rocky ground. Stick?
• plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
• 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger. Change of clothes too.

18/06/03_Report_Nam Mae Kwong transposed to Goldilocks

Photo by Jenny

This was the hike that was not. When our group of seventeen hikers arrived at the start point at Nam Mae Kwong we were informed by the woman on the gate that the private owner of the old national park estate, through which we had to travel to begin our hike, had closed the estate and surrounding area for the day as he, and presumably assorted friends, were having a pig hunt. Luckily Peter had the GPS record for the nearby Goldilocks ridge, which became our alternative hike as we marched up, along and back down the ridge in just over four hours, covering a distance of 9kms. Highlight of the hike was the presence of a Golden Tree snake (aka flying snake) on the hiking trial. As these are normally arboreal it was unusual to see it on the forest floor. However, said snake had just caught a lizard and was in the process of enjoying a lizard brunch. However, perturbed by the farang paparazzi, he moved off to a quieter location before he had fully digested his meal. After the hike we stopped at the “Treehouse” restaurant for food and refreshment on the way back to Chiang Mai.

Hike initiation and report by Stephen

 

18/06/03_Nam Mae Kwong Circular Hike

This is a relatively easy hike in Nam Mae Kwong, 15kms beyond Doi Saket on Highway 118, which we last walked in October 2017. About two thirds of the 10km hike will be on gradually ascending well defined paths (total elevation 550 metres) through forest with some good valley views at higher levels. The remaining one third will be on sometimes indistinct forest paths with some steep descents towards the end of the hike. The hike should take between four to five hours. On the way back to Chiang Mai we can stop at the “Treehouse” restaurant (white house cat still in residence) for refreshment. In the event of heavy rain on Sunday morning the hike may be called off. Please consult website before 6.45am.

Meeting point: In front of SUSCO service station on highway 118 (Doi Saket Road)

 

Starting time: 7.30AM for a 7.45AM start

Hike leader: Stephen

If you want to join: Please ensure you have read the general guidance on this website.  If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting time/place. No groups, please. Car-pooling places are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.

Things to bring: as usual, bearing in mind high risk of rain.