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2020/08/09_Report_Mae Khanin river hike

 


In spite of the ominous weather forecast some sixteen people turned up for this river/ridge hike.

It had been raining overnight and the dirt road was muddy in parts and the water level in the river crossings somewhat higher, but it did not prove any real obstacle and we reached the clearing in just under one hour.

The walk up and along the ridge was occasionally obstructed by falling trees but did not prove any major problem, and we had an early snack/lunch break in the clearing before the turnoff down to the river.

The stream crossings were a bit chewed-up by dirt bikers

Halfway along the river trail we came upon two ATV’s, one of which had broken down and was being towed by the other. It was later abandoned in the river, to be collected later. When we reached the clearing the weather forecast for once proved accurate and it started to rain, but thankfully it was light and short lived. We finished the hike in a good time of four hours and twenty minutes with most of the hikers retiring afterwards to the Canyon restaurant for food and refreshment.

Hike leadership and reporting by SRR. Photos by Michael and Bussakorn.

Amazing black flower. Photo by Bussakorn

2020/08/09_Mae Khanin river hike

If there is heavy rain this hike may be cancelled at short notice, so please check here before leaving home on Sunday morning

This is a ridge and river hike in the Mae Khamin valley area of approximately 16 kms. It is of moderate difficulty and should take between four to five hours. At the start there is a flat 2-3 km walk along a dirt road before we climb up to close to the top of the ridge. The climb up the ridge is not overly steep and should take about twenty five minutes. We then follow the ridge which eventually joins another dirt road which leads back down to the river. We then follow the river back to where we started to ascend the ridge.

This part of the hike will involve numerous crossings and re-crossings of the river.  Actually this “river” is normally a fairly shallow stream. Given the time of year, the water will be higher than the last few times we have done this hike. Hikers will probably get their legs wet and some may want to bring a second pair of shoes for the river crossing section. We then have the final walk back along the dirt road to the starting point. After the hike we will have refreshments and food in the Canyon restaurant.

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups. We car pool to the hike start point, but during the Covid-19 epidemic please bear in mind some limitations on this: individual drivers may wish to limit passenger numbers and/or require passengers to wear masks. We expect that car places will be available for those who need them, though we cannot absolutely guarantee this in advance.

Hike leader: SRR

Meeting time: 07:20 for an 07:30 departure.

Meeting place: At the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). Arrangements for vehicle sharing will be made at this place, before the convoy sets out for the hike start point.

 

2020/08/02_Trip Report_Ban Mae Sapok 14km Loop

A decent turn-out of 17 hikers, particularly given the gloomy weather forecasts, which for once were not wrong.

The Group split into two from the start, with 14 joining the longer hike and 3 planning a shorter tour of the local waterfalls. The photo shows the combined group straggling across the rice paddies opposite our parking place. Not to meet up again.

start-off

The initial climb was quite pleasant in cool conditions under an overcast sky. Highlight was a very handsome lizard, who posed nicely for us in the mistaken belief he was invisible.

Lizard

I can see you, but you can’t see me

The sweeping panoramas and rice paddies were negotiated with no problems and not a few photos. The village 711 was closed again, but at least provided a comfy spot for recuperation.

Group

panorama1

711

Not open all hours

As we started the steep descent into the Mae Wang Valley we were grateful the rain was still holding off thus avoiding turning the green algae-covered trail into a skating rink. In the event a good footing all the way down and no mishaps.

panorama2

The much-heralded rain obligingly held off until the Rambo Waterfall, after which it could do no real damage. From there a constant rain accompanied us for the remainder of the hike. Not heavy, but cumulatively sufficient to give us a good dousing.

At the end we were greeted, not by other hikers but by a pack of local village dogs. They were fortunate in that, as old friends, hikers had come prepared with a variety of delicious treats. Dinner without having to work for it.

dogs

Superior (or fortuitous) navigation smoothed out some of the trail wrinkles, resulting in a 1km reduction from the advertised 14km. Time taken a very respectable 5 1/2 hours.

After an initial misstep the will of the cognoscenti prevailed and we ended up at a recently-discovered restaurant. Conveniently located and with friendly service and decent food for a fair price it looks like a good venue for the future. As news of the heavy rain in Chiang Mai filtered through, it became clear how fortunate we had been to elect to go south. At least the roads were not washed out on the way home.

Thanks to Janet, Bussakorn and Andrew for photos and Stephen for restaurant-scouting.

2020/08/02_Report_Mae Wang Waterfall loop

In an exploratory ramble, as a shorter alternative to the main Ban Mae Sapok trip, three of us discovered a lovely little loop taking in the Mae Wang Waterfall.

After everyone had parked near Wat Tham Do Ton, our hike began with an impulsive decision to follow the main group across the paddies and over a bouncy cable-bridge in order to get a closer look at some still-furloughed and happily well-fed elephants. We then climbed up half a dozen tiers of flooded terraces where the new rice was coming up. Arriving at a track along the contour separating forest from farmland, we headed eastwards (whereas the main group had gone west). The view was delightful.

Before long we turned off this track, northwards down a slope to where more elephants were stuffing themselves, and across another bouncy cable-bridge so that we almost got back to the place where the cars were parked. In fact we hit the dirt track which is the continuation of the road we had driven on. It led after less than a kilometre to the waterfall park entrance.

This park is not highly-publicized at the best of times, and in this Covid year it appears almost abandoned. However, the steep and winding cement stairway down to the waterfall is fundamentally sound. At the bottom we crossed a rickety bridge and enjoyed the view.

 

On the other bank we found ourself in an idle camp resort.

A small Isaan family living nearby called us in a friendly way to visit the lovely sloping garden they are making, and to give further advice on our route options. The one of us who was experiencing after-effects of yoga overload promptly opted for the shortest way home: a choice which, to be fair, suited us all. While still ascending the south side of the little valley we passed a paddock where a mother buffalo was fiercely standing guard over her baby.

We reached the contour track taking us back toward the starting point. On the way along it we stopped to eat our packed lunches at an abandoned house that had a good view across the valley. Soon after that we arrived at our turn-off point for the second time (from the opposite direction) to go down past the busily-eating elephants and over the bouncy bridge and thence back to the cars.

Our total distance had been barely 6km. With many pauses to chat and enjoy the views had taken about three hours. This meant that we finished too early to make it worth trying to link up with the main group. We got in the car. The sky all morning had been overcast, but by the time we reached a cafe for our post-hike refreshments it had begun to emit specks of rain.

The specks had become a steady drizzle by the time we finished our meal, and gradually intensified on the drive into town, to become a real downpour, the sky getting so dark that the street lights came on. Fifteen hours later it is still raining…

Alternative hike leadership and reporting by Michael

 

2020/08/02_Ban Mae Sapok shorter hike

Again we will organize a shorter alternative to the main hike (for which see the post below), involving the same meeting-place and starting-point, and aiming to reunite with the stronger hikers over refreshments at the end. The exact route is still to be decided, and will depend partly on who chooses this option. But there are lots of options and we can hardly go wrong, as the entire area is enchanting.

2020/08/02_Ban Mae Sapok 14km Loop

In the event of heavy rain this hike may be cancelled. Please check this site on Sunday morning before leaving home.

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This is a picturesque hike through a variety of different terrains, including forest, highland rice cultivation and Hill-Tribe villages. Length 14km, total elevation gain about 800m and expected time 5 – 6 hours depending on the group. The last 4km or so follows the beautiful Mae Wang river past gorges and waterfalls. This hike was last done by the group more than 2 years ago and should be considered as an intermediate-level hike. Elevation gain is gradual and there are no protracted steep climbs. The steepest part is near the beginning. For the most part we will be using well-established trails and roads. There are multiple possible wrong turnings, so keeping together is an imperative.

We will stop a couple of times on the way round for snacks/ packed lunch. A bottled water supply can not be guaranteed, so please carry sufficient with you.

There are options for after-hike refreshments on the way home.

Hike Organizer: Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups. We car pool to the hike start point, but during the Covid-19 epidemic please bear in mind some limitations on this: individual drivers may wish to limit passenger numbers and/or require passengers to wear masks. We expect that car places will be available for those who need them, though we cannot absolutely guarantee this in advance.

Meeting Point & Time:

Driving to the hike start point will take about 1 hour 15 mins, so we will endeavour to leave the meeting place at 07.30 sharp.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). Arrangements for vehicle sharing will be made at this place, before the convoy sets out for the hike start point.

 

Items to bring:

  • A face mask.
  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • A picnic brunch.
  • Appropriate footwear (see post above).
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

2020/07/26_Report_Helipad-Orchard and Dtaat Mook WF loops

Like last week, 13 people showed up for this Sunday hike. The parking lot was very busy but everyone found a place to park.
Three hikers decided to do the hike to Dtaat Mook waterfall and start inside the HTT lake area, the others started walking from the carpark on the exercise path to the cell towers. From there we crossed the main road to a side road that leads to the starting point of the trail to the heliplatform. This was a pleasant 30 minutes warm-up.

The temperature went up quickly and that made the very steep climb to the helipad extra hard. One of the hikeleaders was suffering going up in this heat and had to slow down a little. Our youngest 14 years old hiker ran up, but he was suffering from pain in his leg at the end of the hike.
Just before the helipad we met another hiker and waited in the shade till everyone had caught up.

We made it to the helipad in a little bit more than one hour. The view was nice but not really clear because of the haze.
We continued our way up for another 15 minutes before we reached the dirt road through the orchard. This is always a nice area and a very easy trail.

At the “gallows tree” we stopped for another group picture and a little further we made a longer break at an old sala. Two hikers brought some lovely homemade (banana) cake to share and after this break everybody was ready for the last part of this hike.

At 12:30 we arrived at the area where King Kong and his strawmates overlooking the lake. It was a long weekend so very crowded with local tourist.
At restaurant No. 23 we found the other three hikers and we were lucky we all could sit together for lunch.


After the lunch we walked the last 2 km. back to the carpark where only our cars were left.
Despite the steep climb we had a nice 15 km. hike and a good time

Hikeleaders Ed and Karel. Report by Karel. 

PS The three hikers who did the shorter option to Dtaat Mook waterfall also experienced quite a tough time for the first hour of the hike, due to the hot sun on the sparsely-forested and steepish east-facing slopes. It was a relief and pleasure to reach a crest and drop into the verdant stream valley. We spent nearly half an hour at the waterfall before taking the return path mainly along the course of the stream, arriving back at the Standing Buddha about 11.30.

Additional reporting by Michael

2020/07/26_Dtaat Mook Waterfall

As a shorter alternative to the main hike (see next post), a few of us will walk to the Dtaat Mook Waterfall and back. It is likely to take 3-4 hours at a gentle pace. Add in an optional hour or two for an early lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants at the end.

We will meet at the same time and place as the main hike, and accompany them for the first half hour or so, though the exercise park and over the Huay Tung Tao dam. Then, instead of climbing up to the helipad, we keep more or less on the level, going to the head of the lake and thence relatively gently uphill to the waterfall.

Bear in mind that the way may be quite muddy and slippery at points if there has been overnight rain. Good shoes and hiking poles are advised.