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120318 Porcupine Falls in Reverse

Huay Chang Khian, Huay Mae Yuak loop

This is the Huay Chang Khian – Huay Mae Yuak loop which Mike B led on 5th February, but in an anticlockwise direction this time. The 380m altitude gain is therefore a little more gradual, though still uphill for over 4.5 kms, and probably two hours, but then with a much steeper descent over 2.5 kms, a total distance of around 7 kms. A few stream crossings and narrow stony/ash-covered paths above sharp drops need to be negotiated. A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required. There may be an alternative hike the same day. We will walk at a moderate pace, probably taking around 4 hrs in total, including snack break. If we are very lucky we may see the porcupines I met on this route one Sunday.

There is another hike on the same day.

We will :

  • leave at 8 am from where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the very end of the soi.
  • hop across the stream, then steeply up and around the edge of the scout camp.
  • climb mostly-gently upwards North for about one hour to ‘Porcupine Falls’.
  • climb more-steeply for a further hour SE up to a high-level orchard.
  • turn off, initially gently SW, but later quite steeply W, downhill, to get back to the start point.
  • A very rough map of the loop from memory is shown below;

    no GPS readings available.

    Very rough map of loop

    Hike Leader

    Mike B.

    If you want to join

    Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming.

    Meeting Place

    We will meet before 8 am where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the end of the soi.

    • Head out from the moat NW towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Rd.
    • Turn right onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
    • Take the second soi, at the next traffic lights just after 711, before Fine Thanks, then right at the t-junction onto Soi Chang Khian.
    • Continue along the main soi, bearing left at the mini roundabout, for over 2 kms, almost to the end of the soi.

    See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

    Scout Camp Location

    Scout Camp Location


    Please bring :

    • at least 1-2 litres of water, and energy snacks
    • strong, enclosed boots/footwear, hat, and sunblock
    • trekking pole or stick recommended for the steep climb and descent
    • long sleeves/pants recommended for long grass and spiky/itchy undergrowth
    • plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour

    If it rains

    If it is raining heavily in the morning we will probably cancel the hike. But in the case of lighter rain if it looks like the weather might clear up we will probably go ahead with the hike and brave the rain which will at least cool us down.

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