Huay Lan 3 Dams Loop
There are plenty of hiking opportunities near the Huay Lan Reservoir. In the past year we have seen an “easy hike” of about 7 km, which included two dams, and a “very grueling hike” of about 15 km following the ridge around the Huay Lan watershed. The upcoming “Huay Lan 3 Dams Loop” will be something in between. It’s about 13 km long and parts of it overlap with the “Easy Hike”. The hike includes a large loop around a hill, which involves a bit of climbing. However, the highest point of the hike is just 178 m higher than the lowest point. The ascend is not very difficult but there are a few places where you don’t want to slip.
We will start at the eastern side of the main reservoir. The first 2 km are more or less flat, easy walking, circling the foot of the hill. We then climb about 170 meter over a distance of 1.4 km to reach the highest point of the hike at the backside of the hill. Then we continue through a valley and over the next 1.5 km we descend 125 meter and then reach a small dam. That’s a good moment to rest a bit and eat some snacks.
The hardest part is now over and from here we will follow the road for a short distance (same as in the Easy hike) but with a small loop through the forest before reaching the next dam. After this dam, the rest of the hike is more or less flat. When we reach the starting point we will walk on for another 300 meters to reach a small restaurant where they sell cold drinks and cook some simple dishes.
The above picture shows the “Huay Lan 3 Dams Loop”.
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 unless you are coming in a big group.
We will meet at 8:00 AM sharp at the main entrance of Chiang Mai Railway Station:
- Head out to Nawarat Bridge.
- Cross the bridge and keep going out on Charoen Mueang Rd.
- The Railway Station is on the right after 1.9 km.
- Enter the railway station and meet us at the main entrance to the station itself. It is better to park outside as there is a charge for parking after 20 minutes in the car park.
Transportation from the meeting point
We will share cars to drive from the railway station to On Tai. It is about 30 km and will take 45 minutes to drive out there. For those who do not have a car there are probably enough spaces in cars to fit everybody in. We would suggest a small donation to the driver towards petrol for a lift there and back, if sharing a car.
Bring around 2 liters of water or more, some kind of lunch or snacks, good footwear, hat, walking stick, insect repellant, sunblock, etc.
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