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120902_Trip report_Paul’s hike

Hiking track East of Ban Khun Chang Khian

Six of us, and Pepsi the dog, did the more energetic hike today, a
circuit to the east of Ban Khun Chang Kien.
We started by having coffee in the village then driving the rest of
the way to the end of the concrete road. From here we descending 500m,
following the road to Huay Tung Taew, then left the road on a path
through forest to the same creek we crossed at the top of our walk up
from 700 year stadium, three weeks ago. From this point we ascended
up the side of a beautiful orchard filled valley, formed by the stream
we’d just crossed.
Our first(!) stop was for lunch, about a third of the way up. A great
place for a peaceful siesta as several of the company noted.
The remainder of the hike was uneventful, although yet again I managed
to miss the turn taking us back a more interesting route. Message to
self: the turn is at siesta sala!
We arrived back to the cars about 12.30 – pretty good going courtesy
of some fast walkers – leaving time for a prolonged coffee at the CMU
coffee shop.
No rain, and I think we all enjoyed this hike thoroughly.

Walk description: Go to the large sala/lookout opp the temple at East
end of Ban Khun Chang Kien. Path starts to the L of this (or can go on
the road which is in front of the temple). Continue down to R when
reach a road. Descend past a tiny ‘bus stop’ sala on L. This is the
top of the shortcut from last week’s walk. Reach T junction of tracks,
but with a clearly visible path opposite. Take path & ascend over a
hill, then down through forest & bamboo to about 870m altitude, where
the path is fairly flat, and look for small path forking to R
(currently marked with silver & blue film). Take this path (if you
continue straight on it leads to a small waterfall above the 700 year
stadium). Pass a turnoff to the L going to the overgrown cultivated
area at 600m that we fought through 2 weeks ago. Descend to a creek.
Cross creek, then fight through a metre or so of undergrowth to the
cultivated area a bit higher on the right.. Follow edge cultivated
area to a small sala, then take the track which finishes here towards
the creek previously crossed, but which curves round to the Left to
follow the valley partway up its side. Several orchards & salas. At
1084m altitude reach a sala, the track becomes small and it passes to
the Right of then behind a sala. This path returns you to the track
you started on just below the ‘bus stop’.

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