17 people turned up at Arboretum for the hike. We started off by ferrying the group up the road to the parking area at Wang Bua Baan to save on time and energy. The hike up to 5-ways junction was uneventful and we sat down for brunch at 10.00.
From 5-ways the track leads down through orchards and cultivated area to a stream with boggy banks. The trick here is to find this large tree trunk that has fallen over the stream and leads directly onto an indistinct trail that winds its way along the valley slope of the Chiang Khian stream. Unfortunately we tried to cross the stream too high up, which resulted in much floundering in mud, bourne with great good humour by the group.
Fortunately the correct route was located before too long and we enjoyed a pleasant jungle walk down along the stream and from there on to the main trail back to Wang Bua Baan, where we arrived exactly at 13.00.
Someone in a good mood had painted a smiley onto a falang fruit in the orchard beside the track.
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