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130908_Trip Report_ Samoeng loop

We had wonderful weather for this hike which was a new route for the group and involved a special arrangement for the drivers. Twenty-three hikers, including several new, young ones, and 2 dogs showed up, and by 7:30 we were on our way to the starting point at Mae Ha, leaving one car at the exit point at the National Park entrance on the Samoeng Rd.

Group at start. Chan volunteers to stay in back.

Group at start. Chan volunteers to stay in back.

It was 8:20 as we started out, and for the first couple hours we hiked mostly uphill on a wide dirt track, often with narrow paved car tracks which were a great help under otherwise slippery conditions. We had some beautiful views and several rest stops.
Anders points the way

Anders points the way

For the next hour or so we crossed through a couple valleys, experiencing various types of terrain, and finally took a short cut from a lychee orchard which brought us out on the dirt track between Baan Doi Pui and the Samoeng Rd. Almost to Sri Sangwan waterfall we took another shortcut which came to a tricky log crossing of the stream above the falls.
Log crossing

Log crossing

By 11:45 we had come down to the waterfall where we spent an enjoyable 1/2 hour eating our pack lunches and playing in the waterfall area.
At the waterfall

At the waterfall

After lunch we spent a couple hours walking downhill the final 6 km. to the Samoeng Rd. where Richard’s car awaited to take the drivers back to Mae Ha. We had spent 5 hrs. to complete the hike, a pretty good time for such a large group. Many of the hikers then went to Valley cafe for refreshments.

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