For our hike on sunday, February 16 we plan to offer two options:
A relentless steady climb, gaining about 800m of altitude in less than 4.5 kms, and then steeply back down again, in the Doi Lanka area. Great ridge views and pine-tree smells, if the smog/weather allow, in a very undeveloped area, but some sections on very narrow slippery (with dry grass, pine needles and dead leaves) paths above steep drops.
Good views of other hikes done in this area – see map above. The red trail from the north is the famous ‘Roller Coaster’, while the bluey-purple loop at the south is the 14-stream-crossings route to Doi Lanka Noi. The thick dark blue (and orange) route in the middle is the ‘full monty’ 20 kms return trip to Doi Lanka Luang (at 2022m, allegedly Thailand’s 6th highest peak), taking fit hillwalkers up over 1,300m in nearly 10 hours, but we will be doing only the first, orange section of this hike. See altitude graph for the full longer hike below, with crosshairs showing the day’s goal (some hikers may wish to explore a little further, onto the plateau, if we have time):
Meeting point and route:
We will meet in front of the new Central Festival (CF) shopping mall (on the 118 side, not the superhighway, route 11 – see map below) before 08.00, then car share out past Doi Saket on Highway 118, the Chiang Rai road. After 40 kms or so we will turn right, at the Kha Moo Phuket restaurant junction, and drive along the 1252 road (hardtop, but poor road surface in places) for about 10-15 kms, then park in/near Wat Kio Tam (toilet available). We will aim to start hiking by about 09.00 and return to the vehicles about 6 hours, and 9 kms, later.
Hike leader: Mike
- at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks & lunch
- strong footwear with good grip, sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent
- long sleeves/pants for itchy long grass & spiky undergrowth, stick/pole(s) recommended, headtorch just in case
- contribution to transport costs (THB 100) if sharing a lift
- energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour
Option 2 : Three Waterfalls hike
The group for people who prefer a more relaxing walk and taking a bit more time to enjoy the nature . You do not need any elevated fitness for this hike.
We plan to meet at the Arboretum at 7:50 AM and leaving at 8:00 AM. We will cross the street from the arboretum, follow a small soi for a bit more than a kilometer before we start going up to Chang Kian Waterfall where we will have a short break . We will afterwards cross the Waterfall , climb up the mountain for 20 to 30 minutes and then walk down to the Doi Suthep Road. We will cross the road and go down to Wang Bua Ban Waterfall and Huay Kaew Waterfall, a total of around 3 hours. There are some steep sections, but in general it is an easy to medium hike. We will take it slowly also.
Hike leaders: Janet & Pam
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.
We cannot accommodate groups.
This time we will meet at 07:50 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).
- Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
- The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
- The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).
The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city
A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum
- around 1.5-2 liters of water or more, snacks and, maybe, picnic lunch
- good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
- energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
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