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140323 _ Trip Report_ Sri Sang Wan Waterfall Loop

On this Sunday,  two different hikes were offered, one lead by Janet and one lead by  Anders. 14 hikers chose Janet’s group and 7 the group of Anders.
It was very foggy and dark and we had to put on the car lights for the last part of our ride,  but because of the rain and thunderstorm the night before , the air was pure and clean.

Hikers in the mist

Hikers in the mist

The station is located on an elevation of 1413 m, and here began the hike down to Ban Mong Doi Pui. We passed through the village and  continued on the path leading towards the Buddha Footprint. Due to the risk of  fire in the area we had to sign the rangers book.

Sign in for the hike

Sign in for the hike

The path is now completely cleaned of dead leaves. We turned  down south  to the ridge which leads to the valley below the village. Here the rangers have burned off parts of the western side of the ridge. Luckily for us, the fog and moisture bound the ashes to the ground. Once down in the valley, the sun came through and  the fog  disappeared with  comfortable temperatures.

Down in the valley

Down in the valley

We walked down to the waterfall on the dirt road, turned off to the shortcut, and climbed over the rickety bridge.

tricky bridge

The rickety bridge

Once down we had our lunch and took the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim before the tough hike up to the final destination.

Swimming in the waterfall lagoon

Swimming in the waterfall lagoon

Interestingly, now in the dry season revealed a small cave behind the large waterfall.

The secret cave

The secret cave

Until now, it had been a pleasant hike mostly downward with the hard section still ahead of us . Now waiting 4 km ascended, with a rise from 659 m, the waterfall, to the forest ranger station at 1413 m.
We wandered up to the dirt road again and turned shortly on a new trail, which follows a ridge up to the top. It was easy to hike in spite of the pitch, because the trail is also a firebreak.
Halfway up, the nature changed and pine trees took over.

The pine forest

The pine forest

 

Half way up

Half way up

Once up we puffed out, and agreed that it was great hike.

A bit tired hikes, but happy for a good hike

A bit tired hikes, but happy for a good hike

We then drove down to Doi Suthep Temle parking area, and took the usual hiker beer. By the way, the same restaurant as Janet’s group.

Cold hikers beer

Cold hikers beer

Facts
Distance 17.1 km
Time 5 H 18 M
The lowest point, the waterfall, 659 M
Highest point, the Sala at the foot of the Buddha Footprint, 1441 M

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