21 hikers of 8 different nationalities, including a newbie family who managed to catch us up before we left the falls car park, and another visiting Hong Kong hiker. Also a very-welcome newbie (?) 4WD pickup owner who managed to get half the group in her vehicle for the short drive from the end point to the start point.
3km of uphill to start the day and with no Anders to lead the eager hikers (get well soon Anders, we missed you, as did the beer shop owners) we were soon strung out up the hillside. One eager hiker was not to be seen again until we were driving away from the waterfall after the end of the hike, and had to resort to paying local farmers to lead him back to the falls. Best to keep together, eh?
At the top, we turned right and walked a couple of kms along the ridge, then a leisurely stroll back down, with a few ‘interesting’ stream crossings just before the last short uphill stretch (didn’t we all enjoy that) to the carpark.
9.3 kms, up 523m (down a little more), in 4 hrs 30 mins; the kind-hearted 4W-drivers then had a short trip in Chan’s car before they had to walk an extra 20 mins, 1.7 kms, up 27m. And later wash their cars. Much appreciated, I’m sure. Some other hikers visited the falls, some the restaurants, but nobody braved the 200+ steps up to the cave temple. Not sure why.
Thanks to all who helped to explore this route, over the previous couple of weeks, walking and bushwhacking between 20 and 30 kms in the process. Hope we get some additional hike leader volunteers before any more of the current ones wear out.
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