Trip report Sunday 5th October.
27 hikers met up at Promenada & headed out to Huay Lan reservoirs on the eastern side of Chiang Mai valley, where 3 hike leaders & 1 other were waiting for them. After transferring a couple of pickup trucks to the finish point, we were on or way.
The first 2 km were easy going, making about 5 easy crossings of the Huay Lan stream, which was at a fairly low level. Above us to our right were the cliffs of Doi Ton.
After a short rest for snacks, & to allow the hikers to regroup, we crossed the stream before making a steep ascent through bamboo forest. Great views across the valley to Doi Ton on the other side.
After this initial steep ascent, we continued climbing through forest which gave welcome shade, as it was getting hot by now. After 2 hours of hiking we broke clear of the forest and reached the ridge line.
One final short climb & we arrived at the view point at 720 m above sea level.
Conifer trees provide shade for our lunch break. At about this time it started to cloud over.
Fantastic views west to Doi Ton and the ridge line heading south & east to Doi Mae Thi (1000m elevation).
After lunch we continued north along the ridge towards Doi Pa Tueng.
Then began the descent back down to the reservoir. One hiker had a potentially nasty fall on the way down, but, luckily didn’t suffer any serious injury.
Back down at the finish, all 31 hikers squeezed into the back of the 2 pickup trucks to return to the start point & the rest of the vehicles.
Out of the original 31 hikers, 20 headed for “refreshments” at a nearby resort.
Fortunately the storm that hit the area waited until we’d got off the mountain.
Hike 5 hrs
Distance 10.5 KM
Total ascent 560m
Total descent 518m (elevations approx)
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