Short hike; short trip report. 30 hikers, including some returning old friends, gathered at the surprisingly-cool but horribly rubbish-strewn, meeting point and hiked up steadily to the viewpoint in the predicted 60 minutes. After a snack and photo break we then braved the road side down to the mid-point of the Pilgrim’s Trail, where we split into two groups: 14 went straight down to Wat Palad and, we hope, back to the start, while 16 went up the PT; most just to the big bend, but a few right up to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
After a little regrouping by the enormous smelly temple rubbish tip at the big bend, we came down in three smaller groups, had a brief stop at picturesque Wat Palad, and then made the unfortunate decision to change the plan and take the ‘shortcut’ back across to the Galare restaurant area, but then forgot to look out for the turnoff (too much talking). After a little dithering and backtracking on a lower trail, we then made the much more sensible decision to continue down the Pilgrims Trail and back along the road to the vehicles, where a husband and wife were joyfully reunited after half a hike apart.
Sorry I didn’t stay to chat – I was late for an important appointment with a Cow Pat Poo. No photos either – if anyone has any they’d like to share, please email them and I’ll add some to the report. If anyone else did exactly the same hike I did, they walked approximately 9.7 kms, up/down almost 800m, in just under 4.5 hours.
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