An easy, popular, 8.5 km high-level loop which is becoming a fixture in our repertoire around this time of year. We escape to cooler temperatures, the smell of pine trees and beautiful, panoramic, long distance ridge views to North (Doi Chiang Dao) and South (Doi Pui), if clear. Gentle ups and downs, mostly along little-used vehicle tracks. Suitable for almost all, with 3-4 hours walking (and about 45 mins drive each way). Shortcuts and vehicle access possible for any who falter. Since we will finish earlier than usual, there should be time afterwards for any hikers who wish to visit the nearby Royal Project, Botanical Gardens or other Mae Sa valley attractions/resorts in the afternoon, or go to a nearby cheap & cheerful campsite restaurant (where we went a couple of weeks ago, after hiking Joe’s loop) with good views for lunch.
Stephen and Michael. Given the predilection of one of our novice co-hike leaders for getting lost in the wilderness we have decided to call this hike “The Donner Party hike” (re California, USA 1846-7). Thought we’d mention that in case the first paragraph sounded too lovely.
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. Well-behaved dogs welcome. No groups please.
We will meet before 07.30 am in front of the 700-year stadium (see map), just beside the 121 irrigation canal road (not inside the stadium) and leave there promptly at 07.30, then…
- Car-share in convoy north towards Mae Rim on routes 121 and 107.
- Turn left onto the military Mae Rim bypass road towards the Mae Rim-Samoeng (Mae Sa valley) Rd.
- Turn left onto the Mae Sa valley 1096 road towards Samoeng.
- Re-group, waiting for any stragglers in front of the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden entrance.
- Turn off north and climb up the 4027 rural road to the Mon Jaem carpark/restaurant/viewpoint at 1,275 metres.
- Start hiking by 08.30 am. Finish hiking around noon.
- See the map below (click to enlarge).
Please bring :
- at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
- money for restaurant lunch, and THB 100 for your driver if sharing their car.
- sunhat, sunblock, rain protection.
- energy, enthusiasm, and good humour.
- spare fresh T-shirt, frock or tux you can change into at the end, especially if you are going to be traveling home with others in a car.
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