26 people turned up at the meeting point for this hike & drove east along Hwy 1317 to link up with hike leader & family, before proceeding to the start point. The area at the start of the hike was already busy, with locals making merit with the monk living at the foot of the mountain, plus a group of mountain bikers getting ready for their ride up the mountain.
Due to a mountain bike accident, 2 days before the hike, hike leader had a swollen knee & was unable to offer the full hike which included a steep descent through the jungle back to the starting point. Fortunately, Jenny volunteered to lead those that were really keen to do the full loop.
The motorcycle road is a fairly easy hike, but the group soon got spread out. Eventually, we all made it to the stupa, where we had a break for snacks & photos. Unfortunately, the views weren’t as clear as earlier in the week, but were OK.
After the break, we continued up on to the Doi Ton ridge, heading south to the summit area, where he stopped for lunch.
Great views from here, south east towards Doi Khun Tan
After the lunch break, a group of 6 hardy hikers set off on the steep descent, whilst the others set off back down the way we came up. One intrepid hiker set off ahead of the group & managed to find a wrong path, leading him down towards Huay Lan stream to the east of the ridge. Luckily, he realized his mistake before getting completely lost, back tracked up to the ridge to catch the group up. Not mentioning any names, but can anybody guess who?
Eventually we all got down the motorcycle road back to our cars, & just as we were leaving the other 6 turned up.
Total hike length 14 km, climb about 700m, duration about 6 hours
Photos by Chan & Janet
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