Trip report Sunday 8th November.
28 hikers met up at Promenda & proceeded to the start point at the Huay Lan reservoirs on the eastern side of Chiang Mai valley, where hike leader & family plus 3 others were waiting for them. After transferring 3 pickup trucks to the finish point, we were on or way. Within 100m a couple of hikers dropped out due to a hiking boot starting to disintegrate & a surprising lack of cobblers in the area. Hike leaders to pack contact cement & duct tape on future hikes?
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.
Fantastic views west to Doi Ton and the ridge line heading south & east to Doi Thi (1000m elevation).
After lunch we continued north along the ridge towards Doi Pa Tueng.
Then began the descent back down to the reservoir.
Hike 4.5 hrs
Distance 10.5 KM
Total ascent 560m
Total descent 518m (elevations approx)
Photos by Chan & Andrew
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