After carpooling from the 700 Year Stadium and then dropping off a few cars at the end point of the hike, a group of 40 hikers started walking on dirt road then trails which all but disappeared at points due to overgrown vines – thank you Chan for clearing the way. After a few shallow river crossing we made our way steeply uphill and rested at a nice viewpoint near the top, waiting for Anders to rejoin us after chasing down a few stray hikers (no need to mention names).
The trail onwards from here to the first village was completely overgrown so we diverted to join the road below the village and stopped in the shade at a great viewpoint for our lunch break. We followed the road from here to the second village and then beyond through a few orchards (longan?) before descending to the river, and after a trickier crossing we rested at the impressive Erawan Waterfall.
Continuing along the river from here we soon reached the end point with welcoming cold refreshments on offer. We began to ferry the hikers back to the start point (about 5 km) where about ½ of the group stayed for drinks and food on bamboo huts nestled over the rocky shore of the Mae Taeng river, watching the white-water rafting/kayaking groups float by on the fast flowing river.
All in all it was a great hike in the Mae Taeng valley with beautiful views and several waterfalls.
7 hours (including breaks)
1305m elevation gain
Hike leaders: Anders & Jenny
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