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16/01/03_ Trip report – The Many Peaks of Doi Ton, & Into The Heart of Huay Lan…

  22 hikers eventually met up at the start point next to the southern reservoir at Huay Lan Project.  7 made their own way there, while 15 met up outside Promenada Mall.  After a short delay, waiting for those who missed the turnoff to Huay Lan to catch up, we began our hike with an easy walk through the forest to the dry bed of Huay Lan stream.  From there we climbed the pilgrim’s trail up to the base of the cliffs.  Going was steep, but the morning was cool,  & the sun was hidden by the hills.  The steep trail was hard going for our youngest member (7 years old), especially the high steps cut into the clay soil, but the group managed to keep together, with frequent short breaks.

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Approching the steel steps

 

First one up, to assess strength of steps ;-)

First one up, to assess the structural integrity of the steps 😉

 

Engineer says "go for it!"

Engineer says “go for it!”

After climbing the steel steps up the gap in the cliffs, we then continued to the chedi on top of the cliffs overlooking the Chiang Mai valley.  Views were fairly clear, but not as good as on New Years Day, when hike leader checked the trail.

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At the chedi

 

After a break at the chedi for snacks & snaps, we headed south along the ridge, stopping for lunch at a high point just before the highest peak of Doi Ton at 909 m.

After lunch we turned east & began the descent.  The trail was mostly good, apart from one steep slippery section, & then a final descent into a mosquito infested dry ravine that led us to the main Huay Lan stream bed.  From there it was an easy 2 km hike back to our starting point.

A couple of views from the same hike I made on New Years Day:

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Distance hiked, 11 km.  Elevation gained 700 m.  Time taken, 5 hours 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 


 

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