Seventeen hikers turned up at the Arboretum on a bright and cool(ish) morning for the weekly Sunday hike. After driving up to the Park Headquarters and regrouping we set off on the trail up to 5-Way-Junction at 08:30. Along the way we took a few water-breaks and a brief stop to talk to a group of workers carrying a load of bamboo along the way. Apparently, they were going to make a small dam to collect/divert what little water there is. After about 1.5hrs hiking we came to the junction where we paused for a snack break. Two hikers had to turn around here and head back to Chiang Mai as they only had half-day passes so we bade them farewell and, topped-up with water and snacks, set off once again on the dirt road up to Ban Khun Chang Kian arriving there at about 11:15. The sun decided to poke its head out of the clouds making lunch and the local coffee all the more enjoyable. It was decided to split into 2 groups for the first leg of the return journey, one group to make the loop back to 5-Way-Junction and one to retrace the route taken up to the village.
With lunch over, and the groups sorted, it was back on the respective trails again. The loop group had hoped to make a small detour to see the Hidden Waterfall but, sadly, it is still dry so we just looked at the dry rock face from a distance and carried on our way. The two groups met up again at the junction and continued back to the Park Headquarters where we arrived at about 14:30.
Thanks to all who came along and made it a fun day out and a special thanks to Chan for the photos
For those interested in stats, my gps gives a total distance of 19.4km and a total ascent of 850mtrs.
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