This weeks hike starts and finishes near to where the now closed Valley Café was and is an interesting loop of about 11.5km. and mainly on good trails. The first few hundred metres is over flat terrain but we will quickly turn off and make our first ascent, about 150mtrs, through the forest after which we will descend and pass a small camp and lake before making the second, and final, ascent of about 350mtrs. The trail leads to a junction where we will head west along a trail we used a few weeks ago and follow the contour for a kilometer or so. This section is quite overgrown and has a few step drops so a pole and good boots are a must. There is also an area where there are some good views, weather permitting of course.
The start of the descent is a bit tricky as there is no defined trail for the first 200 metres or so but the terrain is not too difficult and should not cause any problems. We then follow a small stream for a short while, you may get wet feet here, before picking up the trail again. The trail then roughly follows the contour for about a kilometre along a steep valley before leading to a junction where we will take a trail that goes back to the start point and has some good views on the way.
Although this is not a difficult hike (definitely medium) parts are quite overgrown making progress a bit slow at times.
Total hike time about 6hrs
Hike leader: Peter
If you want to join:
Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.
Meeting Point & Time:
We will meet at 0730 and leave at 0740 prompt at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road which is about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). There is limited parking space at the start point so we will try to keep cars to a minimum.
Items to bring:
- At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
- A picnic lunch.
- Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
- Sticks/poles .
- Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
- Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
- Rainwear, unless you are happy to be soaked.
- Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.
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