A total of twenty cheerful souls made up the group for today’s hike and, after the customary preparations and photos, we set off at about 0815. The loop began with a short walk along a narrow dirt track which was soon left for a fairly overgrown trail which lead us into the forest and the first, and shorter, of the two ascents. On reaching the top of this hill the trail then took us down again to the agriculture research area where a short water break was taken before setting off on a muddy dirt road that leads into the research station camp. From here we took a trail which quickly brought us to the second, longer and steeper, ascent of the hike. Taking regular breaks steady progress was made and upon reaching an open area about two thirds of the way up, where there used to be a waterfall, a longer snack break was taken.
Snacks eaten, water taken onboard and the conversation returning, it was time to get back on the trail and the last part of the ascent. On reaching an intersection we had reached the top of our climb and took a left turn and followed a trail which, roughly, followed the contour and is best described as “interesting” in that it is quite overgrown and offers a wide variety of terrains and vegetation in a short distance. At about the half-way point of this section a small ridge bisects the trail so, a short detour was taken to take in the view and have lunch.
With lunch over we retraced our tracks along the ridge and rejoined the “interesting” trail along the mountainside. Just as the trail improves and becomes easy it was time to go off-trail for a few hundred metres and down to a small stream and, after some searching, the route was found and the stream reached.
We followed the stream for only a few metres before taking a trail which, roughly again, contoured the mountainside, crossing a small stream and running along the side of a steep gorge until coming to an intersection where we took a sort of ridge trail and began our descent in more open forest. With about a kilometer to go and the majority of the descent over we, once again, came to the stream we walked along back up the mountain. The weather being good and no one was in a hurry it was time for a little break to soak up the peace and tranquility before heading back to cars and the bustle of CM With the meditation break over we crossed the stream and hiked along a small dirt road that ran beside the stream for the last kilometre arriving back at the start point at just before 1330.
Thanks to all who came on the hike and making it a great day out, hope you enjoyed it.
The stats for those that are interested; distance 11.1km, total ascent 660mtrs, time 5hrs 10mins
Big thanks to Chan for the photos.
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