Huay Chang Khian, Huay Mae Yuak loop
This is the shortish Porcupine Falls loop, in an anticlockwise direction, with the 380m altitude gain therefore a little more gradual, though still mostly uphill for over 4.5 kms/two hours, but then a steeper descent over 2.5 kms, a total distance of around 7 kms. Up/down 400m. A few stream crossings and narrow stony paths above sharp drops need to be negotiated. A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required. We will walk at a moderate pace, probably taking around 4 hrs in total, including snack break. If we are very lucky we may see the porcupines I met on this route one Sunday. There are many confusing trail junctions on this hike, so please stick together with the leader at all times. Back in time for lunch.
If you want to join
If you are sure this hike is for you, after reading our “dangers”, “what to bring” and “what to do” tabs, just turn up at the meeting place on the day; there is no need to let us know you are coming. No groups please.
We will meet before 8 am where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the end of the soi. Approx <18°49’25.24″ N 98°56’55.24″ E>
- Head out from the moat NW towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Rd.
- Turn right onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
- Take the second soi, at the next traffic lights just before the old Fine Thanks restaurant, then bear right at the Y-junction and again right at the t-junction onto Soi Chang Khian.
- Continue along the main soi, bearing left at the mini roundabout, for over 2 kms, almost to the end of the soi. (Follow signs to Neo cafe and then continue past the cafe.)
See the map below (click to enlarge).
Please bring :
- at least 1-2 litres of water, and energy snacks
- strong footwear with thick tread/good grip, hat, and sunblock
- trekking pole or stick recommended for the steep descent
- long sleeves/pants recommended for long grass and spiky/itchy undergrowth
- plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour
If it rains
Weather looking OK for the start but some forecasts predict rain for later in the morning. Let’s go ahead but be prepared for rain later.
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