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17/01/08_Mae Takhrai ‘Goldilocks’ ridge

The weather forecasts seem fine. Let’s go ahead. Thanks for checking! Be careful of speed cameras on H.118 today.

By popular request (well, 2 of you), we will repeat this ridge walk (but in the opposite direction) on the E side of the CM valley: not too high or too long or too far out of town*, but with good views of the surrounding peaks, valleys and ridges. (Sorry, no guarantee it won’t be too hot/cold/misty, wet/dry or soft/hard for our wide range of Goldilocks hikers 😉  The first kilometre or so of the hike is all uphill, climbing up 350m in elevation from the trailhead to the top of the ridge (see start of blue line on the left hand side of the image below), but we will take this section slowly, and then we hike along ridge-top trails (some narrow stony trails above steep drops), which undulate gently up and down until we reach our final peak and then drop back down to the road.

GE MTK II

Almost 10 kms, up 650m (down a little more) in probably about 5 hours, depending on group speed and weather conditions. (Hopefully no lost goldilocks this time!)

DSC06390 rocks

*about 40 kms (30 mins drive), much nearer town (and much lower elevation) than many of our hikes out this way (eg. Roller Coaster and Doi Mot/Phi Pannam).

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Hike Leaders: Mike & assistants

If you want to join:

If you are sure you are well-prepared for this kind of hike (see the dangers, what to do and things to bring tabs at the top of the page) and accept responsibility for your own safety, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time.  There is no need to let us know you are coming. We cannot accommodate groups. Don’t be late as we leave the meeting point on time.

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Meeting Place:

We will meet at 07.20 am in front of CenFes on H.118 (the road out to Doi Saket and Chiangrai, see map below) opposite the Isuzu showroom (not on the Superhighway H.11 side) for an 07.30 am start. We will then share vehicles out along H.118 for about 30 minutes, dropping off a vehicle or two at the Mae Takhrai National Park office on the way, but then taking most vehicles about 5 kms further along the road to the start point of the hike.

Central Festival meeting point

Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink.
  • strong, comfortable footwear with good grip in the mud and/or loose stones.
  • protection from heat/sun, cold/rain, insects. Trekking pole(s)/stick(s) also recommended.
  • a change of clothes and Bt.100 for your driver if you’d like to get a lift with someone.
  • picnic lunch and energy snacks.
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and a sense of humour.

3 Responses

  1. Hi,

    I’m visiting Chiang Mai at the moment and would really like to join this hike. Is it possible to do so?

    I’m a regular hike back home in London.

    I’m staying in the centre of town. Don’t know how to get to the start point. Would it be possible to get a lift from town? I’d happily pay for the lift?

    Would really like to join a local hike.

    Yoginee Patel

    Sent from iPhone

    • Hi Yoginee, all welcome but note that the hills are much higher here than in London, and the snakes a little more venomous! 😉
      Let’s see if anyone can offer you a lift… though any songtaew should be able to take you to CenFes (“Sen Fess” or Central Festival shopping mall very easily if not.

  2. Great Google Earth route graphic in this post. Mike, maybe sometime you should give a seminar for hike leaders on GPS/graphics technology.

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