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17/04/23_Trip report_Wat Pang Faen loop

A strong team of 14, including 6 biker hikers, assembled at the temple, via Susco and Bangjak Doi Saket, and began walking at 08.22, swapping the smoky air of Chiang Mai for the slightly less smoky air out past Doi Saket.

start photo

The early gentle gradient didn’t last long and soon the ascent began in earnest ranging from “steepish” to steep (on the CM Hiking Index!) for the next hour or so but, with a good track, overcast skies and a relatively cool temperature it wasn’t too bad and the ridge was made by all in a very respectable time, despite the large tree which had blocked the road since Weds.

pied piper at work

Pied piper at work

Arnie, whose thighs had returned to normal size after last week’s mishaps, then led a small group of three round the basic loop we had planned (8.45 kms, up 460m, 3 hrs 24 mins) while the first XI made speedy progress along the optional extra route and were keen to then continue even further along the cool breezy ridge, despite the hazy views made worse by some local burning bringing smoke down from the N.

tree 1

In the end, we reached the point where our Weds explorers had earlier identified an “interesting” new trail back down to the main highway, so one leader took a couple of willing side-kicks down that route (10.5 kms, up 670m, 4 hrs 6 mins, to be used for a new Sunday hike in the near future) past new mulberry fields, while the other led the slightly depleted main group back along the planned return route (12.7 kms, 736m up, 4 hrs 33 mins), following (mostly) in the footsteps of the earlier group.  The descent from the ridge was quite steep and rocky to start with but comes down into fairly gentle farm land for the final section of the hike back to the Wat and a nice cool drink and something to eat.

Arnie: After a short rest at the ridge connection Chan, MM and I hiked down on the trail south, after seeing a big eagle on the way up. A real huge one! Circulated on the termic winds like an airplane, looking for a lunch meal (not us I hope). It was great to see!!  We manage the hike down easy, and after 3h and 24 minutes we were back at the temple. We calculated that the main group was about 1 hour behind us, a correct guess. “Meanwhile in the jungle”, MH was on his exploration hike with 2 fellows. In the middle of my first beer, and in the start of my food (sorry – Ed), he called me, and requested a  pick up service. When I drove at the highway I spotted some lonely souls walking on the sidewalk towards me ……

J tree 2

A little cooler and breezier than feared, especially on the higher ridge.  Thanks to our photographers, Arnie for special driving services, and to all five intrepid explorers who’ve helped out (and bushwhacked) in this area on three occasions over the past three weeks. Report cobbled together by Arnie, MH & PGB.  More photos expected soon.

Map

Arnie red, plus PGB purple, plus MH grey

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