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18/09/30_Porcupine Falls Loop

Please drive/ride carefully through the morning mist and get ready for rain during the hike. No views expected. 

An old favourite, local, low level hike of two halves, with around 400m of steepish altitude gain for maybe 90 minutes over the first 2.5 kms, passing by Chiang Khian waterfall on the way up to the Hmong orchards, but then mostly gently descending, though with occasional steeper sections, for about 4.5 kms, passing Porcupine Falls above the 700-year dam. A total loop distance of around 7.5 kms.  A few slippery stream crossings and narrow stony/overgrown paths above sharp drops need to be negotiated.  A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required.  We will walk at a slowish pace, probably taking around 3-4 hrs in total, and should be back in time for lunch.  We are unlikely to see the porcupines I met on this loop once.  (Stronger hikers may want to continue higher, perhaps on up to gurgling crossroads and Doi Pha Kha, at 1,135m, if they know the way there and back.)

GE view of the loop, looking W

If you want to join

After reading our ‘dangers’ 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. No re-advertising on social media please.

Meeting Place

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) from where the hike will also begin/end.   (18°49’25.22″N,  98°56’55.18″E, ish)

  • Head out from town on Huay Kaew Rd, NW towards Doi Suthep.
  • Turn right, N, onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
  • Take the second soi left, at the next traffic lights, then right at the t-junction onto the main 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.  Ignore all turns off the main soi onto side sois, and follow signs for Neo Cafe and Wild Coffee/Bistro.  The meeting/start point is not far after the cafes.

See the map below (click to enlarge).

Map to meeting place

Map to meeting place


Please bring :

  • at least 1-2 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks
  • strong, enclosed boots/footwear, hat, sunblock, rain protection
  • trekking pole or stick recommended for steep climb/descent
  • long sleeves/pants recommended for long grass and spiky/itchy undergrowth
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit, good humour (& no hangover)
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