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17/05/28_Wieng Kum Kam and McKean Island

The group in front of sluice gate at the start of the hike

16 people showed up for this special hike in the historical suburbs. Unfortunately, it seems we set off too suddenly at 7.40 and lost one as soon as we started. Sorry, J.  Crossing the sluice gate over the Ping River into the Wieng Kum Kam area is a rather hidden joy. We arrived in a shady meadow where horses grazed and flame-trees blossomed.

We headed first for the landmark of Wat Chedi Liem, and then along a series of minor roads, alleys and other pathways which took us past many other temples: some glittering and current, some ancient brick layouts.

Only once did the road chosen by the leader degenerate through all the stages of rough track, muddy path, and  finally mud, water and rubbish without any path. From this we somehow emerged and found our bearings again, and continued southwards toward McKean Island.

Janet, who worked at the McKean hospital from 1975, told us how the “island” (bounded on the east by a channel and the west by the Ping) had once been occupied by a rogue white elephant. After it died (the story goes), people were afraid of its haunting spirit. That may explain why this large piece of land was chosen to be allocated by the ruler of Chiang Mai in the early 20th  century to the missionary Dr McKean, for looking after people afflicted by leprosy. Now that multi-drug therapy and stigma reduction allow sufferers to stay in their own communities while being treated, the island is mainly a sanctuary for other vulnerable folk, especially elderly. We did not have time to fulfill the original plan of going all the way to the hospital and back, but got a taste of the area’s peaceful atmosphere. We then returned to our starting point via the small bridge near Wat Ko Klang, the back road to Wat Pa Daet, and a restaurant where eight of us lingered for midday refreshments.

 

Distance walked was 13-14km in 4h 15m. Elevation gained and relinquished: virtually zero. Weather: umbrellas were used as sunshades.

Hike leadership and report by Michael M. Photos thanks to Letlet.

 

 

17/05/21_Trip report_Doi Lang Lo loop

Small minivet – photo by Jenny

Nine people (including the two hike leaders) started this hike on a surprisingly dry morning. Unfortunately the higher we climbed the hotter and more humid it seemed to become. By the time we had reached the summit just after two hours, the main priority was finding a shady area for lunch rather than looking at the views (which were impressive). On the descent there were some minor slips with one hike co leader’s slip on a steep slope fortunately terminated by a nearby tree. With the heat taking its toll everyone was fairly tired by the end of the five hour hike and no one had the energy or enthusiasm to go to the hot springs, so refreshments (rehydration) were had at a small restaurant on the way back to CM.

Hike leadership by S and Monjiro. Report by S. Photos by Jenny and Chan.

17/05/21 Trip report – 3 waterfalls loop

The day dawned sunny and hot. When 7 hikers met at the Arboretum anticipating a hike to visit 3 waterfalls, the leader had to explain that since a portion of the trail, which was an essential connection, has disappeared, we would only be visiting 2 waterfalls. At 7:45 we left for Huay Kaew waterfall and had a short water break at the sala of Wang Bua Baan, and then continued right on to Chang Khian waterfall.  On the way we found that parts of the trail were rather neglected, and in fact another connecting portion was so overgrown we couldn’t see it and so detoured around it. But the waterfall was still there and fully met our expectations.  As soon as we got our boots off we were under the refreshing spray and then under the force of the pounding falls.  Quite a massage, invigorating and dizzying! Wet shirts were spread out to dry while we enjoyed our pack lunches or snacks, even though it was still well before noon.

As we started back on a different route, at first we found the trail again neglected, other than by red ants. Things improved as we progressed, and soon we had come out near the Boy Scout Camp and headed back toward the Arboretum, making a rather lengthy stop at a lovely cafe. Having a small and pleasant group was quite a treat as we each had opportunity to visit with each of the others.

2017/05/21 Choice of two hikes (easier and harder)

This Sunday two different hikes are planned. One is easier (and may also be easier to get to, for people living in central Chiang Mai). The other is harder, and a bit further away. Scroll down the next two posts for details.

17/05/14_Trip report_Wat Chom Khiri Loop

 

After a long and narrowly-winding but beautiful drive, 21 hikers gathered at the starting point at 08:50 and then started climbing at 09:05. The vegetation had grown in the first 1km and the character of the path was very different from two months ago. The first group stopped many times to wait for the slow group but this is Sunday hiking and all the hikers must cooperate.

 

 

We took a break at the junction where the descent from the mountain begins. Almost all the hikers were hungry even though it was only 10:30. Unluckily, Monjiro was stung by wasps but it got better quickly after applying P’s medicine. Thanks P.

 

 

We restarted the hike at 10:55 after taking a fairly long break. 10 minutes later, intense rain began but diminished greatly after about 10 minutes. The rain started again an hour later, but it was not so such a downpour this time.

 

 

The first group got to the goal point at 12:50, and all the hikers had finished the hike by 13:05. We went to a nearby restaurant to have refreshments. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

 

Hike leadership by Arnie the Viking and Monjiro the Samurai
Report by Monjiro, edited by Michael Bigboots
Photos by Andr…, J… and Monjiro.

 

17/05/07_Trip report_Upnodown hike

Only nine hikers appeared at the meeting point, though four more joined us at the trailhead, where one leader found that he had left his rucksack, water, map, lunch and brain at home. Luckily the water was quickly replaced by a kind fellow hiker and a local farmer donated some lunchtime cucumbers. Nothing could be done about the missing brain.

Despite the best efforts of the main leading group, they could not shake off the smaller group who had claimed they wanted to go more slowly, so the 8.3 kms were completed as one group in 4 hrs 36 mins including lunch break.  Up 808m, down about 287m. A few hikers then did some extra downhill instead of sitting waiting for their drivers.

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No rain, lots of shade and cloud, and some cooling breezes. Quite good views from the higher ridges, despite the haze. Interesting to see mulberries being cultivated and a baby buffalo.

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17/04/30_Trip report_Doi Suthep and Bhuping Palace circular hike

Group photo at the ancient ruined temple of San Ku

Gathering at the Arboretum, 18 hikers enjoyed a blessedly clear view of the mountain, rainstorms in the previous two days having greatly cleared the air. After driving to the Wat Doi Suthep carpark we began hiking at about 8am. The forest air was clean, the temperature moderate, and the ground pleasantly moist after the rain.

 

Corner of palace compound. Photo by Chan

After reaching the Bhuping Palace compound, and completing the stiff climb to the top corner, we made a small diversion in order to enjoy our packed snacks at the ancient ruined temple of San Ku. We then descended to the public viewpoint near the shops outside the palace gates. The view was worthwhile though still fairly hazy.

At the viewpoint. Photo by Chan

The easy return to the Wat Doi Suthep shops area was done largely along a trailbike route and via a campsite (neither of which seemed to have been maintained in the last year or two), and then past the St Louis Catholic mountain retreat centre. Most of the hikers lingered at our usual restaurant afterwards for further refreshments.

Apres-hike. Photo by Chan

Hiking time was about 4 hours and 45 minutes, covering 11km. Martha took some great nature photos during the hike (see some of them below). Many thanks to Chan for his leadership.

Photo by Martha

Photo by Martha

Photo by Martha

Photo by Martha