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19/04/14_Report_Ban Mae Sapok waterfall loop

After a pollution induced suspension of hiking activities for one month the hiking season resumed on Sunday with seven hikers (including hike leader) turning up for this Ban Mae Sapok walk. The Pm2.5 reading at the start of the hike was a high 145 so it was face masks for everyone. After a short Juvenile elephant feeding session at the elephant camp…

…we moved on to the river in which, given the dry conditions, the water level had dropped a couple of feet from our last visit. One hiker struggled slightly on the steepest part of the ridge but soldiered on and we made it to the highest point on the hike in about one hour and thirty minutes. The Pm2.5 level had stayed depressingly high all the way up the ridge but declined rapidly to about 65 as we descended back to the river, allowing the removal of masks.

At the waterfall one hiker decided to go in for a swim so we had our snack/lunch break there instead of the designated “beach” area (with the latter occupied by a small tour group). On the back part of the loop there was some depressing evidence of burning but, interestingly, for most of the rest of the hike the Pm2.5 level did not rise about 85. There were no elephants at the camp when we returned so we continued on with a small group of hikers, with the cars in sight, managing to take a convoluted route back to the end of the hike.

The hike was just under 10 kms and, at a leisurely pace, took four hours and twenty minutes. Afterwards we stopped at the “Tower”restaurant, which during the week the owner had assured me would be open so was naturally closed, and had some refreshments and admired the view.

The road back through Mae Wang was enlivened by Songkran revels

Hike leadership and reporting by SRR. Photos by Michael M.

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2019/03/10_Report_Mae Sa Waterfall Plus

For today’s hike we had a new meeting point on Canal Rd. which worked very well with a large parking lot located behind the petrol station where we could leave some of the cars. Nine hikers showed up and after the usual chatting we  drove to Between Cafe where we found 2 more hikers waiting. It was only a short walk into the park office of Mae Sa Waterfall, and all but one hiker, who was Thai, needed to pay the fee for foreigners of 100 baht.


Our leader led us off at a brisk pace and as we clattered up the steps after her we were soon crossing bridges, passing quiet streams, and waterfalls with wide ponds or rushing streams below them. All were tempting stopping places…but we carried on upward until we reached the 10th and last level, where we rested, snacked, and lost track of time. One hiker explored an area on the other side of the water and up beyond our stopping point while we kept a close eye on his safety. Only one hiker took advantage of the shallow water to wade.


According to the plan, after descending the steps, we followed a different exit which was not as simple as expected, but after a few false starts we found the right way and returned to Between Cafe right at lunch time for refreshment and rest on soft couches. this was a pleasant hike worth repeating once in a while, and a very agreeable group of hikers!

2019/03/03_Report_Hike to Wat Doi Kham

Our hiking group this week comprised five recent regulars, three new faces, and two long-lost alumni. As usual, the shared hike helped us bond into a happy team. Highlights of our shared experience included:

  • the old boat at Wat Pong Noi
  • the gac fruit hanging from power lines
  • the futuristic science park
  • the tortoise by the lake
  • the purple hedge
  • and of course the wonderland summit of Wat Doi Kham itself (although only eight of us made it up all 488 steps).


The walk to the foot of the steps lasted about 100 minutes. Participants then took another 100 minutes climbing up and visiting the temple, and descending and enjoying refreshments in a nice cafe at the base of the hill. Finally most of us commissioned a songthaew to return us to the starting point, but three unsatiated hikers retraced the way on foot.

Hike leadership and reporting by Michael M. Photos by MM and Ging.

 

 

 

2019/02/24_Report_Around QSBG

It was quite an old friends’ group: all 11 of us have been Sunday CM hiking for more than a year, and most of were doing this five years ago. Shockingly, eight out of 11 qualified for the over-60s free entry ticket. The gentle hike lasted four hours (for about 8 or 9km) rather than three, due to some navigational errors by the leader in the early stages. But all was forgiven and a good time was had along the delightful paths and in an almost equally delightful cafe afterwards. Thanks for everyone’s patience and good company!

 

Hike leadership and reporting by Michael M

19/02/03_Report_Around Wieng Kum Kam

Wat Chedi Liem viewed from the barrage down-river

Nine of us enjoyed this morning ramble. It first took us across the Ping river at the barrage, through a horse pasture and along a riverside walkway toward the stupa spire of Wat Chedi Liem.

We then bore eastward, past the beautiful Wat Boonruang to the ruins of Wat Huanong, before looping back, past a variety of scenic places, to the old visitor centre and the more famous ruins of Wat E-Kang and Wat That Kaow. Then we avoided getting lost in a muddy wood, as was the case when we last hiked here. Instead we returned safely through the horse pasture and over the barrage.

Most of the ruins apparently dated from the 13th to 16th centuries

 

Amazing tree in the horse pasture

Last-minute drama was afforded when we found a gate locked against us and a formidable boundary fence. Our escape required suppleness, athleticism and ingenuity. All of us repaired to a riverside restaurant before going home. The walking time was about two and a half hours, including periods of looking around some of the interesting sites en route.

Hike leadership and reporting by Michael M. Additional photos from Christine.

 

19/01/27_Report_Sakura special

 

21 sakura-seeking hikers assembled at the Arboretum early Sunday morning on what promised to be a fine, sunny day. The party were asked to select one of three options to enable coordination of transport during the day, not least arranging song thaew pick-up from Ban Khun Chiang Kian village. The three options were: walking one way to the village from Wat Suthep, walking to the village and returning to Wat Suthep, walking to the village and then returning to the arboretum on foot. Having arrived via assorted forms of transport from the city, the party coalesced once more, this time on the steps of a very busy Wat Suthep. We set off on a trail that took us first through the Forestry houses overlooking the temple, before swinging north into and through shady forest. The group stopped for a snack break after about 8km at five-way junction amidst conifer trees. A further two kilometers on we reached the village and saw the first sign of cherry trees coming into bloom. Arriving at about 11.30am, the group was briefed on when and where to re-convene, and were then free to blend in with the many sightseers that were also there. Most hikers chose to head for the Agricultural station where the best views of the Sakura were to be had. The blossom this year appeared to be more profuse than previously albeit not fully out. A very pleasing sight at any rate.

 

At the garden coffee shop


Option 1 Group (11 people): The songthaew picked us up at 12:30: a little earlier than in previous years; our visit felt a little bit rushed, but maybe all the sweeter for being too short. There was less road traffic than for our pilgrimages in recent years (when the sakura bloomed earlier in the month), and we reached the Arboretum again soon after 1.30pm.

Option 2 Group (8 people if we count a maverick): Total distance 21.3kms, hike time 6 hours and 15 minutes, end time 2.42PM.

Option 3 Group (2 people): Two hikers chose to return directly from the village down to the Arboretum. The emphasis was definitely on the word ‘down’, relentlessly so for the seven kilometer distance. Much of the trail passed through woodland until eventually emerging into the sunshine and out on to the main road by the Huay Kaew waterfall with its fine views overlooking Chiang Mai.

 

Hike leadership and reporting by Pachyderm, SRR and Michael. Photos mainly by visiting hiker, PC.

2019/01/20_Trip Report_Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Long Loop

13 hikers enjoyed a lovely day out on this beautiful hike. The sun was shining, the temperature perfect, the air clear and the trail-finding (almost) exemplary. We made good time without pushing hard and even with plentiful breaks managed to complete in a faster than anticipated 6 hours 15 minutes.

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Group photo above canyon

Distance and total “up” 17km and 950m as advertised. Story in pictures (more or less) in sequence.

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Thanks to Tom and Andrew for the photographs.