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2019/09/15_Trip Report_Huai Hoi Waterfall Long Loop

13 humans and 3 K9’s were up with the lark to enjoy this beautiful sunny morning. Most of the “up” is right at the beginning and a steep-up trial for sore limbs it certainly is, but the effort is made worthwhile by the expansive views just before entering the forest canopy.

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A beautiful sight for sore legs

From there we followed a forest trail up hill and down dale until reaching a large Karren village well-endowed with small pigs and chickens.

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Not all roses – a little bamboo bushwhacking

Initially we followed dirt roads leading down from the village, but soon turned off on to a trail that closely follows the course of a small river. This river was carrying plenty of water to enhance the rapids and small waterfalls and to provide a steady murmured accompaniment to our descent.

We stopped at the much-visited Huai Hoi waterfall for lunch and a splash for some. Most unusually we had the place entirely to ourselves, the hordes of high-season trekkers having not yet arrived.

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Disporting at a deserted Huai Hoi waterfall

Back at the vehicles after the advertised 17 km and 950m total “up” in the expected time of 6 1/2 hours. En route we came across a number of animals – great, small and aquatic – and found time for some good citizenship tidying up.

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The Great

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The (not so) Small

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The Aquatic

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The Good Citizen

A satisfying hike being capped by a convivial late lunch in a riverside restaurant.

Thanks to Tom for the photos.

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2019/09/08_Trip Report_Huay Tung Tao to Ban Khun Chang Khian Loop

Yet another gorgeous clear wet-season day, perfect for hiking.

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Our group of 11 souls made good progress up the hill, taking time out for the odd break and to admire the views.

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Progress was so good, indeed, that we arrived earlier than expected at 11.15. At this stage the schedule went out of the window as much to our surprise our intended lunch stop was packed full with lycra-clad lithe and energetic young trail runners. Even the clever wheeze of ordering mass pad grabao’s  by Line messaging couldn’t save us from waiting our turn. The coffee shop is a pleasant place to while away some time and anaesthetic was available to thirsty souls, so we settled in comfortably for the wait. While we were waiting our erstwhile friends from the shorter hike turned up, but after a short chat they decamped for a less busy establishment nearby.

Eventually the youngsters sped off, vacating the back balcony and providing the opportunity for our main course to be delivered. Many thanks to Khun Bussakorn for liaising with the harassed, but always friendly and efficient, owner-staff to ensure impeccable service.

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Spot the fragrant non-hiker

Well-sated we trundled out of the village at 12.45 and rolled down the steep slopes back to our starting point. Our velocity was such that we picked up time and arrived back bang on the predicted time of 3pm. Distance 17km thanks to a strategic short-cut.

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Obligatory photo op at (on) the Gorilla’s paw

Thanks to Tom for photos and ordering the lunch and to Khun Bussakorn for supervising its delivery.

 

 

2019/09/08_BKCK NNW loop


Four veteran Chiang Mai hikers chose this moderate alternative to the big hike.

Fitting comfortably into a single car we began by driving up to Ban Khun Chang Khian (BKCK). The new road surface makes the journey easier than in the past, up to the National Park campsite. The improvement still has not extended all the way to BKCK. We paused at the coffee shop of CMU’s agricultural research garden, but it seemed not to be in operation today.

Parking in the village, we took the northerly foot/motorcycle path down through a mixture of cultivated land and woodland.

Morning mist in a high valley near BKCK

Reaching the T-junction, we decided not to over-extend ourself by turning right for the NE loop, which would have involved losing even more altitude. Instead we started the uphill phase on a vehicle track. (See headline picture.) We reached BKCK after three hours hiking, in time for the planned rendez-vous with the main group. (See separate post for their report.)

Since the restaurant chosen by the main group was quite full, the four of us repaired to the rooster restaurant instead, for a tasty lunch before driving back down the mountain.

Hike initiation, reporting and photos by Michael

 

 

2019/09/01_Report_Doi Lanka Noi circular hike

 

Some ten people (including hike leader) turned up for this hike. The skies were somewhat overcast but thankfully it did not rain. True to form, the hike leader took a wrong turn early in the hike but twenty minutes bushwhacking got us back one the right track. Just before the final assault on the summit one newcomer, who had perhaps overestimated his fitness level, decided to turn back. The summit was cloaked in mist but occasionally would part to allow some nice views.

On the descent the overnight rain make the going slightly heavy and the path slippy in parts and slowed our progress, while the water level in the river was higher than last time, necessitating wading through rather than stepping from rock to rock. But everyone made it down and back safely with the hiker who had turned back waiting for us at the wat.

Given the heavy underfoot conditions and the hike leader induced diversion the 11.2km hike took  slightly longer than last time at five hours forty minutes. Afterwards we abandoned our normal restaurant in favour of the “White Cat” for beer and refreshments.

Leadership and reporting by SRR. Photos by Richard and Bussakorn

2019/08/25_Report_CMU++ loop


Despite thick cloud, eleven people turned up for this suburban hike. Setting out from the Arboretum carpark, we started by visiting the Huay Kaew waterfall, in which our newest hiker showed us the right way to the bridge over the stream.

Crossing over the main road up to Doi Suthep, we took the lane in to Wat Moo Boon. In fact we first went right through Wat Moo Boon and out the other side into open fields. This had not been the plan, as we wanted to follow the perimeter of the former fortified settlement of Wiang Ched Lai. But walking back through the Wat, we spotted the small path which was the crucial link.

Aerial photo from about 50 years ago, clearly showing the perimeter of Wiang Ched Lin. Source: Source: Sarasavadi Ongsakul. Old Community in the Chiang Mai Lamphun basin. (Bangkok: Amarin Printing and Publishing, 2543), p.130. Via http://www.sri.cmu.ac.th/~elanna/elanna_eng/public_html/history/history6.html

Returning to Huay Kaew Road, we entered the north gate of Chiang Mai University (CMU), and passed successively the Sala Dham, the Geology Department dinosaurs, the Palm Park and the Fine Arts mural.

Exiting by the north gate, we visited the many statues of Ban Ling Ha en route to Wat Umong, our most southerly point. Returning via Wat Pa Daeng, we were disconcerted to find the gate locked into the grounds of the Royal Project Foundation, so we had to take a more easterly route. We sat down for a breather in a quiet coffee shop before returning to our starting point via the pleasant lakeside walks of the CMU campus.

The hike was longer than previously estimated: 15-16km, which we completed in five hours including coffee-break.

Hike initiation and reporting by Michael.

(The big altitude spike is a technical malfunction.)

2019/08/18_Trip Report_Ban Nam Sum Loop

A new sign has been erected forbidding access to Takatan Cave during the rainy season (July to October).

13 humans and one K9 assembled at the starting point. Early in the hike we attracted two other charming K9’s who together made up a harmonious and well-behaved doggy pack (that is apart from one of the hangers-on eying up a family of chickens for his lunch).

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Why is he playing with that mutt? It’s not fair

The trail up to and along the ridge involved some modest bushwhacking, but was accomplished without undue difficulty. From the high point to the end of the hike the trail winds down through crops (mainly cabbages and chilies) with spectacular views over Doi Pui and more distant peaks and valleys.

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Striding purposefully into the unknown

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Why are we doing this stupid bushwhacking?

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He told me the trail was around here somewhere

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I guess it was all worthwhile in the end

Conditions could not have been more perfect even if we had been able to paint the sky ourselves. High-level cloud to block out the sun, small clumps of low-level cloud to provide atmospheric effects around the higher peaks and patches of blue sky to balance the palette. Added to that a light breeze to keep us cool.

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Heading for home

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The mighty peak of Doi Pui obscured by cloud

Time taken a fraction over 5 hours, pretty much in line with expectations.

After the hike we descended on an old favourite location for vittals and refreshments that we have not visited for several years. The Bamboo House Resort did not disappoint and is highly recommended as a future venue.

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The chicken cashew nut was particularly tasty!

 

2019/08/18_One Cave Hike, Takatan Cave Revisited

Distance 14km, vertical elevation gain 850m, expected time 5 hours+. Mostly on dirt roads but includes a steep off-trail climb up to the ridge.

In the event of heavy rain the hike may be cancelled. Please check the website Sunday morning before leaving home.

Sadly the old 2-Caves hike is no longer safe for groups. Sunday’s hike will start and end on the same trails, but follows a new route that avoids the steep scramble with loose rocks that has caused problems in the past. This means no bat cave. Instead there is a steep but stable off-trail climb up to the ridge and a forested ridge walk to the highest point of the hike, where the agricultural area begins.

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The off-trail climb – not too difficult really

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Possible snack break along the ridge line

From the high point we descend on dirt roads through an endless sea of cabbages, with the mountain peaks and valleys etched against the skyline and receding into the distance. The Doi Suthep- Doi Pui massif is in our face for the remainder of the hike. On the way down we will make a diversion to visit the Takatan ex-show cave.

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An endless sea of cabbages, but spectacular views

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Our touristy objective – just one way of spelling it

The final 3km of the hike is on a quiet paved road leading down to Highway 1269 and our parked vehicles.

We will stop at strategic spots en-route for short snack breaks. Timing is difficult to estimate as it depends on how long the group wishes to spend exploring Takatan Cave (don’t forget to bring a torch), but should be between 5 and 6 hours.

On the way home the Organisers intend to stop at Bamboo House Resort for refreshments and late lunch.

Organisers:

Tom and Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will leave the meeting place at 07.30 sharp.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge).

We will drive in convoy south along Canal Road to the Samoeng Road intersection and turn right along Highway 1269 towards Samoeng. Seats in vehicles are usually available, but can not be guaranteed. Our starting point will be the car park of a large resort on the left hand side of the highway, about 15 minutes drive from the junction.

For hikers from Hang Dong or points south, there is an option to wait at the fire station opposite Malada, which we will reach at about 07.45.

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A decent torch for the cave.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • Snacks and/or a picnic brunch.
  • Appropriate footwear.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.