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18/02/18_Trip Report_Two Waterfalls Loop

The morning was cool and hazy when 30 hikers, including a few new faces, met at the Arboretum. After the “pep talk” we set out up the road, taking the trail off on the left, stopping when we reached Huay Kaew waterfall for a group photo. (This was a wonderful group of hikers who managed to stay together throughout the hike!) When we arrived at Wang Bua Baan  2 of the more hearty hikers announced they were splitting off to do a much longer hike, so we wished them well and hope we will hear from them again!

After crossing the road we continued up the rather steep path, and about an hour after starting out we found the narrow and overgrown short cut across to the main trail to Chang Khian waterfall. Here the trail becomes quite rocky and has a few steep downhill sections which all managed to navigate without incident. As far as I know there were no falls during the hike in spite of some tricky spots.

We found the waterfall full enough to be beautiful and refreshingly cold, so only a few waded in. This became a very social event with hikers standing or sitting in groups talking and talking! We spent something close to an hour enjoying this lovely spot and each other, before continuing on the loop and coming down to the road near the Boy Scout Camp. At that point it was almost noon, so we headed for Neo Cafe, refreshments and more socializing.

Leadership and report by Janet. Photos by Janet and Michael

 

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18/02/11_Phu Talay Mork (or to the cognoscenti Foggy Sea View)

Please read the information in this posting and more generally on the site and make sure you are adequately prepared. Specifically on this hike you should be aware of the following: at one point we need to bushwhack down a steep slope (balance), in more open areas the trail will sometimes pass through head-high grass with occasional thorns (long pants recommended) and some sections of the road are open and exposed to the sun (sun block and hat).

This hike is themed around a well-known local viewpoint which is famous during the cool season for the sight of clouds filling the valley floors between ranges of hills stretching westwards into the blue distance (the eponymous sea of fog). The clouds were in evidence during last week’s recce, but partially obscured by the dry season pollution haze that has started to infiltrate into the valleys. The pine-clad crest of the high ridge we will be hiking on, however, stands blissfully above the grime below.

lord-of-all-he-surveys

We have hiked this area just once before, four years ago (Sunday hikes that is, there have been multiple exploratory attempts). For those with long memories the route will be much the same, but with some nice bits added and the most strenuous part removed. What remains is a modest 10km long with an elevation gain of about 500 meters and should be completed in 4 hours including snack break.

We will start in the village of  Ban Buak Toei and follow a wide forest trail up on to the ridge line and viewpoint, where we will pause to admire the view to the west. The lovely wide trail along the ridgeline quickly deteriorates into a faint forest trail that is difficult to follow in places. General direction clear, but don’t blame the Organiser for some minor excursions into the undergrowth. This section of the hike comes to an end with an unavoidable steep off-trail vegetated slope that links with a separate trail below. There are plenty of handholds but beware, some of them bear sharp thorns.

From this point the route is more open, passing along clear trails to an abandoned resort, where we will stop for a snack. Some more open trail follows until we reach a quiet road that contours along the eastern side of the ridge and gives magnificent views over Mon Chaem and the southern side of the Mae Sa Valley. Initially the road is paved, but we soon turn right onto a dirt road that leads back to the cars. Just before the end we will turn right off the road towards the viewpoint and thence down the initial section of our out-trail in order to avoid a busy village road.

We will make a point of staying together on this hike. There are several roads and small trails leading off and, strangely for such a benign-looking area, these are usually bad news.

We should finish this hike at lunchtime. Hikers can either go home early or stop for lunch on the way back. The scenic Thermadoi Restaurant is only a few kilometers off our route back to town and is the Organiser’s favoured option.

Meeting Point and Directions:

We will meet at 07.30 at the Esso gas station on the west side of the Chiang Mai to Mae Rim road (Highway 107), just south of the City Hall intersection. For those coming from town, the Esso is to be found shortly after passing the Lanna Golf Club and is clearly signposted (there is also an Esso more or less opposite on the east side of the road). This new meeting place has been necessitated by a large event in the Canal Road area that renders our normal meeting place at 700P untenable.

As usual we will carpool and travel in convoy to the hike starting point. The route will take us north up Highway 107 and via the shortcut that by-passes Mae Rim onto Highway 1096 to Samoeng. The turn-off for the hike is on the right about 10 kilometers after passing through Pong Yaeng Village and is onto a narrow hard-topped road at the top of a steep hill. There is a sign for Phu Mork Dao Resort, but this junction is easily missed and care is required.

Note: this time we will park down in the village and not at the top of the hill as last time.

Hike Organiser: Richard

Please read the general information on this site as well as this particular post. If you still feel this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting point on the day and time. No need to let us know you are coming. Please be advised that we cannot accommodate groups.

Seats in cars are generally available, but cannot be guaranteed.

Advice:

Please bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink
  • A snack
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear
  • Hat and sun block
  • Long pants recommended
  • Energy, enthusiasm and good humour

 

 

 

 

18/02/04_Report_Doi Pui Summit Loop

A group 25 hikers turned up for this trek on a cool and overcast morning.  After meeting at the Arboretum to arrange transportation, we car pooled to Ban Hmong Doi Pui, already crowded with tourist-filled songthaews by the time we arrived.  After the customary group photo [PHOTO] in the parking area, we proceeded up through the village and onto a gradually rising trail through a lush highland forest.

After an easy two kilometer hike, the trail became more challenging, rising more than 300 meters up a forested ridge while offering glimpses of the misty valley below.  After spreading out a bit to accommodate different climbing paces, we successfully reassembled on the paved summit road at the top of the ridge.  It was then but a short hike down to the viewpoint below the summit where we took an early lunch break and enjoyed the views now opening up under mixed sunshine and clouds.

At this juncture, one of our party elected to descend on a more strenuous route which no doubt delivered him to the bottom of the mountain before we returned.  The remaining group of 24 then backtracked to scale the summit of Doi Pui for photos before descending the nature trail toward the campground. Small puddles of water on the trail and moisture on the vegetation suggested it had recently rained.

At the summit

Reaching a dirt road, we left the trail and quickly rejoined the paved summit road leading back down the mountain.  After a short time we turned right down another trail and completed the loop by descending steeply though a forest, then temple grounds, and finally down a steep set of steps back into the village.  There we all enjoyed a lunch and liquid refreshments at two small restaurants before driving back to starting point at the Arboretum.

The youth team (minus Keir)

Total distance covered: 9.8 km., elevation gain: 628 meters, time elapsed, including breaks and lunch: 4 1/2 hours.

Hike initiation and report by Michael G. Photos by Michael M and Andrew.

 

18/01/28_Report_Ob Khan loop

Sunday turned out to be a perfect Northern Thailand sunny ‘winter’s day’. A total of 25 hikers turned up for the hike lured possibly by the promise of a stunning river walk. The convoy of vehicles then made its way to Ob Khan National Park.As advertised, the first half of the trail at Ob Khan comprised many up and downs, some short difficult sections, some portions covered by fallen bamboo, plus little bridges that had become virtually unusable.

Three hikers turned back to the start during the first half, following the fall of one of the party. There they waited for the remainder to finish the hike. Two more hikers also fell during this period, but fortunately no-one broke any bones.

After a halt and a swim for some in the cooling steady-flow waters of the picturesque Nam Mae Khan river, the trail thereafter included rock-hopping and rock-scrambling as the group made its way down the rocky valley. In the latter stages, the valley narrowed spectacularly into a gorge, creating fine photographic opportunities.

All but two hikers headed en masse to the Phufinn Terrace restaurant to the west of the Grand Canyon water park following the hike, with its splendid views to the east across the flat-lands south of Chiang Mai. The general consensus was a great place to conclude a super hike.

Hike initiation by Peter D and Jume. Report by Peter D. Photos by Tam and Jume.

18/01/21_Report_Sakura Special

Sakura – photo by Tom

For our annual sakura pilgrimage, 26 hikers gathered at the Huay Gaew Arboretum at 07:45, and shared cars to the parking area below Wat Doi Suthep. Starting the walk from the base of the temple steps at 08:30, it took us about two hours to reach the Five-Way Junction, and a further one hour to Ban Khun Chiang Kian: very much our normal rate of progress on this route.

This year our timing was perfect, thanks to careful monitoring by Peter and Jume: we found the blossoms fully developed but not wilting. And it seemed a specially good year for them; they made a breathtaking scene in the agricultural research garden near the top of Doi Pui. The weather on the day was also perfect: sunny but fresh without being chilly. Of course, photographs can never do full justice to this kind of thing, but we are supplying a few here nonetheless.

Entrance of the agricultural research garden with many visitors on a sakura Sunday. Photo by Michael

Sakura of the agricultural research garden, Doi Pui. Photo by Tom.

As in the past few years, different variations were provided as options to hikers. 13 people initially chose Option 1 – to take a songthaew back down from the sakura area. Two more hikers decided to switch to this option, and managed to negotiate places in a songthaew hired by a different party. This left seven hikers who retraced the path to Wat Doi Suthep (seven of them along with a hike leader, and two by themselves), and four who chose the option of descending on foot all the way to the Arboretum via the Huay Kaeuw Waterfall.

The latter segment was approximately 7 kilometers, pretty much all of it downhill. The only incident was when Peter D attempted a flying lesson from a loose stone, and crash landed amongst some shrubs, and in doing so broke one of his trekking poles in half. No other damage done though. The duo reached the arboretum and there found a number of the other hikers drinking beer in one of the restaurants. Two from this group had unilaterally taken the same descent from the village down to the arboretum. Finally, Peter D then headed back up to Wat Suthep to retrieve his motorcycle, making a round trip of roughly 25 kilometers total hike for him.

Hike initiation and reporting by Peter D, Jume S and Michael M

 

18/01/14_Report_McKean Island Hike

 

Twelve people signed up for this short-but-sweet suburban hike. All of us arrived on time at 9am at the river-control station south of Mahidol Road, but the gates had not yet been unlocked so we reverted to Plan B. We drove a little south and over the colourfully-painted narrow bridge next to Wat Ko Klang, to park in an open-air market area near the Wat. Starting our walk, we were lucky enough immediately to come across the monks and other craftspeople making decorated funeral floats.

Then we walked through the fine side-gate into the wat.

From there it was a short stroll to the area of the McKean hospital, rehabilitation centre and sanctuary. We walked round it in a loop of about 3-4km, encountering many beautiful spots and interesting features.

 

We encountered two elderly residents who were happy to chat with us. One had lived there most of her life, having contracted Hansen’s Disease before the availability of the multi-drug therapy that could have prevented the severe damage to her limbs. Despite the care they receive – and the pleasant environment – they seemed to feel isolated in more ways than one, having lost much contact with their original homes and families.

Leaving the McKean area, we briefly explored a section of the riverside walkway leading north from Wat Ko Klang. Several sections of river-bank between here and the river-control station have been constructed in this way for the public to enjoy, but the potential through-route seems broken by conflicting development priorities.

Finally, most of us repaired to Ms Y’s restaurant to round off the morning with spicy salad and beer.

Hike concept and reporting by Michael M.

Photos mostly by Jume and Tam.

 

2017/12/10_Hike Report_Doi Lang Loop

Twenty two individuals, many of them newbies and two returnees, plus two dogs turned up for the hike. We reached the summit in just over two hours with the two canine hikers putting everyone to shame running up and down the trial as if it was a walk in the park (they were rewarded at the summit with half a German ham sandwich, which was quickly dispatched). With a light haze the view at the summit was good rather than spectacular but seemed to meet with everyone’s approval. On the descent, however, the loose gravel textile of some of the slopes caused a number of minor spills and slowed down progress. In addition the unseasonably hot weather resulted in one hiker displaying symptoms of heat stroke. When we reached the dirt road two hikers gallantly pressed ahead and brought back their truck to enable our strickened, but recovering, hiker to avoid having to walk the last 1.5 kilometres. At the end of the hike even the dogs were tired and most people skipped the hot springs but several stopped at a small shop/restaurant on the way back for much needed refreshments.

Report and leadership by S

Photos by Jume