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18/05/27_Hike report_Porcupine Falls Loop

 

Red line is route taken by the faster group. The slower group cut across in the middle.

A few dryer days following heavy midweek rains had allowed the Doi Suthep forest paths to become fairly firm, but the air remained humid. 18 people (and Tippy, a handsome small dog) assembled at the “Scout Camp” access point. We separated into two groups at an early stage.

The slower group (nine humans and Tippy) did 8.5km in about 3 hrs 30 mins. Emotional highlight was when Tippy excitedly started playing on the Porcupine Falls crossing, from where dogs have slidden down to difficult spots in the past. Note: the fabled Porcupine Falls were so named by MikeHike after encountering two porcupines there about ten years ago. Anyone else ever seen porcupines on the mountain?

The faster group did 11.3kms in about 4hrs 10 mins. In this group, thanks go to Mr L who bought litchees from the farmers in the high orchards and treated the group. Tasty. Kudos also to Jenny for this stunning photo, taken along the way: “iridescent, entomological ecstasy”.

 

Photo by Jenny

 

Most members of both groups enjoyed post-hike refreshments at Nong Flook 2, where the food service was amongst the quickest we have ever received, but Tippy was neither admitted nor given a convenient place to wait outside.

Hike leaders: MikeHike and PeterHike

 

 

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18/05/27 Porcupine Falls Loop

0640: the hike is ON

As the rainy season is upon us check the site on Sunday morning.  Any updates will be made before 0645  


No porcupines at the falls

This Sunday’s hike is an easy, low level, one of about 8.5km with a total ascent of about 350mtrs.  For those who want a bit more of a challenge it may be possible to split into 2 groups and do an extra 3km and 200mtrs but we can decide that on the day.

The hike starts at the Scout Camp and, generally, ascends about 150mtrs over a distance of 2.5kms on fairly open trails up to the infamous Porcupine Waterfall (not very strong at the moment).  From here its a steady climb (200mtrs in 2km) through the forest and into an agricultural area.  Next is a bit of contouring to get on to a ridge where we start the descent which is gradual at first but does become steeper, rockier and a bit more exposed.  There is also the possibility to visit another waterfall on the way down if so desired.  The final kilometer or so back to the start point is through woodland and not steep.

If you want to join

If you are sure this hike is for you, after reading our “dangers”, “what to bring” 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.
Meeting Place
We will meet at 0750 for a 0800 start where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the end of the soi. Approx <18°49’25.24″ N 98°56’55.24″ E>
Head out from the moat NW towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Rd.
Turn right onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
Take the second soi, at the next traffic lights just before the old Fine Thanks restaurant, then bear left at the Y-junction and again right at the T-junction onto Soi Chang Khian.
Continue along the main soi, bearing left at the mini roundabout, for 2kms, almost to the end of the soi. (Follow signs to Neo cafe and then continue past the cafe.)

Advice
Please bring :
at least 2 litres of water, and energy snacks
strong footwear with thick tread/good grip, hat, and sunblock
trekking pole or stick recommended for the steep descent
long sleeves/pants recommended for long grass and spiky/itchy undergrowth
plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour

 

 

18/05/20_Trip Report_Doi Inthanon Ridge

The first Fatal Flaw in our meticulous planning was to have 2 meeting points. Of course, all the car drivers went to one meeting point and all non-car drivers looking for a lift went to the other meeting point!!!

After a couple of frantic phone calls, everybody ended up at the same departure point and 8 hikers set off in two cars for the start point, arriving at the trailhead around 09:00 where another lost soul had arrived by motor bike and was waiting very patiently.

 

Everybody was fit and eager and it was great to catch up with a couple of faces from the past.

A few clouds appeared on the horizon but did not spoil the views. Also, they did keep the sun at bay which made the temperature very comfortable for walking. Look at the vista in the photo below, towards the East!

Having reached the top of the ridge and our final destination, the Stupa, the views were rather contrasting with the view to the East as above and the view to the West as below.

This is better illustrated by the photo below of one hiker having lunch, turning his back to the East and enjoying the views to the West!!!

 

One intrepid explorer returning to the fold, not content with seeing the Stupa from the top of the ridge decided that the views would be better from underneath the drop off. (That is a lot steeper than it looks in the photograph.)

The length of hike from the starting point to the ridge top was around 5.5 km and was done in 2.5 hours but then having switched off the GPS for our lunch stop, forgot to switch the unit back on, but estimate the length of the hike to be around 11 km. The starting time was just a few minutes past 09:00 and we got back to the cars at 14:00.

Well-deserved refreshments were enjoyed at the new Zip wire establishment adjacent to Wat Wimut Tikaram where there are a number of shops selling the usual refreshments, very gooood coffee and excellent ablutions facilities.

Hike initiation and reporting by J&J

 

18/05/20_Trip Report_Mae Sa Waterfall Plus

Four of us enjoyed this morning’s hike, which took place mainly in the Mae Sa Waterfall park. Arriving soon after 8am, we seemed to be the first visitors and to have the valley to ourselves throughout our progression from Level 1 to Level 10.

At Level 1

Somewhere in the middle

At Level 10

Although the water was rapid and muddy, the early sunshine made it sparkle. We dawdled more than expected. The series of falls is supposed to be 1.5km long, but we took three hours to go both ways plus a small extra loop outside the park. We might have walked 6km altogether. Anyway, it was enjoyable exercise, and rounded off very nicely at the lovely “Between” cafe.

Hike initiation, report and photos by Michael

18/05/20_Mae Sa Waterfall Plus

If you can’t spare a full day for the wonderful Doi Inthanon Stupa hike (see next post below), how about joining me for a morning hikelet around the 10-tier Mae Sa Waterfall? Unfortunately, the stream is too brisk and brown to make bathing very attractive at present, but the setting is verdant, there’s enough up-down to stretch you a little, and we will include an interesting section outside the official park. We will start and finish the walk at a delightful cafe, where light food is available as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Brisk, brown but green all aroun

Estimated timings: 30 + 30 minutes driving from starting point; 120 minutes walking (c. 5km); time at the cafe according to taste.

Hike initiator: Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.30 for a 07.40 start, carpooling from the carpark on Canal Rd, outside the 700 Year Stadium (see map below). Or soon after 8am at “Between” Cafe,  200m east of the Mae Sa Waterfall park entrance on Samoeng Road.

Advice: As per usual (see tabs at the top of this page), except:

  • Bring money for park entrance fee (THB 100 for farang, THB 20 for Thai) and refreshments (c. THB 75 for a coffee or a light food item). Please offer your driver THB 100 baht if you share their car both ways from 700 Year Stadium. Remember to check with the driver how long you and they want to linger at the cafe after the hike.

 

18/05/20_Doi Inthanon Stupa

We will climb this peak (but not see this view of it)

There is a long drive of 2hrs to reach the start point of this hike, but a wonderful ridge walk on the northern slopes of Doi Inthanon, Thailand highest mountain (2,580m), with great views.

The hike will start from near Ban Khun Wang village to Prathat Khun Wang, a stupa on a rocky out crop which is on the ridge to the peak of Doi Inthanon.

Nothing very steep but a total of around 900m of steady altitude gain from 1,550m up to 2,260 with the trek length of around 11kms total distance taking around 5 – 6hrs depending on length of stops.

At this altitude it should be a little cooler but this route has little shade so sun protection/hat is a must.

Hike leaders: J&J

Meet Point 1: We will meet at 06:45am for an 07:00 start at the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights South after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS degree co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N  98° 57.512′ E

We must leave on time and drive at a good speed for this full-day trip and there will be no stops for fuel/toilets/shopping, so please fill up/empty before 07.00.

If you want to join just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please. We cannot guarantee a seat in a car: Click on the map below to enlarge:

 

Meet Point 2 at approx. 07:15 for people living south of the town will be at at the entrance to Wat Khong Khao.

Through the traffic lights at the junction of H.121 and H.1269 where the dual carriage way turns into single carriageway.

1.1km past the lights on the left hand side is the entrance to Wat Khong Khao, plenty of parking space in front of the entrance so if required vehicles can be parked here for the day.

Dropped Pin iin Google Maps:-

near Unnamed Road, Tambon Hang Dong, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230

https://goo.gl/maps/okzMUVQzL6G2

Digital Co-ordinates

18.7090975 98.9202483

Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and a picnic lunch
  • sunhat, sunscreen, strong ankle-supporting footwear,
  • raingear (rain doesn’t seem likely, but just to be on the safe side…)
  •  long sleeves & pants recommended against sun and sharp spiky vegetation.
    plenty of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and team spirit

18/05/13_Report_Termite ridge then left

This was quite a tough workout, and only five of us showed up for it.

The overnight rain and forecast of more might have deterred some. But in the event the hike was rainless. Instead the heat drained water and energy from us over the six-and-a-half hours. But there were compensating delights.

Mushroom-hunting delight

 

The simple things are sometimes the most beautiful

 

The final stretch

Distance covered was about 15km in 6h20m, with 800m of ascent and 900m of descent.

Refreshments (oh, that first sip of icy beer!) in the restaurant with the treehouse in it, near the police checkpoint on Road 118.

Many thanks to hike researchers/leaders: MikeHike and PGB