It’s two years since we hiked this, under the name of Cow Pat Ridge hike. On that occasion, no cows or cow pats were found, although khao pat was among the refreshments in the local restaurant afterwards.
Up one shady ridge, along a second and down a third. Nothing too steep or strenuous and most regular hikers should have little difficulty, though the first 3.5 kms is all uphill and will probably take us about 90 minutes. A few narrow sections above steep drops, and some spiky undergrowth, tripable roots, slippery leaf fall and dried cow pats. Cows and nasty biting black flies may be encountered. There may be some burning up there at this time of year, as everywhere.
Up, along and down again.
A high level ‘escape the heat, smoke and dust’ (we hope) hike, starting at just under 1100m and climbing up to 1649m, on the east side of the Chiangmai valley. Great ridge top views, pine smells, and relatively cool breezes (probably about 10 degrees cooler than in town). 9-10 kms, up (and later down) almost 700m. Around 4-5 hours hiking, including lunch on the rocks.
Hike leader: Anders
Meeting time: 07:30 for 07:40 convoy departure
Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N 99°01’52.92″ E>
The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Suzuki showroom. From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.
Fuel, toilets and convenience store available. If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front. Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.
If you’re thinking of joining…
Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.
• at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch.
• sun protection, strong footwear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites and thorns.
• plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
• 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger. Change of clothes recommended too.
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