Friendly warning: It was a long hike, so this is a long post.
From the MTR, we took a bus and then walked a couple of kilometers to the reservoir. Stage 9 of the Wilson Trail starts on the summit of Cloudy Hill, which the group had already done. We started where they finished, at the Hok Tau Reservoir, about 3.5 km into stage 9. After walking around the reservoir, we immediately began climbing up into the mountain range of Pat Seng Lin Country Park.
It's a good thing I ate those egg muffins I pre-made yesterday for breakfast because we had to climb and climb and climb! The rocky trail and stone steps pushed up into the low clouds that hung over the mountain range.
By the time we reached the top, we had stopped to refill water bottles, enjoyed some snacks, spotted carnivorous flowers and the clouds started clearing for us.
|I highly recommend carrying a mini water filtration system when hiking.|
|These plants eat mosquitoes - love them!|
Once on the ridge, the trek high above the tree tops began. This is where a lot of us started shedding layers. We had to follow the trail over several peaks, such as Ping Fung Shan, Lai Pek Shan, and Wong Leng, before reaching the most challenging and final part of section 9 ---> Pat Sin Leng range.
|Loving the GoPro and chest strap just wish the battery lasted longer|
|My Eddie Bauer backpack was perfect for this all day hike|
|One more peak to go!|
The start of section 10 with views over to mainland China into Shenzhen (our old expat home) was all downhill. The slow wooded descent past rock pools, streams, and abandoned villages was a welcome escape from the beating sun. At a small stream crossing we stopped for water refilling and lunch before making our way to the end of the Wilson Trail at Nam Chung Village.
|The water filtration assemble line|
|Tired and sun burned|
|We made it!|
The terrain of section 10 was rocky and sometimes slippery from the rain the day before (three of us took spills, me included), but the 6.8km went by much faster than the 7.1km of section 9. I was very relieved when we arrived at the bus stop for a ride to the MTR.
This was a looonnnng hike. Long distance, long day, long travel time. And it was totally worth it!
I am now more than halfway done with the Wilson Trail. You can read my previous posts by clicking a link below:
Hiking: Wilson Trail Stages 1 & 2Hiking: Wilson Trail Stages 3 & 4
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