Along the Grand Taipei Trail past mount Nangang there is a trail that extends past Thumb Mountain to Miaogao Peak, which overlooks the Xinyi Expressway, Elephant Mountain, and Xinyi District of Taipei. It does not loop with the Four Beasts Trail, so we have made a separate blog for it.
About 150 meters
One hour round trip
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From Xinyi Road, turn south on Songren Road, the turn on to Songren Road Alley 281 until it goes up the mountain. The trailhead is near a dead end.
By bus: From Taipei City Hall MRT Station, take community bus BL5 20 minutes, to within 2 minutes walking distance of the trailhead at Ruiyun St. Intersection stop.
Please see below:Ruiyun St. Intersection
I have been hiking to the Miaogao Peak trail once. It is a nice section of the grand Taipei Trail that usually does not have many people.
Map of the South section of the Grand Taipei Trail which goes from Nangang to Muzha.
About 30 minutes to Miaogao Peak.
On the first part of the trail, there are metal railings. The first part of the trail is pretty steep.
There are also some paved flatter parts on top of the ridge line.
First view from between he brush, someone is growing bananas up here.
First view of the 101 through the trees.
Paved steps along the trail.
Christian grave along the trail?
Another view of xinyi from the trail.
Finally we arrive at Miaogao Peak.
Nice view of Xinyi District from the peak.
view with Elephant Mountain and the Xinyi Expressway.
Closeup of the Xinyi Expressway connecting Shenkeng with Xinyi District.
About another hour to hike to 95 peak.
View of the very top of Miaogao Peak.
An old plaque at the top of the mountain.
Some seating at the top in the shade.
More photos from the top in the gallery above.
Further down the trail toward thumb mountain are some other nice views from the trail.
The trail is pretty much flat toward thumb mountain.
Some ropes along the trail.
Closeup view of Xinyi.
Last view as the trail connects up with the four beasts trail up the Thumb Mountain.
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