At 11-kilometres along good paths for most of the way, this hike is within reach for all levels of hikers though expect a fair bit of climbing to reach Lion Rock and Kowloon Peak. For those more adventurous hikers it can be done at night for incredible city views over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island that follow you almost all of the way.
At over 600 meters Kowloon Peak marks the highest point of the trail and once again magnificent views over the city.
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- Start at Lok Fu MTR station and take a taxi up to Phoenix House on Lung Yan Road. From there take a steep small path up until you meet a good path where you turn right onto a trail that parallels the MacLehose Trail Section 5. This we believe is the easiest route up to Lion Rock.
- The flat path winds its way through the forest for about 2 -kilometres occasionally opening up for views across the city. Turn right onto the MacLehose Section 5 path when you cross it and start the climb. Look out for the sign right, up to Lion Rock Head, which you follow to the top, then follow the ridge along to Lion Rock Peak when you turn left on a path that re-joins the MacLehose Trail and takes you down to Lion’s Pavilion.
- Join the Sha Tin Pass road and continue slowly uphill for two-kiometres to the Kowloon Peak Viewing Point. Here you leave the road and make your way up the small path to Tung Shan. From here head south along the ridge, over Middle Hill and along to Kowloon Peak.
- From Kowloon Peak there are two ways to get off the mountain. The quickest and safest descent is follow the steps down to Fei Ngo Shan Road, which we would recommend. The other route is to follow the path down the other side of the peak past suicide cliff down to Clearwater Bay road. This, as the name suggests, can be dangerous and should only be done with an experienced guide.