One of the easiest Maokong Hiking Trail around is the Enlightenment Trail that brings you to see the mysterious rock potholes. This trail starts directly in front of the Taipei Tea Promotional Center and takes about 1 hour or so to finish. It is a relatively easy trail to go without any particular hiking gear, as the trail path is well laid out. Here’s what the trail is like.
The trail starts right in front of the Taipei Tea Promotional Center, right in front of its main sign. It starts off with a boardwalk with a series of wooden stairs leading you down the hill side. Just follow the boardwalk and take in the scenic views as well. However, beware of the giant spiders hanging around on the their giant webs, I almost ran directly into the web!
The main sign of the Taipei Tea Promotional Center.
Boardwalk taking you down the hill side.
The boardwalk goes right along a small creek.
Boardwalk continues down the hill slope.
You see the giant spider and web in this pic? (hint its in the top center)
The series of steps we came down from.
Pass by some tea plants.
Pass by a tea plantation field. Pretty cool as it seems the path lead us to the bottom of the mountain valley.
Picture of the mountain valley.
A small farm house overlooking the tea plantation.
Once we passed by the small farm house (picture above), the trail lead us through a series of more steps heading towards the rock potholes. So what exactly are these potholes? From what I learned is that these are basically intriguing rock formations where due to thousands of years of wear and tear from the river, it formed these unique holes in the rocks on the river bed. Hence the term potholes. It looked kind of interesting, and at the same time kind of creepy as some of the potholes resembled skulls.
Trail leading towards the rock potholes.
Sign indicating the direction to the potholes.
Riverbed below is where the rock potholes are located.
The rock potholes. Don’t they look like skulls?
The rock potholes run through the entire river.
Close up view.
Even closer view of the potholes.
After the potholes, the trail will loop back around to end up on the other side of the Tea Promotional Center. To know that you are on the right track, you will end up seeing a small temple along the way back to the Tea Promotional Center.
The small temple that you will pass by enroute back to the Tea Promotional Center.
The path heading back to the Tea Center from the small temple.
Finally we finished the trail and end up circling back to the other side of the Tea Promotional Center.
There you have it folks! The Enlightenment Trail, hope you enjoyed it!
So if you are in Maokong and just dropping by for a quick walk, then I highly recommend walking through the Enlightenment Trail as it is very easy to walk, and can be completed within 1 hour. Just remember this Makong hiking trail starts off directly right in front of the Taipei Tea Promotional Center!
You been to other interesting and easy hiking trails? Please share your experiences below!