From Urban Chaos to Mountain Top Chill
Hiking in Kennedy Town up High West, is certainly not an easy task, but it is well worth the effort. Here is a quick preview of the reward that awaits you at the top of High West!
To escape the urban jungle and enter into the literal one, all you’ll have to do is climb the ~2,100 stairs up to the top of High West. By the time you summit this spectacular peak, you’ll be high above all the urban-churn, and you’ll be enjoying spectacular 360 degree views of the city below!
Fast hikers, plan on 1.5 hours round trip. Average hikers, plan on 2.5 hours. But no matter who you are, I guarantee you’ll love the views at the top! So, get on your hiking shoes, bring a bit of water, and get hiking!
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What You’ll Need
For this hike, all really need is some water, and you’ll be good to go! I really like the Hydro Flask water bottles*, as they’re sturdy, and best of all, insulated. If it’s hot, I put some ice in the bottle, and if it’s cold I’ll fill it with warm/hot water. Either way, don’t use a plastic disposable bottle. We and Mother Earth say thank you in advance! (If you’re keen to start living a little greener, check out our Living Greener Guide to Hong Kong or even Hong Kong’s first zero waste store!)
Where to Start Hiking in Kennedy Town
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This route, round trip is ~6.2km (3.85 mi), but it’s got quite a bit of elevation gain. If you’d like to see the route on Google Maps, check it out here!
The trail starts in Kennedy Town where Sands Street turns into Rock Hill Street. The pin in the photo is linked to Google Maps here.
From that point, start heading up the large set of stairs. Don’t take the elevator, that’s cheating.
Kennedy Town to Pok Fu Lam Road (300 stairs to climb)
Thereafter, keep climbing up and to the left. In other words, head up the stairs towards that purple wall.
Eventually, you’ll get to the Lo Pan Temple. Lo Pan is the patron saint of Chinese builders and contractors, so if you’re a tradesperson, pay your respects! Once you’re done, head up the stairs that snake around the back of the temple.
And then, keep climbing until you reach Pok Fu Lam Road. At the road, turn right, and walk for a minute or so.
Make a hard right down into the subway, and cross under to the opposite side of Pok Fu Lam Road.
If you’ve crossed correctly, you’ll end up in front of a Sinopec gas station.
Sinopec to the Paved Road (638 stairs to climb)
300 down! About 1,800 more steps to go! We never said hiking in Kennedy Town up High West would be easy, but we promise you it’s massively rewarding!
Just on the left side of the gas station you’ll see yet another set of stars. And indeed, you’ll head up those too.
Once you reach the resting area with the gazebo, head up and to the right.
Once you reach this set of benches, again, head up and to the right.
Where the trail forks, head up and to the left.
Eventually, the trail turns into a paved road. If you’ve reached this point, you’re on the right track! Keep going. Soon the views of the city below are going to be AMAZING!
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Keep walking up the road. And make sure to enjoy the veritable tunnel of jungle.
When you reach this junction, take a left. In doing so, you’ll be heading towards The Peak.
Walk for about another 10 seconds and you’ll arrive here.
Turn Off From the Paved Road to the BBQ Sites (262 stairs to climb)
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… Or more practically speaking, if your legs are burning at this point, take a rest and enjoy the verdant jungle beauty!
At this point you can continue up and to the left (via. the paved path), or you can head up and to the right via. more stairs. Both the paved path and the stairs end up in the same place. On this day, we preferred the stairs. Either way, both paths offer plenty of beautiful views.
The stairs take you to the historic Pinewood Battery as well as a nice barbecue site.
Once you’re on this section of trail, you’ll immediately enter into a bamboo forest, so take some time to enjoy the gentle swishing calm of the softly rustling bamboo leaves. It’s splendidly magical!
Once you arrive at the Pinewood Battery, just head straight on through.
Eventually, you’ll reach this barbecue site. Walk straight through it, and head up the stairs towards The Peak via the Lung Fu Shan Fitness Trail.
After a bit more time, you’ll get to the end of the stairs, and you’ll meet back up with the paved path. When you reach the paved path, take a right and keep heading uphill until you reach this point. And then you guessed it, head up this small set of stairs. Hiking in Kennedy Town up High West will make you feel the burn, but don’t worry, the views at the top are WELL worth it!
Playground to the summit of High West (567 stairs to climb)
Walk straight through this little park/playground until you reach a small set of stairs going down. Then, head down those stairs, and continue to follow the path.
Walk until you reach this open area, and then head up the set of stairs near the small white sign.
Eventually…you’ll reach the top. This is where hiking in Kennedy Town up High West pays off majorly! More often than not, you’ll be rewarded with BEAUTIFUL views and a refreshingly stiff breeze! At this point, take a load off, congratulate yourself, and make sure to give your legs a rest before you head back down those 2,100 little buggers!
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So there ya have it! Hiking in Kennedy up High West is a great way to escape the city and get back into nature. If you’re looking for another Hong Kong based adventure, check out our piece on the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls up in the New Territories or for a really far out adventure, check out trail guide on how to hike The Via Dinarica Trail in Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro!
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