By Chloe Johnson www.hikersandhounds.com
With hiking season just around the corner, we can’t wait to get back out and enjoy the stunning Hong Kong trails in the cooler, more fur-kid friendly temperatures.
For us, there's nothing better than breathing in a lung full of fresh air, immersed in the great outdoors with our canine companions by our side. We’ve put together some of our favourite doggie hiking spots to bring you outdoor adventures that you won’t forget.
Pineapple Dam Nature Trail- New Territories
Bond with your dog whilst exploring the scenic paths around Shing Mun Reservoir. This hike is short and sweet with plenty of shaded areas to keep you and your pooch cool on sunny days. Pineapple Dam Nature trail is perfect for beginner doggy hikers or slower paws who require easier hiking conditions. For a longer stroll in the scenic outdoors, continue on the trail and complete the loop around Shing Mun Reservoir.
Distance: 1 Kilometre +
Time: 1 Hour +
Starting Point: Shing Mun Country Park entrance
Jardines Lookout- Hong Kong Island
Hike up Jardines lookout and admire the urban jungle from a distance whilst immersed in nature. A relatively easy hike for a quick city escape. Jardines lookout is accessible along Wilson Trail Section 2, if you want to step it up continue the hike along Wilson Trail 5 and onto Mount Butler.
Distance: 4 Kilometres
Time: 1.5hrs +
Starting Point: Wilson Trail Section 2 entrance on Tai Tam Reservoir Road
Thousand Islands Lake- New Territories
Hike up the viewpoint and gaze into the stunning natural formations named the Thousand Islands. Located in Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, Teun Mun the trail is well paved with easy bushwalking and some shade. A very popular spot for beginner hikers and families with four-legged friends.
Distance: 3.9 Kilometres
Starting Point: So Kwun Wat Tsuen Road, next to Tin Hau Temple. Section 10 MacLehose Trail
Violet Hill and Twin Peaks- Hong Kong Island
A strenuous hike to say the least, paired with rewarding views around the south coast of Hong Kong island. Pass by Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay and end the hike on a downward journey towards Stanley. The trail has lots of steps and steep inclines, great for doggies and their humans who can manage intermediate level hikes.
Distance: 5 Kilometres
Starting Point: Wilson Trail 1 next to Parkview
West Buffalo Hill- New Territories
If bonding time with your dog out on the rolling hills is your idea of a perfect weekend then West Buffalo Hill is one you cannot miss. This trail has giant boulders along the way and seasonal silver grass making it a true insta-worthy hike.
Some sections of the hike are challenging with an intermediate level, West Buffalo Hill is great for those well hiked doggies confident on trails with uneven terrain.
Distance: 3.9 Kilometres
Starting Point: At Wong Nai Tau Bus Terminal head up the steps and follow the signposts for West Buffalo Hill.
Needle Hill- New Territories
A challenging intermediate to advanced level hike, Needle Hill is located between Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin. Hike along with Shing Mun Reservoir in sight and trek towards the stunning views of Needle Peak. This hike is sure to be a memorable outdoor adventure for you and your furry pal.
Time: 4 hours
Starting Point: MacLehose Trail Section 7
Lung Ha Wan Trail- New Territories
Lung Ha Wan Country Trail towards Tai Leng Tung Peak has incredible views over Clearwater Bay, the golf course and Po Toi O. A great option if you don’t fancy the difficult Junk peak hike close by. Admire the turquoise water and surrounding islands whilst wading through the bushes with your pup.
Distance: 2.3 kilometres
Time: 1.5hrs (from country trail entrance)
Starting Point: Lung Ha Wan Country Trail entrance
Plover Cove Country Park - New Territories
Wu Kau Tang Trail is one of many in Plover Cove Country Park. Relax and unwind in the great outdoors on this gentle hike. Hikers with dogs are drawn to this path for the peaceful woodland trail, bamboo lined paths and Bride's Pool Waterfall at the finishing point.
Distance: 3 Kilometres
Start point: Wu Kau Tang Country Trail Entrance
Remember to choose hikes that are appropriate to yours and your doggies fitness level and hiking ability. Bring suitable gear and always carry plenty of water.
Chloe, Robbie and their two dogs are the faces behind Hikers and Hounds. A new vibrant dog accessories brand specialising in patterned dog harnesses. Their brand is built on outdoor adventures, Hong Kong life and human-canine companionship.