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Maclehose Trail Stage 8 麥理浩徑第八段-鉛礦坳上
Hong Kong

Highlights of this trail are the views from Tai Mo Shan (957m), Hong Kong's highest mountain, to Tai Po, Plover Cove Reservoir and Tolo Harbour towards Lantau and Tsing Yi Island. The summit of Tai Mo Shan itself is closed, but nearby are enough lookout points.It is recommend to start at Shing Mun Reservoir. Walk along the west bank of the reservoir for one hour and you will reach Lead Mine Pass. It is a well-invested trail apart from some steps which you can avoid if you use the upper road, which is even suitable for a buggy.MacLehose Trail Stage 8 starts with an ascent of 30 minutes mostly on steps, followed by a natural footpath. As there are many small pieces of rocks and stones on the trail you have to walk very concentratedly. Therefore you do not really notice the ascents.An excellent trail through a beautiful tropic landscape until you reach the first information board. From there Tai Mo Shan Road leads uphill and then downhill to Route Twisk. You need additional 1½ hours, which cannot be recommended. The HK government diverted this route to a new forest track, but nevertheless here are two alternatives:At the information board turn right and walk downhill to Ng Tung Chai Waterfall and follow the sign to Lam Kam Road.Having climbed the first 30 minutes of stage 8 you come to a junction. Do not turn right to continue the trail, walk straight ahead and join the trail that leads to Cheun Lung. Maclehose Trail Stage 8 麥理浩徑第八段-鉛礦坳上-由於鉛礦坳沒有對外交通,所以行山人士很難選擇從這裡出發。至於一些較有經驗的人,他們多會從城門水塘(即麥理浩徑第七段)出發,一次過行畢麥徑七至八段,經過針山、草山及大帽山,即所謂的「針草帽」段。除此之外,我們可以在城門水塘的菠蘿壩,沿城門水塘西面的林務馬路,徐徐步上至鉛礦坳,或從大埔逆走衛奕信徑第八段至鉛礦坳,才步走此段。在離大帽山頂前約2公里的山腰有一個休息亭,亭內標有從林錦公路登大帽山頂的路線圖,大約3、4公里長一路瀑布重疊,有井底瀑、中瀑、大瀑和瞰須瀑等,估計景觀極佳,我們今天是體驗麥理浩徑,沒有機會走這條路,機會留給今後。因為山頂是香港氣象觀測站,所以一定有公路到達山頂的。水泥路面的大帽山林道是從剛才提到的休息亭開始的,一直盤到山頂、從氣象站再盤旋下山,部分麥理浩徑也和盤山路重疊,從山頂望盤山路,九曲十八灣甚是壯觀。初春季節,漫山遍野花叢盛開,綠的、紅的、紫的,還有白、黃的花朵點綴叢中,一望過去,真是繁花似錦,美不勝收。

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