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Maclehose Trail Stage 8 麥理浩徑第八段-大帽山北巔四方山坳
Hong Kong

 麥理浩徑第八段,四方山附近大帽山是觀看日出、日落的熱門地點,時有攝影發燒友在此守候。日落時份,走在蜿蜒的大帽山道落荃錦岰,面前群山延綿至屯門,右邊是錦田、元朗平原,左邊是荃灣、青衣島。天氣清朗時,香港島、大嶼山就在遠處,三號幹線、青馬大橋、汲水門橋連起幾個大版塊。在全港的最高點,見群山、城市相接,低垂夜幕點起萬家燈火,據說是世間罕有的景緻。大帽山北巔 之 四方山位於新界中部,大帽山之東北巔的四方山,為香港第四高峰,海拔785米高,屬大帽山山脈。大帽山曾為一座活火山,與附近的觀音山、大刀屻和雞公嶺同為因火山活動而形成的,故大帽山主要由火山岩組成,亦有不少沉積岩,在山上隨處可見到宏偉的巨石群。除西南面有禾塘崗石林和東南面的禾秧山石林外,四方山頂及其旁的猴岩頂及附近一帶,以及南面的麥理浩徑上,亦散佈了不少奇岩亂石,該亂石群被稱王母點兵石林。四方山又稱平台山,因與大帽山之間的山坳,地勢闊大空曠得像個大平台,上還有十字路可通四方,可能因此而得名。該山坳上設有一座簡便木亭,稱四方山涼亭,亭旁設有指路木牌,向北走可下達林錦公路,中途只可經梧桐寨四大瀑布之一的散髲瀑,又或於近北麓另有路徑前往其他的三瀑,包括主瀑、中瀑和井底瀑。四方木亭的西面路為上大帽山頂,南路通城門郊野,而東面路為漫漫的長路,可見上面散佈著不少奇岩亂石,一路至接近燕岩,其後為下山石級路至約400米高的鉛礦坳,該長路亦為麥理浩徑八段的一半路程。麥理浩徑八段是由東面的鉛礦坳起,經四方山至大帽山頂,然後向西南下經禾塘崗林徑至荃錦坳為止,全長9.7公里,行畢約4小時。http://mozmolj.blogspot.hk/2013/10/2_8639.html

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Taken: 20/10/2013
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Tags: sze fong shan; maclehose trail stage 8; 麥理浩徑第八段; 大帽山北巔; 四方山坳
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