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Hiking the Yinhe Cave Trail

Although I have now been living in Xindian for a few months I have hardly explored any of the hiking trails in the nearby mountains. This morning I went out to hike the Yinhe Cave Hiking Trail (銀河洞越嶺步道).

Yinhe Dong Temple and waterfall in Xindian, Taipei County

The trail head is on a small road off Bei-Yi Road (北宜路),also known as Route 9 — the road to Pinglin. It is only a short, but steep, hike up to the Yinhe Cave and Waterfall. This is quite a spectacular location with the temple built into the cliff and a waterfall flowing down beside it. 

sign pointing to Maokong on the Yinhe Dong Hiking Trail

After the waterfall he trail goes along a ridge through bamboo and tea gardens. It then reaches a point where it splits. One way leads to the Maokong Gondola Station. The other way goes to Dailaokeng Shan (待老坑山) and U-Theatre (優人禪鼓).  The signs in this area include coordinates making them easy to find with a GPS. I headed to Dailaokeng Shan. The summit of the mountain didn't afford any special views though. 

bird photographed while hiking the Yinhe Dong Trail in Xindian, Taipei

I captured this shot of a bird with the camera at full zoom (the photo has also been cropped). The bird is a Müller's Barbet (Megalaima oorti; 五色鳥).  I also saw a raptor on the hike. There are still many more trails to explore in the Xindian and Muzha area. I hope to hike some more of them soon.  

map of the Yinhe Dong Hiking Trail

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Comment from MJ Klein
Time 15 September 2007 at 1:49 pm

great post of a cool hike David. i noticed something interesting on that sign with the coordinates. above the standard lat/long coordinates are the Taiwan grid X/Y coordinate. that is very hip because i’m sure people use local maps with the Taiwan grid datum.

man that temple in the side of the cliff is crazy! great capture of that bird! it looks like he was getting ready to take off.

Comment from Pip
Time 16 September 2007 at 7:02 am

That’s a great photo and I plan to try that hike. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Comment from Todd
Time 17 September 2007 at 12:55 pm

Nice, I’ll have to make it out to some of those trails one of these days.

Pingback from Hiking around Xindian & Maokong in Taipei – David on Formosa
Time 6 March 2008 at 2:52 pm

[...] morning I set out to explore some of the trails branching off from the Yinhe Cave trail. Above the Yinhe Cave (銀河洞) there is a branch of the trail pointing to Simiantou Shan [...]

Comment from Teo
Time 8 March 2008 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for sharing, David. I live close enough to Xindian – I’ll definitely be trying that hike out.

Comment from Tamara
Time 19 May 2008 at 6:43 pm

Nice place, I’ve skipped Taiwan in previous travels but you really describe the country in an interesting accessible way so maybe next time.