Suicide cliff seems to be one of the most searched routes here, so in this post I’ll show all the routes up.
- Difficulty (check this link if new here, this is not your standard HK hiking web): from 3 to 8/10 = from “easy” to “suicidal” way. In any case, be careful in the “photo spot”. The cliff’s name says it all: a wrong step and you can have a fatal accident (there have been several already).
- Beauty/fun: 5-7.5/10. Spectacular views and a fun hike with tons of variants.
- Map with the main alternative routes
Also, another one which shows you tons of different paths around. Highly recommended to download applications that allow you to see this topographic maps offline.
Green track (difficulty 3): The easiest version (I repeat that you should check this link to understand the grading if new here) would be to go up to Kowloon Peak and from there down to Suicide Cliff and back the same way. A concrete road up to these stairs (you could even take a taxi up to here).
The stairs go up consistently to Kowloon Peak. Steep but clear. Last steps with Saikung below.
Go up next to the Helicopter landing place and down to Suicide Cliff. There you go some drone footage with what you will see.
The descent is not especially difficult, just couple of steps where you might need to use your hands, with a clear stony path down till the photo shooting place. You don’t need to climb down the last section shown in the video, no worries, it’s easier than that 😛
If you are not an experienced hiker you might want to check these step by step (picture by picture) instructions of all the previous route.
If you try to continue your way down, it gets trickier, with a sandy slippery surface. It is easier to hike it going up. Which would be the second easiest path that I would suggest.
Blue track (difficulty 4): The track shows all the way up from Choi Hung MTR station, but you could avoid the initial road section with some more public transportation/taxi. The real starting point, in this case, would be around here.
Beginning of Fei Ngo Sha road. The path is steep consistently. Initially within the woods. There is only one fork that you will cross. In Chinese, you will read “rugged” (崎岖) in the right/up direction (yellow line on the map).
Go left for the easier option. You will see ropes just some meters later for a not especially difficult section, but that can help weaker hikers.
Soon you will pass the tree and bush line and the views of the city unfold.
Up till Suicide Cliff itself.
Later on, continue the path to Kowloon Peak.
With the helicopter landing place and all of us seeing the drone fly.
From here on you will have different options. Mentioned stairs down to MacLehose trail. Or continue to Middle Hill (summer green).
In this case, the blue track will take you down through the bushes towards Jat’s incline. Here pretending that it is super dense (winter brown).
But in reality, the path is most of the year well-trodden and quite clear. Several rocks from where to continue taking pics of the city below.
It is steep in some sections, but the surface is not slippery.
Once in Jat’s Incline you can go down the road or in our case we continued the “civilized” path through Hammer Hill.
And back to the MTR station.
Yellow track (difficulty 4.5): Same as the previous but going through the “Skyline Crag”. Nice rock formations, but significantly steeper.
You will need to scramble a bit and find your way (marked with a ribbon) back to the previous path where I marked to see Suicide Cliff unfolding in front of you, exactly in the connection with the next path.
Purple track (difficulty 5.5): If you want to add a bit more of adventure and be able to see Suicide Cliff and all the walls from below, this is the option. The starting point, in this case, would be in Jat’s incline, here.
Start going up and soon you will find a dry stream and quite some ribbons around. This part can be misleading. There are ribbons going in different directions. Use the GPS app (exactly here) or compass. You will need to continue East direction up sandy surface path.
Soon you will pass the bush line and you will see the walls next to which you will be hiking.
Several interesting rocks where to take pics.
Beware of a couple of forks. Brown and grey (not interesting) on the map. Continue on purple. The path has some areas that are narrow or…
… require climbing.
And significant bushes in several points. But overall is not very difficult. As soon as you pass the bush line you will be seeing Kowloon Peak’s walls from below. Several (climbing) bolted routes, for those with harness, etc. You can also see the hikers up there posing for their pics, with a bit of zoom.
Beware of falling rocks. I have never seen any falling, but after the typhoon (Sep 2018) several trees in the area fell and some structures are looser above.
If you continue the ribbon marked path you will arrive at the blue track.
The opencyclemap track will guide you through a trickier section, marked up in red. Pic from above.
It does not add any additional views or else. So completely optional.
UPDATE 11OCT18: A reader mentioned that after the typhoon this purple track is more difficult to navigate, so beware. UPDATE 3NOV18: Checked that the route is OK, just the mentioned fallen trees and bit looser terrain.
Orange track (difficulty 6): You can continue the “dry” stream up. This is not shown in the GPS but there are set ribbons too. Soon you will see that it is not so dry actually and that even some local neighbors engineered their water catching system.
The route seems not much used, with less ribbons and ropes completely rotten…
The upper you go the more water you will see.
The stream connects with the path that I have marked in brown. I don’t especially like this section. Sandy/slippery even when completely dry and with a couple of spots that could get dangerous for a big group of hikers there. My suggestion would be to go Eastwards and connect with the purple track again.
Red track (difficulty 8): this path was explained in the previous post.
Purple and red are my favorites. If going up blue adding a bit more difficulty/beauty through yellow. Enjoy whichever route you take!