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 the link if new to this web): from 2.5 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.
- 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 2): The easiest version 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 specially difficult, 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 try to continue your way down, it gets trickier, with 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 3.5): 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 “difficult/hard” in the right/up direction. Go left for the easier option. You will see ropes just some meters later for a not specially difficult sections, 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.
Purple track (difficulty 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. Continue East direction up sandy surface path.
Path shown in the Opencyclemaps. 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.
The path has some areas that are narrow or…
… require climbing.
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 bit of zoom.
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.
Orange track (difficulty 5.5): 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 specially 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. Enjoy whichever route you take!