A completely different way of arriving at one of the most touristy places in Hong Kong, perfect for a rainy short adventure on the Island.
- Beauty/fun: 7/10. Extra points added cause most people usually cannot believe that those pictures could be taken so close to the “civilized Island”
- Difficulty (check this link if new here, this is not your standard HK hiking web): 4.5/10. You will be walking in the water, but the grip is not especially bad. The stream sections are shortish and connected through main paths in the South West of the Island. The initial path marked fully with ribbons, the second stream without yet. In (post) rainy day though, the water coming down will guide you up through the best route.
- The map
You can start in different ways. In the main track above we started in HKU MTR station. Just come out to the upper A2 exit, walk Southwards to University Avenue and in no time you will see some stairs up to this path.
In just a couple of minutes, you will be in the stream. It is a really nice spot if you are into photography. Very accessible to go with the tripod, filters, etc to take long exposure pictures.
All the initial part is very civilized, with steps around the stream.
Mainly small waterfalls.
Till you arrive at this one.
After those stairs, the stream divides into two tributaries, both with ribbons. But the right side one is not as interesting. Go left therefore, just behind the waterfall, easy crossing.
Continue on the stream and you will find a scattered waterfall among others.
Just follow the ribbons and you will connect with the main path of the West of the Island, which connects with the Hong Kong Trail section 1. All this initial part can be done without getting your shoes into the water.
You will find different streams up. The most interesting visited so far (and I think I have done almost all already) starts here.
If it has been raining in the previous days the stream can be really beautiful and fun!
Just follow up the stream. In case of doubt, the tributary with the most water is the one you need to follow.
Few people go up this stream and therefore the jungle can get bit overgrown.
Walking in the stream is the easiest option.
Arriving at the last section.
Doable even on a rainy day.
There are some ropes set there from long ago. Do not rely on them, water might have weakened them and are easily breakable.
Arriving at the bridge of Lugard Road.
Pass under it on your right side.
And you will find Lugard falls just in front of you.
From here you can walk to the Peak from where to take transportation back down to the city.
Update 2018: You can make the hike a little bit longer if doing the second stream full from almost the reservoir below. I have added a green line on the map above. This initial section is less steep. There are nevertheless a couple of tiny cute waterfalls and nice looking rocks around.
Arriving at the connection area mentioned before
I have also marked another waterfall next to the reservoir that usually we just visit going back and forth to it without hiking all the stream.
Pics and video from the last visit.