24.41518,121.73927 I visited the location a week after the typhoon had passed, resulting in the waterflow being 2.5 times its usual rate. I believe tracing the path is much easier under normal waterflow conditions. On that day, I encountered numerous waterholes.
We drove down to the end and began walking along a trail towards the GPS spot. The creek serves as a water
... source for the village below, with visible pipes. The first waterfall was particularly enchanting, featuring a beautifully serene pool in front of it (I'm uncertain if it was at coordinates 24.41096, 121.73626). Up until this point, the creek was characterized by large rocks and a swift current, without anything noteworthy to document.
As we approached the final waterfall, the boulders grew larger, and the terrain became steeper. 300 meters away from the destination, we walked around along the mountainside on the right side of the creek (facing downstream). We descended into the valley on a rope I set up to a tree, and left it there for our return. Close to where we descended with the rope, we encountered the most challenging part of the river tracing. A precarious rope was hanging in a strong current. Due to the high risk and time constraints (we had set off late), I initially considered retreating. However, David (The Map Room) managed to climb the rope, which had been there for who knows how long. I was reluctant to use the same rope, so I passed my rope to him to set up a rope for me to cross the boulder. The potential danger was immense – being swept away by the powerful current or the rope breaking could lead not only to a dangerous fall but also to potential death from the waterhole (as everything seemed like a waterhole that day). I asked about his assessment of the climb, and he estimated an 80% chance of success. Well, not my style, but he's much stronger than me. On the return journey, we rappelled down instead of using the rope in the water.
Around 100 meters beyond the previous obstacle, there was a 15-meter slanted waterfall. We circumvented it on the left side. Although there were two small ropes visible (which I didn't use), the area in front of the waterfall presented challenges. If you managed to reach this point, you should be relatively fine here. The rocks were extremely slippery here. We witnessed the tremendous rush of water cascading from the height of 45 meters into a pool and roaring through the gorge. Adjacent to the pool, the water was squeezed between two large rocks, creating a secondary 3-meter waterfall as it dropped. The sight was truly amazing, leaving us both astounded and thrilled. However, the journey wasn't over. A path existed on the right side of a large rock (facing downstream). David managed to climb over, but he was uncertain about the stability of the worn rope hanging there. I secured a rope and slings around the rope anchor for safety. Upon climbing up to the anchor rock, the powerful current was right beside and below us, flowing between the two massive rocks. With caution, we descended and walked through the water while holding onto the rope. The water level was so high that it reached my chest. It weirdly reminded me the time in the gorges of Jianianduan when I fought against currents. Finally, we reached the front of the waterfall. It has a resemblance to Yuemeikeng but with a waterflow seven times stronger. During our return, I held a rope attached to David and descended first, carefully seeking footholds and avoiding potential waterholes. Then, I guided him down.
At high water flow, the difficulty is undoubtedly at a 5/5 level. I can't speculate on how this would be under normal waterflow conditions--definitely much easier!
22.753066, 120.754527 Really beautiful canyon with a view of the mountains around it visible nearly the whole time. We went during the dry season and the first 20 minutes or more of the trace actually had no water. However, once we got further up there were nice pools and areas of flowing water. On top of this, the final waterfall was great and had some nice spots on the
... side to climb up on the rocks if that's your jam.
Quite a few people's cars' tire get stabbed here when they are off to river trace or hike, especially in peak seasons. The best way to prevent this is probably use the local's serice.
23.99786, 121.03935 You need to go through thick silver grass to get to the main river. The three small waterfalls are near the fork. There is a trail by the river on the left side(facing downstream). Nothing special after the three waterfalls. A 1-hour river trace.
24.85745701317228, 121.5624583307028 This is a very simple trace just south of the town in Wulai. The starting point is behind the blue pieces of sheet metal along the road, and there is a path behind them that leads to the the stream. It would be best for you to start here instead of by the elementary school because it is very easy to miss the exit. Depending on the water level, this
...trace can be categorized as easy to medium. Along the trace there are numerous pools to swim in.
Posted Nov 29, 2020
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