There are many hiking trails in Taipei but Xiangshan Hiking Trail (also known as Elephant Mountain) is Taipei’s most popular hike and easily accessible. The top of the trail without doubt is the best location to view Taipei 101 and sunset as a backdrop. The hike up is not that difficult but the endless stairs can be intimidating.
Before the Hike
Tips before hiking Elephant Mountain:
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Be prepared to sweat buckets. Bring a towel with you.
- Bring along on-the-go snacks and plenty drinking water.
- Apply insect repellent to avoid being bitten by commando mosquito.
If you are feeling tired, there are plenty of pit stops to rest along the way. If you are in good shape, you can reached the peak within 15 to 20 minutes.
Panoramic Views of Taipei
The view from the peak is absolutely breathtaking.
Tiring but a worthwhile hike.
The peak is popular among professional and amateur photographers.
The best time to hike is in the late afternoon for sunset or early morning.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Xiangshan Station and use exit 2. Follow the sign and walk along Zhongqiang Park. Turn left at the end of the street.