The MacLehose Trail

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Opened in 1979, the MacLehose Trail is a 100km long hiking trail which traverse Hong Kong's New Territories from East to West. 

Section 2 of MacLehose is my favorite section of trail in Hong Kong.


 
  MacLehose Section 1 & 2

Duration: (24.1 kilometers)
Section 1: Between 2 and 3 hours depending on walking speed (took us 2) Section 2: Between 3.5 and 5 hours, depending on walking speed (took us 3.5)

Difficulty: Section one is a road, 90% flat. Really easy. Section 2 has some more challenging hills. About 300 meters hike up. I'd say 7/10

Appreciation: 10/10. Mountains, beaches... the views are incredible!

   
 
    MacLehose Section 3

Duration: (10.2 kilometers) Between 4 and 5 hours depending on walking speed (took us 4)

Difficulty: 8/10. There are two steep climbs but each time, they are no more than 25 minutes long

Appreciation: 8/10. The views are nice, although most of the same as Section 2, but without the beaches


   
 

    MacLehose Section 4 & 5

Duration: (23.3 kilometers) Between 7 and 9 hours depending on walking speed (took me 7.5)

Difficulty: 10/10. There are steep climbs for a good part of the trails and the two sections are over 22 kilometers. Inexperienced hikers will likely suffer. Bring a flashlight, just in case you can't reach the end of Section 5 before dark

Appreciation: 9/10. Great views of the mountains and then Kowloon (go on a clear day)






   
 
    MacLehose Section 6

Duration: (4.6 kilometers) Between 45 minutes and an hour depending on walking speed

Difficulty: 3/10. Quite easy, really short

Appreciation: 4/10. Kinda boring but if you like monkeys, you'll see plenty! If you want full bragging rights for MacLehose, you gotta do it


   
 
    MacLehose section 7&8

Duration: (17 kilometers) Between 5 and 6 hours depending on walking speed

Difficulty: 8.5/10. Climb the highest mountain in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan, at 960 meters

Appreciation: 7.5/10. You must absolutely go on a clear day to enjoy the views as you are going to be quite high and risk being in the clouds otherwise





   
   
 
    MacLehose Section 9 & 10

Duration: (21.9 kilometers) Between 5.5 and 6.5 hours depending on walking speed

Difficulty: 4/10. Quite easy, long as there is not way to get back between sections 9 and 10

Appreciation: 3/10. Boring, mostly paved. If you want full bragging rights for MacLehose, you gotta do it. If you want to experience the best of Hong Kong trails, that is not one of them
   
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