Last Updated on October 23, 2021 by queenie mak
Did you know that about 75% of the total area in Hong Kong is comprised of natural landscapes, including grassland, woodlands, reservoirs and hilly terrains? Many of these areas are part of nature reserves and country parks and are located throughout Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.
This is good news for anyone who wants to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, even if it’s just for a few hours. And you don’t have to be an experienced or advanced hiker to try out some of the best Hong Kong hiking trails.
In this post, I put together a list of short and easy hiking trails in Hong Kong for anyone who wants to get a bit of exercise and see panoramic views of the city. All you need is a pair of light hiking shoes, some water and an adventurous spirit!
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Hiking in Hong Kong: What you need to know
Before you put on your hiking shoes and try one of these short hikes in Hong Kong, take a look at my Hong Kong solo travel guide and get an overview of HK first.
And here are few additional tips for hiking these easy hiking trails in Hong Kong:
- Wear comfortable, light hiking shoes for any of these suggested trails.
- Always bring plenty of water for your day hike.
- The best time to go hiking in Hong Kong is late fall, winter and early spring as the summer is really humid and hot. But it is possible to go during the warmer months, make sure you bring enough water.
- If you want to avoid the crowd, go hiking on a weekday.
- Get an Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard for taking public transportation and use it for taking public transportation to any of these Hong Kong hiking trails. It costs $100HKD, but you can use $50 stored value and get your $50HKD refundable deposit when you leave HK.
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6 short & easy hiking trails in Hong Kong
Below are my six favourite short hikes in Hong Kong. They all take less than 2 hours, and some are even less than half an hour. Moreover, these easy hikes in HK can be done by yourself. Yup – it is possible to do these hikes on your own.
1. Victoria Peak Trail on Hong Kong Island
- Duration: 1 hour
- Distance: 3.6km
- How to get there: five ways (walking, bus 15, minibus 1, Peak Tram and taxi) to get to the Peak Tower & Peak Galleria, which is the start of the hike
If there is only one easy hiking trail you need to hike, it is Victoria Peak Trail. The trail is near the top of Victoria Peak on the western side of Hong Kong Island. The flat and paved circular trail is the easiest hike in Hong Kong. And most of all, the circular route has the best views of Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and the north side of Hong Kong Island.
There are many ways to get to the start of the Victoria Peak trail. I included all five ways of getting to Victoria Peak in my post.
I prefer to hike Victoria Peak anti-clockwise on the Victoria Peak circular loop because I like to see the views first. And by the time I reach Lugard Road and Harlech Road junction, I have the option to take a break at the park or continue onto Mount High West, another trail with views of southern HK Island (more on this later). Then I finish the loop by walking down Old Peak Road to Central MTR Station.
2. High West Hike next to the Victoria Peak Trail
- Duration: 25 minutes
- Distance: 650 meters
- How to get there: hike anti-clockwise on the Victoria Peak circular loop and start at Lugard Road and Harlech Road junction
High West is one of the peaks on Victoria Mountain on the west side of HK Island. And as one of the best sunset spots in Hong Kong, many people prefer to hike this short hike in the late afternoon.
The short hike takes about half an hour to get to the top. But it is mostly stairs, but they are paved and built properly, making it quite easy to walk up.
At the top of High West, you can see Sai Ying Pun, and Kennedy Town to the west, and Pok Fu Lam, Cyberport and Lamma Island to the south.
If you are already on Victoria Peak Trail, you might as well hike High West too, because the start of the trail is adjacent to the Victoria Peak circular loop.
3. Red Incense Burner Summit on Braemar Hill
- Duration: 15 minutes
- Distance: 0.5km
- How to get there: take bus 23B, 25, 25A, 27, 81A, 85, 85A, 85P, 108 or minibus 25, 49M to Braemar Hill Bus Terminus. Then walk 5 minutes to the trailhead.
The Red Incense Burner Summit on Braemar Hill has to be one of the shortest hiking trails in Hong Kong, especially if you take public transportation to the start of the trail. Plus, the trail itself is not difficult or hard to navigate. After hiking for 15 minutes and a quick climb over several rocks, you can see panoramic views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Many people will visit the sunset viewpoint because it is one of the best sunset spots in Hong Kong. And if you stay for the night view, make sure to bring a headlamp or torch so you can navigate your way back.
4. Pineapple Mountain in New Territories
- Duration: 2 hours
- Distance: 6km
- How to get there: take Lightrail 505 at Siu Hong MTR Station and walk 5 minutes to the trailhead.
Many people may not know that Hong Kong has its own version of a Grand Canyon. The easy hiking trail in Tuen Mun resembles the crackly crust of a pineapple bun, an HK classic food. Hence, they named the mountain Pineapple Mountain.
The hike up Pineapple Hill is a steady incline but not difficult. The hiking path itself is not hard to navigate. Google Maps shows a clear path across the mountain. There are parts around the canyon where it might be slippery, but it shouldn’t be an issue if you are wearing proper hiking shoes.
But the most rewarding part of the short hike is to see the Grand Canyon-like landscape of Pineapple Hill. You won’t see anything else like this anywhere in Hong Kong. Along the way, you can see views of New Territory and Shenzhen, China.
5. Lamma Island Family Trail between Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan
- Duration: 70 minutes
- Distance: 4.8km
- How to get there: take a ferry from Central Ferry Pier No.4 or Aberdeen Pier to Sok Kwu Wan Pier on Lamma Island
Lamma Island is the third-largest outlying island in Hong Kong. The island is known for its laidback hippie vibe, gorgeous beaches and delicious seafood. Plus, Lamma Island is known for its excellent hiking trails.
The Lamma Island Family Trail connects the two biggest villages on Lamma Island, Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan. The short trail zig-zags through the island where you can see temples, grottos, lookout pavilion, beaches and panoramic views on both sides of Lamma Island.
The hiking trail is paved the entire way with slight inclines. The well-maintained path is suitable for everyone, even if you are a beginner.
The best way to hike the Lamma Island Family Trail is to start from Sok Kwu Wan and end at Yung Shue Wan. I like this route because there are more food options for solo travellers in Yung Shue Wan.
6. Rhino Rock Hike in Stanley Peninsula
- Duration: 1 hour
- Distance: 2km
- How to get there: take bus 6A to Stanley Fort (last stop)
There is a rock statue in the shape of a rhinoceros head hidden in Stanley Peninsula on Hong Kong Island. And the only way to see the rocky rhino is by hiking the Rhino Rock hiking trail.
This short hike takes about 40 minutes to the Rhino Rock and 20 minutes to go back. There are parts of the trail that may seem a bit too steep or slippery, but it shouldn’t be too difficult if you wear proper hiking shoes.
The trickiest part is navigating your way to the Rhino Rock because Google Maps doesn’t show the route. All you have to do is to follow the markers after the triangulation station. Keep going until you see the Rhino Rock. You will know when you are there! If you want to see a detailed map, I included one in my post on hiking Rhino Rock.
If you are already exploring Stanley, a charming coastal town or hiking the famous Violet Hill and Twins hike, you definitely should include the short hike to Rhino Rock.
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Which of these short hikes in Hong Kong will you try?
There are some of my favourite short and easy hikes in Hong Kong. I’m sure there are more! And when I discover them, I will include them in this post. So make sure to bookmark this page and return often.
And in the meantime, which of these easy hiking trails in HK will you try? Let me know in the comments.