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High West Hong Kong: A Short Hike to a Gorgeous Sunset in HK

Last Updated on September 13, 2020 by queenie mak

High West is one of the peaks on Victoria Mountain on the western side of Hong Kong Island and it is one of the best spots to watch the sunset.

And at 494 meters, you can see the western regions of Hong Kong Island including Sai Ying Pun, and Kennedy Town. Looking towards the south, you can see Pok Fu Lam, Cyberport, and Lamma Island in the South China Sea. And when you look towards the east, you can still catch a glimpse of Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula, similar to what you would see on the Victoria Peak Hike.

Most visitors don’t know about the High West hike in Hong Kong because it is not as well known as Victoria Peak Hike. But if you are already hiking the Peak Trail, you should definitely add another an hour and hike High West in Hong Kong.

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What you need to know before visiting Hong Kong

Before you travel to Hong Kong, take a look at my solo travel guide to Hong Kong and get an overview of the city. And here are some additional travel tips:

  • Get an Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard for taking public transportation (MTR, bus, minibus, ferry and tram). Purchase one at any MTR station or convenience store. It costs $100HKD but you can use $50 stored value and get your $50HKD refundable deposit when you leave
  • Hong Kong is a safe city for solo female travellers
  • The local language is Cantonese but most people have a knowledge of English.

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How to get to High West HK

There are two ways to get to Mount High West:

  1. Continue the hike from Victoria Peak Hike
  2. Hike up Lung Fu Shan via Pinewood Battery and Hatton Road from Kennedy Town MTR Station

Regardless of which way you decide to start your High West hike, you will first arrive at the little park where Lugard Road and Harlech Road meet. In Google Map, it is referred to as “Harlech Road and Lugard Road Circular Walk“.

I’ll show you exactly how to get to the park.

1. Continue the from Victoria Peak Hike

In my post about hiking Victoria Peak Trail, I suggested hiking the trail by starting around the Peak Tower and Peak Gallery and hike anti-clockwise around the circular path.

But if you only want to do the High West hike and want to start from the Peak Tower and Peak Gallery area, then hike clockwise on the circular path. The short hike takes 16 minutes.

This is the easiest way to start your High West Hike.

There are five different ways to get up to the Peak. I’ve detailed each of the five ways in my post on how to hike Victoria Peak Trail.

2. Hike up Lung Fu Shan via Pinewood Battery and Hatton Road from Kennedy Town MTR Station

The second way to hike High West is to start from the western side of Hong Kong Island and hike up Lung Fu Shan (mountain) via Pinewood Battery and Hatton Road.

This is the more challenging option as the trail is steep and has many stairs. But you will see many interesting things along the way. The hike takes 45 minutes from the MTR Station to Harlech Road and Lugard Road junction.

The hike starts from Kennedy Town MTR Station, Exit B. Then you have to weave through several streets until you get to Pok Fu Lam Road, where there is a bus station and Sinopec Gas Station. The path to Lung Fu Shan starts from the steep stairs on the left of Sinopec Gas Station.

Hike uphill for about 23 minutes and you will reach Pinewood Battery, a historical landmark in Lung Fu Shan Country Park. The trail integrates ruins of Pinewood Battery, alongside Hatton Road. You can walk up Hatton Road but walking through Pinewood Battery is a lot more interesting.

Continue hiking uphill to Harlech Road and Lugard Road junction. The last bit of uphill climb takes about 13 minutes.

How to hike Mount Hike West

  • Difficulty: Easy to intermediate
  • Duration: 12 – 25 minutes
  • Distance: 650 meters
  • What to bring: light hiking shoes, camera, water

Start of High West Hike Hong Kong

As mentioned earlier, it doesn’t matter which way you decide to hike up to the Peak, you will start from the little park where Harlech Road and Lugard Road meets.

Once you are in the park, find the signs for “High West”. The path weaves through the park and is beginning of the path behind the pagoda.

The Hike West trail is a combination of stone-paved paths and stone stairs with minimal dirt paths connecting parts of the trail. And along the way, there are signs telling you how far you have hiked.

This part of the hike is termed the “Treacherous Trail“. But don’t let that term scare you! The “treacherous” part refers to the steep climb up the mountain where you hike up a flight of stone stairs. The set of stairs is quite narrow and there may be other hikers passing you, but it is not scary at all.

Looking southwest: Pok Fu Lam, Cyberport and Lamma Island

Before reaching the summit, you can start seeing the southwest part of Hong Kong Island. In the distance, you can see a large body of water, which is the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, and you can see many tall buildings in Cyberport.

And beyond HK Island, there are islands in the South China Sea. The closest one is Lamma Island, one of the larger neighbouring islands and it is known for its fishing villages, temples, beaches. You can tell it is Lamma Island because of the three skinny tall structures which are the tall chimneys at Lamma Power Station.

Looking northeast: Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon

The northeast view from High West is similar to the views from Lugard Road Lookout on Victoria Peak Trail.

On a clear day, you can see all the buildings on the north side of Hong Kong Island from Sai Ying Pun to Central. And the view of Kowloon stretches all the way from Tsing Yi to Kowloon Bay.

This is THE postcard view of Hong Kong. If you can’t get enough of this view, get back on Victoria Peak Hike and make your way to Lugard Road Lookout. The view of the harbour is a bit closer and lovely on a clear day.

And if you are at the Peak when the sun goes down, the view of Victoria Harbour changes dramatically as all the buildings light up and brighten the harbour.

Highest point: Mount Hike West Viewing Point

At 494 meters, it is the highest point of High West. There is a signpost that tells you the current day (newly built in 2019), a triangulation station and two aerial maps indicating all the major areas and highlights of the western side of HK Island.

And this is one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Hong Kong. It is worth the trek to the summit and watch the sun set in the distance.

Google Maps says it takes 12 minutes to reach the summit. I can tell you this much – it took me more than 12 minutes! The trail is straight up a flight of stairs, so depending on your athleticism, it will take you between 15 to 25 minutes. Don’t worry about reaching the top quickly; take your time and enjoy the views along the way.

Beyond Mount Hike West Viewing Point

Every time I climb High West, I always see people climbing over the rope barriers beyond the triangulation station at the summit.

You can see more of the western end of Hong Kong Island but you are entering dangerous territories. I’m not a pro at hiking and I am rather clumsy, so I don’t dare hiking a path beyond a rope barrier. It is a dirt path slowly descending down the mountain.

I do not recommend hiking beyond the rope barriers because of safety reasons especially if you are a beginner at hiking. And also because you can already see an excellent view from the top. I don’t think you can see that much more beyond the barrier.

Returning back to Harlech Road and Lugard Road Junction

On the way back to the little park at Harlech Road and Lugard Road junction is easy peasy. It is all downhill via the same set of stairs you just hiked up. Walking down the Treacherous Trail is easier than going up. But be careful as there are no handrails on either side.

Also, make sure to look up once in a while to enjoy the view of Victoria Mountain.

When you arrive at the park, you can either continue on the Victoria Peak Trail (either walking clockwise or anti-clockwise) or walk down Lung Fu Shan via Hatton Road.

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Are you hiking up High West in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is known for its beautiful skyline and one of the best ways to experience it is by hiking Victoria Peak Trail.

And what most visitors do not know is that there is more to see when you continue on the trail to High West. The views of the west side of Hong Kong Island and the sunset will blow you away!

I hope you enjoyed this post and will consider adding High West to your Hong Kong itinerary.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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