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High West Hike: 3 Ways to Hike up Mount High West in Hong Kong

One of the best parts about Hong Kong is how nature is everywhere and how easily you can get out of the hustle and bustle by hiking one of the many trails around the city. And the High West hike is one of the most accessible trails and offers one of the city’s best views.

When you trek up Mount High West, the hike can be easy or challenging, and the peak can be reached from three different parts of the city. Depending on whether you are a beginner or an advanced hiker, choose one of the three trails that can take you to the summit.

In this post, I will show you all the options for hiking up to High West Peak. So, if you want to take a short, easy half-day hike to the top or climb the “treacherous trail” of Mount High West, keep reading.

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What you need to know before hiking Mount High West

Before you hike up to the High West Peak, take a look at my solo travel guide to Hong Kong and get an overview of the city.

Here are some additional travel tips for hiking up to Mount High West:

  • The best time to hike the High West trail is late autumn, winter and early spring. Part of the trail is exposed, so I would not recommend hiking during the height of summer.
  • If you want to see the detailed hike for High West hike option #3, download the “Hiking Trail HK” app on your smartphone since Google Maps does not show the route after you reach Mount High West Tea Garden. But if you follow my itinerary and see the attached map below, you will have all the necessary information.
  • Get an Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard for public transportation. You can use it to take MTR, bus, or minibus to and from the trail.

How to hike the High West Trail: 3 Ways to High West Peak

There are three ways to hike to the summit of High West in Hong Kong:

  1. Continue the hike from Victoria Peak Hike
  2. Easy hike via Lung Fu Shan Country Park from northwestern HK Island
  3. Intermediate hike via Pok Fu Lam Country Park from southwestern HK Island

Option 1: High West hike from Victoria Peak Hike (Easiest)

The first option for hiking Mount High West is the easiest. The hike to the summit starts at the halfway point of the Victoria Peak Trail.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Distance: 1.8km

Click on “more options” on the top left corner of Google Maps and the map will open in your browser or in the app on your smartphone. I also included the elevation profile for option 1 – the trail is pretty flat.

1. Hike to park at Harlech Road and Lugard Road Circular Walk

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

But if you only want to hike Mount High West and start from the Peak Tower, you can hike clockwise on the circular path.

After 15 minutes, you will reach a small park where Lugard Road and Harlech Road meet. In Google Maps, it is referred to as “Harlech Road and Lugard Road Circular Walk, The Peak.”

2. Find the start of the “treacherous trail” of the High West hike

Once you are at the park, look for signs for “High West.” The beginning of the hiking path is behind the pagoda.

The Hike West trail combines a dirt path, a stone-paved path, and stone stairs. There are signs indicating how far you have hiked.

This part of the hike is termed the “Treacherous Trail” in Google Maps. But don’t let that term scare you. The “treacherous” part is actually the path beyond the summit for option 3. More on that later.

3. Enjoy the views on the way to High West Peak

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, the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, and many tall buildings in Cyberport.

And beyond HK Island, there are islands in the South China Sea. The closest one is Lamma Island.

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. The view of Kowloon stretches all the way from Tsing Yi to Kowloon Bay. And of course, you can see Victoria Harbour.

4. Reach the summit of High West

This is the highest point of the High West trail, at 494 meters. At the top is a signboard that tells you the current day, 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. During golden hour, High West Peak can be quite busy.

5. See views beyond the High West summit

Before hiking option 3 to High West, I always saw people climbing over the rope barriers beyond the summit. Unknowing what was beyond the steep cliff, I thought going on the rugged path was dangerous.

After researching, I realized you could hike High West from the other side. So consider this a preview for the third option for hiking Mount High West.

Option 2: Mount High West hike via Lung Fu Shan Country Park (Easy)

The second way to hike High West is to start from HKU MTR Station and hike up Lung Fu Shan Country Park via Pinewood Battery. This option is fairly easy, except for the steep paved path on the way up.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 2.8km

Again, click on “more options” on the top left corner of Google Maps and the map will open in your browser or in the app on your smartphone. The elevation profile of option 2 is more of a gradual incline but not super difficult.

1. Find the stairway next to Sinopec gas station

Option #2 starts from Hong Kong University (HKU) MTR Station, Exit C1. Walk west on Pok Fu Lam Road until you reach the Sinopec Gas Station. The hiking path starts from the steep stairs on the left of the gas station.

2. See war relics at Pinewood Battery

Keep hiking uphill, and you will see two paths: Hatton Road and Lung Fu Shan Fitness Trail.

You should definitely take the Lung Fu Shan Fitness Path, which leads directly into Pinewood Battery, a historical landmark in Lung Fu Shan Country Park.

Walking through the battery, you can see old war relics that have been around for over a century. Look for gun platforms, a battery command post, an observation post, a splinter-proof bunker, and several war shelters.

3. Reach the small park and continue to the summit of High West

Continue hiking up Lung Fu Shan Fitness Trail until you reach the small park where Lugard Road and Harlech Road meet. This is the same park I mentioned in option #1.

Scroll back to that section and see all the details for the rest of the hike to the peak.

Option 3: High West hike via Pok Fu Lam Country Park (Intermediate)

The third option for hiking the High West trail is the most difficult.

It starts easy at Pok Fu Lam Family Walk and Hong Kong Trail Section 1. Then, the hike becomes a climb from Mount High West Tea Garden (西高山茶園) to the top of the mountain.

Wear proper hiking shoes and bring a pair of hiking gloves. The gloves will be really handy when you have to climb up near the end of the hike.

  • Difficulty: Easy, then intermediate (physically climbing uphill)
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 2km

Google Maps does not have all the trail details—it only covers the first half until Mount High West Tea Garden. So here is a screenshot of the entire trail from the Hiking Trail HK app. Also, take a look at the map and elevation profile below.

1. Hike from Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to Lung Fu Shan Viewing Deck

Take a bus to Fok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, the start of the hiking route.

When you arrive at the bus stop, walk on Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road towards the reservoir. Soon after, you will see a set of stairs on the left. This is the start of the Pok Fu Lam Family Walk.

Follow the paved trail until it merges into Hong Kong Trail Section 1. The path continues up the stairs.

At the top of the stairway, you will reach Lung Fu Shan Viewing Deck. From here, you can enjoy excellent views of Mount Davis and the west side of HK Island.

2. Hike the Treacherous Trail of High West

When ready to move forward, walk to the back of Mount High West Tea Garden and around the railing. The start of the climb is not super obvious, but it is behind the sign for “Camellia Garden.”

Put on your hiking gloves because they are very helpful for this part of the trail to High West. As you can see from the elevation profile, it is pretty steep. Certain parts may seem dangerous (and there is even a warning sign), but it is not that bad.

I believe this is part of what Google Maps calls the “Treacherous Trail.” Take a look at the photo below.

But honestly, the climbing part isn’t that hard, and it is not very long. You can handle this if you are a regular hiker in Hong Kong.

3. See the panoramic views of the area around Mount High West

When you look west, the mountain directly in front is Mount Davis. You can also hike the easy trail on this mountain and see war relics. Plus, you can also see Peng Chau in the distance. It is a small island right in front of Lantau Island.

When you look northeast, you see the northern part of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. On a clear day, you can see many parts of Kowloon, including Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsing Yi Island, and Tai Mo Shan, HK’s highest peak.

When you face southwest, you can see Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, close to the start of option #3 hiking trail. In the distance, you can also see Cyberport and Lamma Island.

4. Hike to the summit of High West

Keep following the rugged trail to the peak of High West.

And remember in option #1 when I mentioned the path dropping off the cliff beyond the summit? This is the precise path! From this point of view, the trail doesn’t feel as daunting. And the view on the way up hiking path #3 is pretty amazing!

Descend Mount High West via option 1 or 2

On the way down, I recommend continuing on the Victoria Peak Trail (clockwise or anti-clockwise) or walking down Lung Fu Shan Country Park. So, you can choose option 1 or 2.

Option 3 is really steep, especially when going downhill. I would only recommend it if you are an advanced hiker.

Which hiking trail will you take for Mt High West?

If you are a beginner, you can try options 1 or 2. But if you want to challenge yourself, hike up route #3. I’ve done all these hikes myself and would recommend all these options to anyone visiting Hong Kong.

I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know in the comments which trail you chose for hiking up to the peak of High West and if you enjoyed the trail.

Thank you for reading my High West hiking itinerary

You might also like these other posts on solo travel in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island Hikes
Island District Hikes
New Territories Hikes

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 20+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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