MacLehose Trail (Section 7)Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass
MacLehose Trail

Trail Summary

6.2 km
2.5 hours
Central New Territories
Overall Difficulty (3-Star Demanding)

Length (Rating 2-Star)

Duration (Rating 3-Star)

Gradient (Rating 4-Star)

Surface (Rating 4-Star)

Shading Level
(3 green leaves represent high shading level)

  • (Low)

Overall Rating (5 hearts is the highest)

(Rating 3-Heart)

Shing Mun Reservoir was built in 1937. Its main dam, steel bridge, valve tower and bellmouth overflow have been graded as Grade I historic buildings, making the reservoir one of the most popular hiking spots among Hongkongers. Over one hundred types of butterflies were recorded within the country park; the paperbark trees that surround the reservoir are even favourite check-in spots. The reservoir leads to Needle Hill, which allegedly means a mountain with a pointed crest in the Hakka dialect.  Despite only having the altitude of 532 metres, Needle Hill, as shown by its name in the Hakka dialect, is exceedingly steep. As a Chinese saying goes, “You would never appreciate the pain if you did not go through it”. Only when you experience it could you understand the experience per se. To scale Needle Hill, you have to climb over a thousand steps within 1.7 kilometres, which, together with sparse trees, puts endurance and willpower through the mill. However, the scenery that one can see on Needle Hill is well worth the efforts. After climbing up to the crest, you will be rewarded with the panoramic view of Shatin in front of you and, if you navigate your way through the narrow and mighty reservoir, you will then be rewarded with the view of Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi and Tseun Wan. If you scale Grassy Hill, which has an altitude of 647 metres, you can enjoy an even wider view ― this is what the hikers call Needle Hill, Grassy Hill and Tai Mo Shan face one another. Never will you get bored with the spectacular views on the way to the end point ― Lead Mine Pass.

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Transportation Information

Start Point
Take Green Minibus route no. 82 at Shiu Wo Street, Tsuen Wan, to the Pineapple Dam Green Minibus Terminus at Shing Mun Reservoir, or take public transport via the Ho Fung College at Wo Yi Hop Road. Get off at Ho Fung College and walk along the Shing Mun Road for 20 minutes to reach the Pineapple Dam.

KMB - 32, 36, 40X, 46P, 46X, 47X, 48X, 73X, 278X, N36, 40P, 46P, 47A, 234C, 273C, 273P, 278P
Green Minibus - 94, 312, 403, 403A, 403X, 94S (94S only runs on Sundays and public holidays)

End Point
Continue to MacLehose Trail (Section 8) and leave at Route Twisk, or walk along Wilson Trail Section 7 from Lead Mine Pass for about one and a half hour to Yuen Tun Ha and then take Green Minibus to leave.

Green Minibus - 23K and 23S

The transportation information provided in this website is for reference only. Please check the updated transportation information from the websites of Transport Department and relevant transport utilities before setting off.

Hong Kong eTransport web page

Route Map

The below map showing the route and the scenic spots along the hiking trail.
For details, please refer to the transportation information above and photos captions text below.

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