Wilson Trail (Section 1) Stanley Gap Road to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir
The uphill slopes on the Wilson Trail are too many to count, making it a trail to be reckoned with. Soon after the first section of the trail starts, hikers have to climb over a thousand stone steps to scale the South Twins, which is 386 metres about sea level, and the North Twins, which is 363 metres above sea level. That being said, no matter how exhausted you are, be prepared to be rewarded with breath-taking scenery from the viewing platform – St Stephen’s Beach, Stanley Main Beach, D’Aguilar Peninsula, Lo Chau and, to the furthest, Po Toi Island. In spring, you will see Common Melastoma in full bloom; in autumn and winter, the hillsides are studded with Hong Kong Gordonia like the starry sky. Hiking trails are always fair in the sense that there are both uphill and downhill slopes. The Twins are followed by a precipitous downhill slope leading to a valley flanked with trees and Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, before going up again to Violet Hill. At Chinese New Year, the peak commands the north side of the mountain dotted with Chinese New Year Flowers in full bloom, hanging on the trees like pink bells as large as a thumb. When you reach the last section that descends to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park, you can even capture the delicate Chinese New Year Flowers at close range as a takeaway after finishing the first section of the Wilson Trail.