MacLehose Trail (Section 1)Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke
MacLehose Trail

Trail Summary

Length
10.6 km
Duration
3 hours
Region
Sai Kung
Overall Difficulty (3-Star Demanding)

Length (Rating 3-Star)

Duration (Rating 3-Star)

Gradient (Rating 2-Star)

Surface (Rating 2-Star)

Shading Level
(3 green leaves represent high shading level)

  • (Low)

Overall Rating (5 hearts is the highest)

(Rating 4-Heart)

Many people are envious of the beaches overseas, which are as crystal-clear as glass. Sai Kung, in fact, also has a glassy reservoir awaiting your visit. The section between Pak Tam Chung and Long Ke, albeit quite long, has a gentle slope and is therefore a somewhat comfortable start to a hike. Commanding the best view in this section is unequivocally the clear and blue High Island Reservoir, which was built in 1979, when some 400 Hakka villages had to move out to make way for the reservoir, whose mammoth scale was therefore self-explanatory. Breath-taking scenery, whether natural or manmade, is seen not only in the mountain but also along the seashore - the wooden footpath in the East Dam of High Island Reservoir, a cofferdam of some 7000 dolosse, s-shaped hexagonal rock columns, Po Pin Chau and the like. Upon the completion of this section, either opt to proceed forward or stay in Long Ke Wan Campsite. The coast along Long Ke Wan is known for a unique landscape of rhyolite, which is a kind of small volcanic rock and is formed in the course of the rapid and different cooling rates at the lava surface and bottom layer. You can appreciate the grey-brown hexagonal columns formed by rhyolite, or you can stay behind and revel in the Milky Way in the dark sky against the sound of swells, enjoying the beauty of Hong Kong from a different perspective.



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Transportation Information

Start Point
Take public transport to "Sheung Yiu" bus stop, or take green minibus and alight at the junction of Tai Mong Tsai Road and Pak Tam Road.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) route - 94 and 96R (96R only runs on Sundays & public holidays)
Green Minibus - 7 and 9

End Point

Go back to High Island Reservoir (East Dam) to take Green Minibus route 9A (only runs on Sundays & Public Holidays from 15:20 to 19:00) to Pak Tam Chung bus terminus, or go to Sai Wan Pavilion to take Residents' Service route NR29 to Sai Kung Town Hall.

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
https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk/

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.