The Tianmu Historic Trail meanders through the northwestern slope of Shilin’s Huagang area as well as the saddle to the south of Shamao Mountain. As the second half of the previous Yulu Historic Trail, the Tianmu Historic Trail comprises several footpaths that connect Huagang and Tianmu along a water main. These footpaths are perfect for a refreshing summer hike with the murmuring creek running through a pristine forest nearby. People who seek cool, tree-shaded trails may as well take the Cuifeng Trail and stop by Cuifeng Waterfall before reaching Houdong Industrial Road.
Once a major transportation corridor between Jinshan and Tianmu, the Tianmu Historic Trail has literally become an “old trail” since the inauguration of Yangde Blvd. and, in recent years, has been crowded with sightseers every weekend.
Ecological phenomena along the Tianmu Historic Trail
At an altitude of 300 to 120 meters, Tianmu Historic Trail features a broadleaf forest ecosystem typical of the low-altitude, subtropical Taiwan. Northeastern monsoons and the attendant gales, rainfall and low temperatures coming from the saddle of Datun Mountain helped to create a warm-temperate broadleaf forest along the trail on the windward hillside. The shady and humid valley on the leeward side, nevertheless, encourages the growth of tropical broadleaf trees and such tropical phenomena as the buttress roots, cauliflory, and Strangling plants. Although the trail is located only at 300 meters above sea level, it boasts a rarely-seen, compact ecosystem that simultaneously comprises broadleaf forests of tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate biomes.
◎Warning for hikers: When you reach a fork in the path leading downward toward Cuifeng Waterfall, do NOT feed the monkeys that frequently show up in groups because they may hurt you while fighting for food!
- Outing Locations Family Activities
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Lane 12, Aifu 3rd Street, Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
2. Altitude: 387m
3. Walking time: approx. 1 hr 34 min
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Weekdays are great without the crowdsThe trail is a nice workout while canopied by trees and cooled with the rush of mountain streams and breezes. There are a few nice view points along the way, water fountains to refill your hydration pack / bottle, and if you head towards the university at the top of the trail you can find a lovely bakery for a treat.
Easy hike up steps with monkeys if you're luckyWe love walking up the Tianmu Trail as it is an easy way to climb above Tianmu with a great view once you are on top. If you are lucky, you can see the Formosan Macaques and Magpies.
Take a stroll along the Tian Mu TrailTian Mu is said to be Taipei's most prosperous neighbourhood. It once housed US military personnel, when Taiwan and the US were besties. It still houses the Taipei American School, the Taipei European School and Taipei Japanese School. The Tian Mu Trail leads to the Chinese Culture University. Some of Taiwan's shrinking number of allies have consulates in Tian Mu.. Along the trail, you will get some scenic views. You may see some monkeys, officially called Taiwan macaques. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. Do not do anything foolish like attempting to feed them. You can either walk back down the trail again, or take the bus into Taipei. Be sure to take some water and and a snack. Take your phone, you can get some good pics along the way.
A good walk to challenge one's staminaThis hiking trail's official name is called "Old Tian Mu Hiking Trail" and in old days a major water pipe line ran along with it so it is also called Tian Mu Water Pile Road. One can step off #220 City Bus line and follow the sign to walk uphill. Along the trail there are many places to take break and the final stop is near the Chinese Culture University campus. After a short break one can take city bus back to Taipei. One should bring at least a bottle water for sweating would be the normal in walking through the trail. There are many side streets allow one to break away form the trail if one is too tired.
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