Run of the Week: Hong Kong Trail Section 1 to 4
Beautiful views over the city, shaded paths through country parks and moderate elevation gain make the first half of the Hong Kong trail perfect for those getting into trail running or those looking for a relatively easy 25k.
Starting at the Peak Tower station this route loops around the peak with spectacular views over Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour and beyond. These first two kilometres follow the flat and paved Lugard Rd path.
Coming to a pavilion at the end of Lugard Rd, turn right and follow signs for the Hong Kong Trail (silhouettes of two hikers). Sections two and three of the Hong Kong trail offer mainly gentle slopes with a few steeper descents. The beautifully maintained trail crosses streams and offers runners lots of shade.
Finally, section 4 of the HK trail includes one of the steepest sections of this route followed by a flat and easy descent to the finish.
There are a few ways to get to the Peak. One of the most fun, is the peak tram. (The tram is currently being upgraded and is expected to open in early 2022, please check the website for more information.) You can find information on other public transport routes on citymapper. Or of course jump in a cab.
There are many buses and taxis passing the finish point of this route.
Food & Drink
There are vending machines and shops at the Peak to top up your water and food supplies. There are also toilets at the Peak, down the stairs by the start of Lugard Rd.
Changes to the Route
Feeling strong? Keep on going! The full Hong Kong trail is about 50km, though the second half is more challenging than the first with more hills to climb.
There are a number of trails and roads that cross the Hong Kong trail, giving other exit points along the route. One option is at the end of section 2. Rather than continuing along onto section 3, drop down to along Peel Rise to Aberdeen.
The Hong Kong trail is well marked with signposts. This route will take you from H001 to H050. You’ll know you’re on the right track by keeping an eye on the markers every 1/2 kilometre. If you’d like more information on the Hong Kong trail each section is described in more detail on the government’s Enjoy Hiking website.
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