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Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun: A Firebreak Hike Hugged by Mt. Snow and Central Mountain Range

Posted by:  Anusha Lee
Published date: April 20, 2022
Ping-Duo Hike refers to the trail from Mt. Pingyan to Mt. Duojiatun, which isn't far from the famous Wuling Farm in Taichung. What's so special about this hike is you get to hike between two famous mountain ranges in Taiwan: The Xueshan and the Central Mountain Range, with stunning views. The endless hills and pine needles on the trail make this trip even more memorable. If you want to experience the spectacular high mountain trails within one day, this hike is for you.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Looking at Xueshan from Mt. Duojiantun Front Peak

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Trail Information

Trail Name: Mt. Pingyan 平岩山 and Mt. Duojiatun 多加屯山 Trail, short name for Ping-Duo Trail 平多縱走
Distance: 16.7 km (10.4 miles)
Route type: Point to point
Days/Hours Needed: At least 11 hours. It's better to stay at the B&B near the trailhead so you can start your hike early in the morning.
Ascent/Descent: 934m/1,198m
Best Time to Go: All year round
Permits: Not required. Difficulty Level:
Peaks to Reach:
  1. Mt. Pingyan 平岩山, 2,827 meters (9,275 feet). There is a Class 2 Triangulation Stone on the peak.
  2. Mt. Duojiatun Front Peak, 多加屯山前峰, 2,723 meters (8,933.7 feet).
  3. Mt. Duojiatun, 多加屯山, 2,795 meters (9,170 feet). There is a Class 3 Triangulation Stone. We didn't get to Mt. Duojiatun this time.
  4. Mt. Shengguan, 勝光山, 2,285 meters (7,496.7 feet). There was a triangulation stone, but it is missing now.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan

Personal Enjoyment

Things I Enjoy:

  1. Like the ROMA hike I did in 2019, I love this trail! The views are amazing.
  2. After “swimming” through the bamboo woods, the wide firebreak is waiting for you. This section is covered with pine needles, and it's so comfortable to walk on them. However, the steepness of this firebreak can still bite your butt and spice up your hike.
  3. The sights of two stunning mountain ranges in Taiwan, the Xueshan (Mt. Snow) Range and the Central Mountain Range, the endless the sea of clouds, and terrains covered with pine needles make this hike even more memorable.
  4. If you are looking for challenging hikes, the 1,000m+ ascend and descend will also spice up your enjoyment, not to mention the swimming section through the bamboo woods before reaching the firebreak.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.

Map/GPX Data

Date of Hike: Group hike with THMA 新北市山岳協會 on January 8, 2022

Route map for 2022-01-08 Pingyan Mountain And Doujiatun Mountain by Anusha Lee on plotaroute.com

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Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Gradient profile of this trail: up and down, up and down...
Note: According to our guides, who did this hike again in March, the route is changed due to landslides at 6.1k on 710 Forest Road. So, if you do this hike, you need to take a detour. Please see this map for details.

How to Get There and B&B to Stay

If you have enough people in your group, the easiest way is to hire a van to take you to the trailhead and pick you up after you finish.
If you want to drive and park your car near the trailhead, the distance between point A and point B is about 7 km, which takes around 2 hours to walk back to your vehicle.

Public Transport

If you don't drive, you can still take buses. However, the bus schedule is limited and almost impossible to catch the bus after you finish your hike. If you can have extra days to do this hike, you can stay at one of the B&B one day before and after your hike.
Option 1: take Kingbus 國光號 1764 (Luodong - Lishan 羅東 - 梨山) at Luodong Transfer Station 羅東轉運站 in Yilan at 7:00 or 12:00. Get off at Yuli Store Stop 豫立商行站. The one-way ticket is around NT$310.
Option 2: take Kingbus 國光號 1751 (Yilan – Lishan 宜蘭 - 梨山) at Yilan Transfer Station at 7:30 or 12:40. Get off at Yuli Store Stop 豫立商行站. The one-way ticket is around NT$290.

B&B to Stay

Some hikers say some B&B near the trailhead also offers pick-up services. You can contact them for details.
Huan Qing Temple B&B 環清宮貴賓樓
Guanguo Farm 光果農莊-登山協助站, but hikers call this Wang Xiao Ming B&B 王小明
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
The bunk beds at Wang Xiao Ming B&B

About Qalang Sqoyaw, Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatunn

Huanshan Tribe (Qalang Sqoyaw) 環山部落

This trail starts at Huanshan Tribe, aka Sqoyaw. Sqoyaw Tribe is the biggest settlement among the indigenous Atayal people in Lishan 梨山.
The tribe is located in the village (between 1,600 and 1,800m above sea level), surrounded by mountains above 3,000 meters. That's why it's also called Huanshan Tribe. Huanshan means being surrounded by mountains. This place used to be the only entrance to do Mt. Snow hike many years ago.

Mt. Pingyan 平岩山

Mt. Pingyan (2,827m) is in Heping District, Taichung City 台中市和平區, and belongs to the Central Mountain Range. Hikers can see Xueshan Mountain Range while ascending.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.
When reaching the peak of Mt. Pingyan, hikers can enjoy the incredible views of Mt. Nanhua, Zhongyanjian Mountain, and other 100 Peaks. Therefore, Mt. Pingyan is also called the observation deck of 100 Peaks 百岳觀景台.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
100 Peaks we saw at Mt. Pingyan.

Mt. Duojiatun 多加屯山

Mt. Duojiatun is located between the border of the Heping District of Taichung and Datong Village of Yilan. This mountain belongs to the Central Mountain Range, and the peak extends from Mt. Nanhu. The trail is also mostly covered with pine needles.
ROMA: watching snow capped Mt. Nanhu and the sea of clouds made the descending more enjoyable
Snow capped Mt. Nanhua in 2019
For hikers who want to hike Mt. Nanhu or North Section One 北一段, Mt. Duojiatun is the first peak to take on. It's a shame that we didn't get to Mt. Duojiatun, but we reached Mt. Duojiatun Front Peak (aka Northwest Peak). The sight of Mt. Snow and the other 100 Peaks from the front peak is fantastic.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Snow was covered by clouds and some snow when we reached Mt. Duojiatun Front Peak.

A Brief Visit of Wuling Farm: The Gate to Mt. Snow and Other 100 Peaks

Wuling Farm, 1,750m above sea level, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taiwan. It is famous for the spring blossoms and the fantastic views. You can read Foreigners in Taiwan's post for the details of Wuling Farm.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
For hikers like me, Wuling Farm is also the gate to many 100 Peaks, like Mt. Snow (Xueshan, 3,886m), Mt. Pintian 品田山 (3,524m), Mt. Chiyou 池有山 (3,303m), Mt. Tao or Taoshan 桃山 (3,325m), Mt. Kalaye 喀拉業山 (3,133m) and more. Those 4 are also called Wuling-Quadruple or Wuling Quadruple Mountains 武陵四秀.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
Looking at Mt. Chiyou, Taoshan and Mt. Shilun (3,194m) from the left to right.
Tourists can also see other 100 peaks, like Mt. Shuan 閂山 (3,168m) and Mt. Lingming 鈴鳴山 (3,272m).
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
Mt. Shuan and Mt. Lingming are visible at Wuling Farm.
Even if you don't do 100 Peaks, Wuling Farm is a great place to explore and relax. We were supposed to do another hike, but our guide decided to change the plan because the weather wasn't good on that trail.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
Cherry blossom at Wuling Farm
Cijiawan (or Qijiawan) Creek 七家灣溪 at Wuling Farm is also home and sanctuary for the critically endangered Formosan Lanklocked Salmon 櫻花鉤吻鮭.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
Cijiawan Creek
We spent the whole morning wandering around at Wuling Farm. It was freezing cold when we got there in January.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan

Mt. Snow: A Mountain with Many Names

From the bridge, I could see the snow-capped Mountain Snow (Xueshan or Syue Mountain) (which sounds like a tongue twister). Xueshan is the second highest mountain (3,886m) in Taiwan, and is also on my to hike list.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan: looking at Xueshan
If you Google, you will find many names like Syue Mountain, Xueshan, Mt. Snow, Mt. Sylvia, and Sekoan, which might make you confused.
Mt. Xue Cirque 雪山圈谷. Photo by Hong Jia Cun
Mt. Snow is the indigenous Atayal people's hunting ground. Atayal people have several names for Mt. Snow, including Babo Hagai (meaning big mountain with collapsed snow), Mahamayan, and Sekoan (meaning crack on the rock cliff).
Pond next to Mt. Snow trailhead. Photo by Wu Mingchen 吳明成
Pond near Trailhead of Syue Mountain (Xueshan) 雪山登山口服務站. Photo by Wu Mingchen 吳明成.
In 1867, when the captain of the British warship, HMS Sylvia, saw Mt. Snow while passing Taiwan's waters, he named Mt. Snow after the ship, Mt. Sylvia.
Wuling Farm in Taiwan
As to Xueshan or Mt. Xue, Xue means snow, and shan means mountains in Chinese. However, hikers can still see different translations on the way to Mt. Snow Main Peak.
Mt. Xue 雪山 has different English translations. Photo by Hong Jia Cun
Those names all refer to Xueshan.

Drastic Weather Change in Yilan

For people who are not familiar with the weather in Taiwan, Yilan (eastern Taiwan) claims to be the wettest place on this small island, and it rains constantly. The weather was sunny and beautiful when we were at Wuling Farm in central Taiwan. But we witnessed a drastic change once we entered the border of Yilan. I am glad to have this video as proof.

My Itinerary

Brief itinerary: Trailhead near the farm ➔ Pingyan Pond ➔ Mt. Pingyan ➔ Doujiatun Shelter ➔ Mt. Doujiatun Front Peak ➔ Mt. Shengguan ➔ Trailhead near Changliang Bridge 張良橋 ➔
GPS coordinates of the trailhead near the farm: 24.338443, 121.319100
We arrived at B&B on the previous day. My Matsu friend Jeffery Chang 張建舫 and I joined TSMA's trip to do this hike.
05:00 Got up and got ready for the hike.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun: B&B
Our B&B
06:00 Headed to the trailhead. Our guides told us to wear the rain paints because we had to go through bamboo woods, and morning dews would cover us.
06:31 Arrived at the trailhead. Our guide suggested we put on our rain pants because we had to went through bamboo woods before reaching the firebreak. The morning dews on the bamboos would make our pants soaking wet.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike: trailhead
Sorry for the blurred photos.
06:39 Ready to hike.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike: trailhead
The view near the trailhead
07:11 While climbing the steep slopes, we got a glimpse Xueshan through the trees.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
07:24 Arrived at Pingyan Rain Measurement Station 平岩山雨量自動測報站 and took a 20-minute break.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Then, we entered the dense bamboo woods 箭竹林. That was why our guides suggested us to put on our rain pants.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Bamboo woods and steep slopes are fun.
08:12 We stopped at a tree with small fruit with ruby colors. Some parts of the trunk were stripped of barks. Our guide said this was done by the animals.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Other than bamboo woods, we were also surrouned by tall pine trees.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
08:56 We arrived at Pingyan Pond and took a long break.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike: Pingyan Pond
Pingyan Pond was quite large, and I thought this might be a decent place to camp.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike: Pingyan Pond
And group photos. This photo was taken by our hiking mate.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike. Photo taken by our hiking mate.
We took many photos here. If you come here, don't miss the woods near the pond.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
The light made a gracious displace within the woods, and the lights were amazing.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
09:43 Reached the firebreak ridge — no more bamboo woods from here. This ridge was so broad that our guide was joking that it was big enough to drive here if you could get your car there.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.
The ridge was totally covered by pine needles and surrounded by tall pine trees. I thought it would be much easier to hike here. I was wrong.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.
10:13 There were some openings on the sides of the ridge. I used my PickFinder app to check out what mountains I was looking at.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
I saw Mt. Soucheng (2,420m), Mt. Baigu (3,342m), Mt. Qilai South Peak (3,357m), and more. I was very excited to see I've done some of those peaks.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
10:40 Reached Mt. Pingyan, 2,827m. We took a 40-minute lunch break here. Zhongyangjian, 3,705m, was right in front of us. Although the magnificent peak was covered by heavy clouds, I was still very excited to see this beautiful mountain.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
I took a timelapse video at Mt. Pingyan.
A timelapse video of clouds covering Mt. Zhongyangjian
Here's a photo of Zhongyangjian taken on my ROMA hike. You can recognize the distinctive pointed peak.
ROMA: Mt. Zhongyanjian, 3,705 m /12,155 ft, through the trees
Other than Zhongyangjian, I also see Mt. Ganshu 甘藷山 (3,157m), Mt. Wumin 無明山 (3,451m), and other high mountains. They all belong to the Central Mountain Range and are labeled 100 Peaks.
I shot a timelapse video while having my lunch.
11:29 After we resumed our hike, I saw a pine tree with dark bark that looked like being burnt.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Soon, we saw the sea of clouds from a distance. I'll never get tired of seeing this.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
11:56 Reached a very steep descending slope. It was slippery, too. So, we took our time to descend.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
We took a break here. Photo by Jeffery Chang 張建舫.
12:48 Mt. Nanhu, 3,742m, was clear to see on our right side, almost.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
12:52 We passed a rugged slope.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
13:29 We passed a shelter that was transformed from a utility storage room. Seeing this means we had arrived at Mt. Duojiantun Front Peak, 2,711m.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Snow range was right in front of us. We took a long break here, waiting for our rest hiking mates to catch up.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Xueshan and Beilingjiao 北稜角 (3,882 m) were still snow-capped when we were there. Belingjiao is above 3,000 meters, but it is not listed as 100 Peaks.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
A short timelapse video of Xueshan
While staying there to admire the stunning Xueshan, our guides decided that we would skip Mt. Duojiatun Main Peak. It would take another 2 hours from the main peak back to here. We still had a long way to go before reaching the trailhead.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
From here, we hiked on 710 Forest Road 710林道.
14:00 We saw more clouds on the way down and stopped to take more photos.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
14:13 Passed the junction to Yuleng Cabin 雲稜山屋. Yuleng Cabin is 2,616 meters above sea level and is located at Taroko National Park. It's the must-pass stop to hike Mt. Nanhu 南湖大山 (3,742m) and Zhongyangjian Mountain 中央尖山 (3,705m).
The signs at this junction say 3.8k to Yuleng Cabin and 1.1k to the trailhead of Mt. Nanhu.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles on the firebreak.
More steep slopes paved by pine needles.
14:16 I saw Mt. Pingyan through the trees. We'd been hiking so far.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
The peak in the center was Mt. Pingyan.
14:58 Passed the sign of Taroko National Park. The sign says you will enter Taroko National Park after hiking 2.5km further from this point. We took a break here.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
I also saw other signs saying 6.8k to Siyuan Trailhead 思源登山口 and 4.9k to Yuleng Cabin. So, it took us 45 minutes to hike 1.1k at this section.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
15:32 Resumed the hike. We started seeing red maple trees.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
16:08 Passed the signs saying 6.9k to Yuleng Cabin, 2.3k to Shengguan, and 4.8k to Siyuan Trailhead. It took us 50 minutes to hike 2km at this section.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
I did a point-to-point hike with a short name for ROMA, and one of the trailheads is Shengguan.
16:19 We arrived at Mt. Shengguan 勝光山 2,285m. Our guide said the triangulation stone was removed but found by other hikers. So, the hikers put it back, but it got stolen again. It still baffled me why people want to remove or steal the triangulations stones. Those things were made of granite, and they were heavy.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
The triangulation stone at Mt. Shengguan is nowhere to be found.
This section was so steep that I couldn't imagine what it would be like if I would take on this all the way up to Mt. Nanhu someday.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
16:52 I reached the trailhead and saw this beautiful tree
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan
Before we reached the trailhead, our guide told us we could call the local people to arrange a pickup for us if we didn't want to take the last section before reaching our vans. There was already a farm truck waiting there by the time we arrived. My friend Mt. Chang decided to take it. So, I went with him. Yes, we were cheating. The distance of this section was around 1.1 km.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun. Took a shortcut. Photo by Jeffery Chang 張建舫.
My Matsu friend and I decided to take a shortcut. Photo by Jeffery Chang 張建舫.
17:04 We arrived at the trailhead near Changlian Bridge and called it a day.
Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun hike with pine needles and seeing Mt. Snow in Taiwan

Related Posts:

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Hunters Trail
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English Posts

Hiking the Wuling Quadruple (武陵四秀)
Wuling Farm 武陵農場

Posts in Chinese Only

Hiking Biji: Ping-Duo Hike - Mt. Pingyan and Mt. Duojiatun 平多縱走(平岩山連走多加屯山)
Mt. Chen: Pingyan Mountain and Duojiatun Mountain 平岩山、多加屯山、勝光山下張良橋(平多縱走)
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