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Puli Six Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and South Mt. Dongyan

Posted by:  Anusha Lee
Published date: January 26, 2021
Puli Six Beauties: 2 mountains infographic
Puli Six Beauties: 2 mountains infographic
Disclaimer: Please note some of the following are based on my personal condition, and I will try to provide the latest and correct information as possible as I can. Please feel free to let me know if I make any mistake and thank you for reading. Please also note that your safety is your own responsibility.

About South Mt. Dongyan and Mt. Yousheng

Puli Six Beauties 埔里六秀 refer to Big Mt. Soucheng 守城大山, Mt. Guandao 關刀山, Old Mt. Wujeyue 舊武界越山, Mt. Hengping 橫屏山, Mt. Yousheng 有勝山 and South Mt. Dongyan 南東眼山, and they are labeled as Mid-level Mountain Trails in Taiwan. Those six mountains are located in very remote areas of Puli and most of them except for Mt. Yousheng can only be accessed by driving or hiring a car.
I hiked Big Mt. Soucheng, Mt. Guandao, Old Mt. Wujeyue, and Mt. Hengping in July 2020, and this is my hike of the rest two mountains, Mt. Yousheng and South Mt. Dongyan.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Guandao Creek valley

How to Get There

There is no public transport near the trailhead of South Mt. Dongyan.
As to Mt. Yousheng, you take Nantou Bus 南投客運 6652 from Puli Station, and get off at Huisun Forest Farm 惠蓀林場. Or you can book a room and stay at Huisun Forest Farm. This is a very beautiful and underrated place to visit.

Peaks to Reach

South Mt. Dongyan: 南東眼山, 1,875 meters (6,151 feet)
Mt. Yousheng: 有勝山, 2,105 meters (6,906 feet)
See the map and itinerary first

Day 1: It Was Really an Easy and Happy Hike

GPS coordinates of the trailhead: 24.037207, 121.10046
Our guide for this trip was also Xiao Tsai 小蔡. In case you haven't read Puli Six Beauties Part 1, Xiao Tsai is one of my favorite guides from LOHAS. Most of the time, I just sign up my favorite guides’ trips if I am available to take those hikes. Puli Six Beauties series is one of them.
Puli Six Beauties Part 1: challenging hikes in central Taiwan
My favorite guide, Xiao Tsai
On our Puli Six Beauties Part 1, Xiao Tsai said our Day 2 was an easy and happy hike. For those who have been hiking with him for a while, we all know to ignore his remark like this. But, surprisingly in a good way, our Day 1 of Puli Six Beauties Part 2 was indeed an easy and happy one. We left Taipei on early Saturday morning and arrived at the tea farmhouse around 10:30 am. We parked our cars there. The trailhead was right next to the farmhouse. After we got ready, we started our hike at 10:46 am.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
The trailhead to South Mt. Dongyan was next to a farmhouse.
Within one hour, we decided to stop to have a 40-minute lunch break.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Three were beautiful on the trail to South Mt. Dongyan
Within another hour, we reached South Mt. Dongyan peak.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
South Mt. Dongyan peak

The Underrated Huisun Forest Farm

Then, we finished this hike and got back to our cars at 1:55 pm. This one was really easy. I don’t have much memory about this trail, but I was quite impressed by the place we stayed for the night, Huisun Forest Farm 惠蓀林場.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
There are so many things to see at Huisun Forest Farm. The ticket for each adult is NT$200, and parking fee per care is NT$ 50.
Huisun Forest Farm belongs to National Chung Hsing University with history dating back to Japanese Occupation in 1916 and has celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016. With the area of 7,477 hectares (18,476 acres) and elevations ranging from 450 to 2,420 meters, there are a variety of vegetations and landscapes. It's pity that we didn’t have enough time to explore this farm.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
You can book a room at Huisun Forest Farm.

Day 2: Started with the Beautiful Guandao Creek

GPS Coordinates of the trailhead: 24.09104, 121.036436
As usual, we got up early in the morning and got to the trailhead at 5:40 am.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
There was an No Entry sign on the trailhead of Mt. Yousheng.
We hiked along Guandao Creek 關刀溪, and the valley looked spectacular. I had to stop several times to take photos. The path here was the regular road but please be aware of the falling rocks.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
It wasa relaxing to walk along Guandao Creek.
It took us around 35 minutes to reach Guandao Creek. So, our first task was to cross the river.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Waiting to cross Guandao Creek
It rained a few days before our hike, and the swift but shallow water did intimidate me a little bit. Xiao Tsai and other guides accessed the creek and found a spot to assist us crossing the river. I wore a pair of rainboots so I just steppted into the water without any hassle. Other hikers had to take their hiking boots off before crossing the creek.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Xiao Tsai and other guide assessed the water.
After everyone crossed the creek and put their boots on, we hiked along the creek a little bit and found the entrance to the steep slope.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
It wasn't too difficult to cross the creek.

1,500m Ascent Waiting for Us with a Pleasant Surprise to Kickstart Our Hike

We first encountered a rock slope. When I made a turn, something white caught my attention. There were several white flowers that looked like tiny people hanging from the plants, and those were gorgeous. Later I know those were White Calanthe 白鶴蘭. I didn’t expect to see them on this trip, and I was so happy to have this pleasant surprise. For more information about the flowers I saw on the trails, you can check out Flowers on the Trails.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Found beautiful orchids White Calanthe when we started going uphill.
After the orchid encounter, we continued our hike. It was a very steep slope almost without any flat area for me to catch my breath. In between the trees, I got a glimpse of the mountains surrounding us.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
A very steep slope and this was just the beginning.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Many gorgeous tall trees along the trail
It was in midsummer, but we hiked at a higher attitude and started early, so the weather wasn’t that hot and humid. We got a great weather, and I could see sun lights seeping through the woods. While I was leaning against the tree and catching my breath, I saw this:
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Amazing light passing through the trees
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
I also noticed some tiny white flowers scattering on some section of the trail, but I still don’t know what they are.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Those cute flowers were no bigger than my finger tips.
After the feel-like-forever uphill climbing, we reached 2023 Peak to have a lunch break. As you can guess, this was 2,023 meters (6,637 feet) above the sea level. The peak was actually not far away from here, but this was the relatively flat area for us to sit comfortably and have lunch.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Took a lunch break at 2023 Peak.
Then, our good friends, bamboo woods, came back again. Compared to those we met on our Puli Six Beauties Part 1, those bamboos were very friendly, and this section was not too bad.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Had to climb through bamboo woods again.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
More messy bamboo woods
Within one hour, we reached our last peak of Puli Six Beauties, Mt. Yousheng, the only peak with views among Puli Six Beauties.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Our last peak of Puli Six Beauties, Mt. Yousheng.
By the time we reached Mt. Yousheng, it was cloudy, nothing much to see. The good thing is we still got to see some views on the way to the peak.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Some views through the trees before reaching Mt. Yousheng.
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Going Downhill Wasn’t Easy

The common thing about Puli Six Beauties was the massive descending, and it was a daunting task. By the time we left Mt. Yousheng, it was around noon. The heat and humidity made it even harder.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
All the way up and all the way down
Since I started taking on more challenging hikes in 2020, my poor knees weren’t very happy with the massive descending. It was no surprise that my pace was getting slower.
By the time I got back to Guandao Creek, it was already 3:41 pm, and it took me another hour to get back to the trailhead. When we reached the trailhead, considerate Xiao Tsai had asked our driver to come back to the trailhead and pick us up.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Xiao Tsai took photos of us crossing Guandao Creek

Some Thoughts about This Hike:

To be honest, I think South Mt. Dongyan trail is okay. But if you really want to go, I will recommend you to visit Menggu Waterfall (Dream Valley) 夢谷瀑布 nearby. It takes only 30 minutes from the farmhouse to South Mt. Dongyan. From the photos I see online, Menggu Waterfall is gorgeous. If you visit Menggu Waterfall, please watch out the falling rocks and the potential risk of rapid rising water. Many people have lost their lives there.
puli-2-South-Mt-Dongyan-Menggu-Waterfall-map
Menggu Waterfall is very close to South Mt. Dongyan (From Google Maps)
As to Mt. Yousheng, I probably won’t go there again, but I am more drawn to Huisun Forest Farm. Huisun Forest Farm is a huge area with so many things to see.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
There are many relaxing trails at Huisun Forest Farm.
There are also many short and easy trails for visitors to explore. It will be wonderful to take my time strolling in the woods to see what Huisun Forest Farm can offer.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
A map to show what you can do at Huisun Forest Farm.
If I visit Huisun Forest Farm, I will go to Guandao Creek again.
Puli 6 Beauties Part 2: Mt. Yousheng and Mt. South Dongyan
Guandao Creek
Moreover, there’s a bus to Huisun Forest Farm and you can book a room there, which makes life much easier. I highly recommend you visit this place if you can.

Map and Itinerary

Group Hike or Solo Hike: Group hike with LOHAS
Dates of Hike: August 8 and 9, 2020

Route map for Puli Six Beauties Part 2: Day 1 by Anusha Lee on plotaroute.com

Route map for Puli Six Beauties Part 2: Day 2 by Anusha Lee on plotaroute.com

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Note:
My GPS track may not be totally accurate and is for reference only.

Day 1: based on my hike on August 8, 2020

10:46 Arrived at the tea farmhouse near the trailhead
11:26 Took a 40-minute lunch break
12:26 Arrived at the junction to South Mt. Dongyan and Mt. Soucheng
12:32 Arrived at South Mt. Dongyan
13:55 Exited the trail and got back to our cars.
Total time: 3 hours 9 minutes, including long breaks

Day 2: based on my hike on August 9, 2020

05:41 Arrived at the trailhead
06:14 Reached Guandao Creek and prepared to cross the creek
06:30 Reached the other side of the creek
06:51 Ready for the steep hike
10:58 Had a 40-minute lunch break at 2032 Peak
12:04 Reached Mt. Yousheng peak
15:41 Back to Guandao Creek
16:33 Back to the trailhead
Total time: 10 hours 52 minutes, including long breaks

Recommended Blogs and Resources:

Chinese only:
Hiking Biji: 南東眼山 South Mt. Dongyan
Hiking Biji: 南東眼山+夢谷瀑布 South Mt. Dongyan and Menggu Waterfall
Hiking Biji: 有勝山 Mt. Yousheng
Huisun Forest Farm
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