Arguably the most iconic day hike in Taiwan, Zhuilu Old Trail allows you to experience the magnificence of Taroko National Park through bird's-eye views of Taroko Gorge. Ascend through the sub-tropical forests of Taroko, and be rewarded with stunning views of the marble canyon as you thread on a narrow path along the cliff’s edge.
Location: Taroko National Park, Hualien City
Duration: 8 hour
Zhuilu Old Trail was originally carved out by aboriginals as part of mountain path to cross between the eastern and western settlement of Taiwan. With the building of the cross-island highway, Zhuilu Old Trail has since been announced as a conservation area and requires special permits for entry.
The first kilometre of the hike consists of a continuous ascent up a rocky path in a forested area before arriving at the Badagong outpost (1.0k), a small settlement that has since been abandoned. The 1.0k – 2.5k stretch continues as a upward climb with another scenic rest stop at a bridge suspended over the Liwu river. Upon reaching the 2.5k mark, be rewarded with the stunning views of Taroko Gorge as you thread along the narrow path carved out of a cliff overlooking Taroko Gorge. The path then ends with a rest area at the 3.0k mark, before turning around to make a descent via the same trail.
Pick up from your hotel/b&b/train station in Hualien City.
Entrance of Zhuilu Old Trail [0K].
Zhuilu Old Trail [1.0k]
Zhuilu Old Trail [3.0k]
End of Zhuilu Old Trail hike
Drop off at your hotel/b&b in Hualien City.