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Best trails in Alishan

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Looking for a great trail near Alishan, Chiayi? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Yushan National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Alishan National Forest Recreation Area or 玉山國家公園. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Alishan ranging from 4.8 to 15.1 miles and from 8,536 to 12,752 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Alishan
Top trails (7)
#1 - Yushan
Yushan National Park
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 10 h 13 m
Peak bag the highest mountain (3,952 m / 12,966 ft.) in Taiwan, also one of the "Asian Triology", in one day. Yushan (3,952 m), located in central Taiwan, is the highest mountain in Taiwan and the fourth highest mountain on an island. Yushan is not only popular among Taiwaness hikers. Many international peak baggers also summit it together with Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia and Mount Fuji in Japan to collect the special "Asian Trilogy" experience. To summit Yushan, you will need to attain the permit from Yushan National Park first. The application can be done online which is also the preferable way to do it. The entry to the Yushan trailhead is located near the Upper DongPu parking lot by Expressway 21. It is recommended that you stay one night at DongPu Lodge, just below the Upper DongPu parking lot by expressway 21, for acclimatization before the climb. Park your car at the parking lot and it's a 2.8 km hike to get to the trailhead from there. Fortunately there is a paid shuttle service from the parking lot to the trailhead to save you the trouble during the daytime. When you pass the police station at the gate, have your permit checked by the officer or drop it in the deposit box if no one is on duty. The trailhead is located at the Tataka saddle. From the trailhead, it is a 11 km long one-way hike to the main peak of Yushan and gains almost 1,400 meters in elevation change along the way. Most of the trail is narrow and could be dangerous so please use caution while hiking. You will need to hold the cable to go up during the final push for the summit. After summitting, take the same way back to the trailhead. Please allow at least 12 hours to complete this very strenuous day hike. Hikers normally depart at 3:30AM from the Upper DongPu parking lot and return back before the night.Show more
#2 - Paiyun Lodge via Yushan Trailhead
Yushan National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#3 - Alishan Tashan Trail
Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
#4 - Tefuye Ancient Trail
Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Tefuye Ancient (Historical) Trail is known for it's ancient trees and dense woods. There are a multitude of flora and fauna living in this area especially birds. For those who enjoy bird watching, this is a good trail for you! This historical road is also apart of the Shuishan Line, a railroad used in the past for tree transporting during the Japanese Occupation.Show more
#5 - Yushan Main Trail and North Peak
Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#6 - Alishan Forest Park Loop
Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#7 - Sunset Trail
Alishan, Chiayi, Taiwan
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m