Bi Jia ridge 筆架山 loop

Two options of start:

  • from Shiding 石碇
    • by Car – park around river in Shiding, during weekend may be difficult find parking space near town
    • by bus 666 from Muzha MRT 捷運木柵站
  • from 莊靜寺 Zhuan Jing temple
    • by car via Beiyi Road from Xindia

Why do this loop

  • very useful for who will race Ultra Maokong 50km
  • Bi Jia ridge is very interesting direction
  • course is relatively difficult in hot weather (prepare enough liquid)
  • you may try push more and do FKT of Bi Jia ridge
    • 5.4km / 585m ~周青 1:09:33 (during UM50 race)
  • after finish Bi Jia ridge FKT you may extend to Er GeShan 二格山

What is interesting

  • Bi Jia ridge 筆架山
  • Er Ge Shan 二格山 (recommend extend main loop up to view)
  • Shijie Goat Cave 石碇山羊洞登
  • Shiding 石碇 – tourist place with good option for snack
    • 豆腐花 Dòufu huā Tofu pudding- 王氏豆腐
    • Vegetarian deserts – just boost opposite side of pudding store (usually monk selling there)
    • Soybean milk home made – middle of street, selling in PET bottles
    • many others restaurants
    • Simple Mart, or High-Life close to bus station (

General recommendation

Trail running or hiking in Taiwan is more challenging and danger than in others countries. But with preparation and enough equipment may be fun. Please study well location where you plan to go and prepare gps device or two (we use smartphone with app which can download all Taiwan map offline 300Mb or Locus free which can also display your gpx course and way points. I also often upload course also to GPS watch, eg. Coros APEX)

Go alone has higher risk. If you decide go alone be double careful and inform your wife/friend where you are planning to go. Take enough food and water. You may use filter in some stream, but do not drink water from stream directly, especially under 2000 of altitude. Equip your self with phone, jacket, buff, gloves, etc. I can recommend take light jacket for any trip and waterproof jacket in winter season. Good trail shoes are must.

You usually no need worry about animals, include snakes. Wild 🐕 dogs may bark but they usually fine, house dogs 🐩 may be more aggressive. 🐒 🐗
Have fun out there!

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