Puli 埔里: climb to Shǒu Chéng Dàshān 守城大山 2420 masl (38 km, 8.5 hours, ↕2300 m)

My girlfriend Eva is from Nantou country 南投 from Puli 埔里 and we used to go there for some hollidays or weekends. I like this country, Puli is gate to Héhuān Shān mountains 合歡山 and forest hills around are amazing.

One early morning I start run to Nin Zhiao Dien Temple 凌霄殿 on the North-East hills of Puli. You have to climb 8 km from 500 to 1400 masl on the paved road. There is water machine in the temple and it is important take enough water if you continue to depth mountains, because there is not any running water.

From temple go more up and then turn to high grass and forest. Climb to 1924 masl on mountain Guān dāo shānxī 關刀山西. There start more dense track to Guān dāo shān 關刀山 2017 masl but with amazing ridge with very good view.

Then slow move to Shǒu guānshān 守關山 which is crossroad to Shǒu chéng dàshān 守城大山 2420 masl and back down to main road Puli to Wushe 埔里往霧社 (Fenglin road). To highest peak in this is only one kilometre from this crossroad. I made decision conquer the summit 守城大山.

Oh my god, it was the longest one kilometer ever and I also had to go back. There were so much bamboo and it create very small and dark tunnel which I had to crawl on all fours limbs. The peak was hide in high grass and inside were lot of small flies.

Way back to crossroad through the thicket. Run down in forest with few typicla hunter shelters across peak Shǒu guānshān 守關山 2323 masl. Met group of very angry and loudly monkeys. After few hours reach first farms around Nánshān nánfēng 南山南峰 1160 masl. Run down on the steap road back to road back to Puli, have to run six kilometres back to the start.I spent on 32 km trail 8.5 hours, there was lot of levation in dense forest.

Direction:

road Puli to Wushe 埔里往霧社 – Nin Zhiao Dien Temple 凌霄殿 1400 masl – Guān dāo shānxī 關刀山 1924 masl – Guān dāo shān 關刀山 2017 masl – 守關山 – (Shǒu chéng dàshān 守城大山 2420 masl) – Shǒu guānshān 守關山2323 masl – Nánshān nánfēng 南山南峰 1160 masl – road Puli to Wushe 埔里往霧社 (Fenglin road)

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8 km climb on the road, 24 km in the dense trail, 6 km back on the road

This is window to my diary, should works fine on computer:

 

start from road Puli to Wushe埔里往霧社 (Fenglin road)
turn above Nin Zhiao Dien Temple 凌霄殿
old hunters shelter
Guān dāo shānxī 關刀山 1924 masl
nice ridge betweenGuān dāo shānxī 關刀山 and  Guān dāo shān 關刀山
Guān dāo shān 關刀山 2017 masl
Shǒu chéng dàshān 守城大山 2420 masl
one better tunel maden from bamboo
Shǒu chéng dàshān 守城大山 2420 masl
bcak way
守關山
Shǒu guānshān 守關山2323 masl
shoes in the middle of foest

met group of loudly monkeys
functional hunter shelter
have to run down to Fenglin road from

Puli to Wushe 埔里往霧社

first farms around Nánshān nánfēng 南山南峰 1160 masl
close to road Puli to Wushe埔里往霧社

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