Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Elephant Mountain

If you've ever wandered around in the busy center of Taipei, feeling bored of shopping, or tired of meetings. Elephant mountain is a different experience. It's almost like Central Park in New York. You would imagine that mountains would be far from the city center, but Elephant mountain is only 5 minutes walk away from the Taipei center, the tallest building, Taipei 101.

Many tourists spend US$10 to see the view of Taipei from Taipei 101. But in fact, many of the great photos of Taipei 101 are taken from Elephant mountain. To enjoy the scenery only takes 20 minutes on the hiking path. In fact, as well as being free, the view is better than the view from Taipei 101, because you can see the whole city, including 101.

Elephant mountain is also famous for the night scenery of Taipei city – the main path is lit so you can walk up in the evening.

If you have more time, like two hours or so, there are trails that will lead you higher. From there, you can see the three rivers that flow through Taipei to the sea, and the mountains that surround the city.

The highest point of the mountains around Elephant mountain is only about 350 meters (around 1000 ft), and the main hiking trails are mostly paved and quite easy to walk on. There's no need to have super professional hiking gear. And this is a 24-hour mountain for a 24-hour city, people start hiking by three o'clock in the morning, and some lovers are still embracing each other on the big rocks after midnight.

By the way, this is one of the oldest mountain ranges around Taipei, geologically speaking, and has unique flowers, trees and plants. Big solid rocks are the special feature of the mountains.

How to get to Elephant Mountain?

From Taipei 101 it takes about 15 minutes to get to the start of the hiking path.

First, walk east along Xinyi Road for about 10 minutes to the junction of Song Ren Rd and Xinyi Road Section 5.

Keep walking in the same direction across Song Ren Rd and past NY Bagels. After about 30 seconds, you will see a sign pointing right for the hiking trail (picture and map).

Follow the sign(s) and walk through the park, or along lane 150, for five minutes. Walk past the two small temples and the basketball court and keep going. Don't take the small roads or path that go uphill inside the park, because they don't go very far.

When you get to the other end of the park, the next sign for the hiking trail is almost impossible to see. Anyway, just take the road uphill past the 30-storey Golden Global building (picture), and then past the large temple. Next to the temple you will see steep steps going up to Elephant Mountain. The first section of the trail is the most tiring, so take it easy!
 

More articles about Elephant Mountain (in Chinese)

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We also provide guided hiking tours of Elephant Mountain and the surrounding forest.

Comments

hello, is there any fee when

hello,

is there any fee when going to the Mountain? and is there nearby cheap hotels? thanks a lot :)

No, it's all free. And you

No, it's all free. And you can search for guest houses around the Xin Yi area (or maybe Song Shan area).

My family will go to Elephant

My family will go to Elephant Mountain
thank

Can I go alone as long as

Can I go alone as long as there is guide or with some stranger around to go

You can go alone. It's very

You can go alone. It's very safe there.

It's really an absolutely

It's really an absolutely must to hike up there, really fantastic.
It's safe but you should take an anti repellant otherwise you will be mosquito food.
Hotels: Good central hotel with MRT in front of Hotel is San Want, San Want Hotel Taipei
3.5 stars 172 Zhong Xiao East Road, Taipei, 106 Taiwan ‎1-800-997-9138‎ but if you want a special kick then book at AT Boutique Hotel 3 stars 3F, No 468, Sec4, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist, Taipei, 110 Taiwan ‎1-800-997-9138‎. The rooms are a little smaller but when you ask for a room with Taipei 101 view, spectacular the whole night from your bedroom window. It's just 5 min. away from 101,but far from MRT.
Peter from San Francisco

Are the walking trails lit at

Are the walking trails lit at night?

If you walk to the top of the

If you walk to the top of the Elephant mountain, the trails are lit through the night. From the entrance to the top of the elephant mountain takes only about 30 to 40 minutes.
It would be better and safer to do the 2 or 3 hours long walking in the day time.

Is it safe for me to go alone

Is it safe for me to go alone in Elephant Mountain. But I am hearing impaired. How

It's a very safe place, even

It's a very safe place, even in the late evening.

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