MacLehose Trail (Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke)

Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke

‘World’s Best Hikes : 20 Dream Trails’ — National Geographic
Certificate of Excellence — TripAdvisor

Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke mapThe Sai Kung section of this long-distance trail has seen favourable mentions by international media for its enjoyable hiking as well as its impressive collection of nature’s works of art — sea caves, sea stacks, hexagonal columns and dykes. Whether you are an earth-science fanatic, professional photographer or simply here for a leisurely walk, you will marvel at the some of the world’s most magnificent geological sites and breath-taking beaches.

Starting Point — Pak Tam Chung
Pak Tam Chung

The dense vegetation marks the entrance to Sai Kung East Country Park and the 100 km MacLehose Trail. Set off from the roundabout next to the Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp — consider stocking up here at the tuck shop before venturing into East Dam.

High Island Reservoir East Dam
High Island Reservoir East Dam

Constructed in the 1970s, High Island Reservoir is an architectural wonder that blends in with the geological grandeur of nature. Stroll along the dam for panoramic views of the reservoir, rolling peaks and the peculiar dolosse cofferdam. This is also the gateway to the many geo-treasures of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

Tips from Kelvin Yuen

Tips from Kelvin Yuen - High Island Reservoir East DamOn a windless sunny day, you can capture a perfect mirror image by placing the camera close to the lake at High Island Reservoir. The clear water reflects the anchor-shaped stone located across the lake.

To ensure the reflection is captured clearly, it is recommended to opt for fast shutter speed, such as 1/100s.

*Winner of the National Geographic International Photo Contest 2015, Youth Division

Hexagonal rock columns
Hexagonal rock columns

This huge wall of reddish hexagonal rock columns is only a fraction of an area of over 100 km2 of volcanic columns — a legacy of volcanic activities 400 million years ago. Further down you will see another magnificent cliff of S-shaped rock columns formed by earthquakes and regional subsidence that generated folding forces.

Sea cave
Sea cave

A wooden boardwalk that is part of the High Island Geo Trail leads you to the opening of a large sea cave. Learn about formation of the cave on the interpretation panels.

Po Pin Chau
Po Pin Chau

A sea stack that had broken away from the mother rock can be seen easily at East Dam.

Long Ke
Long Ke

Follow the sign for Long Ke Village near the pavilion and walk along the MacLehose Trail for 25 minutes. This descent gives you a bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous scenery of the cove of Long Ke — a quiet beach with emerald waters, smooth white sand and breaking waves that will delight any beach lover.

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

Sai Kung District
Starting point:
Pak Tam Chung
End point:
High Island Reservoir East Dam
Average hiking time:
From Pak Tam Chung to East Dam: 2.5 hours
From East Dam to sea cave: 15 minutes
From East Dam to Long Ke: 0.5 hours
Pak Tam Chung to East Dam: 10 km
From East Dam to sea cave: 1 km
From East Dam to Long Ke: 1.5 km
Replenishing stations:
No replenishing stations along the way or in Long Ke. Tuck shop is available in Pak Tam Chung but the opening hours are irregular, so best to stock up in Sai Kung Town.
Moderate (Pak Tam Chung to East Dam – Long route without much shelter and no replenishment; East Dam to Long Ke – be prepared for uphill and downhill sections)
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • By bus: From MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, take bus 92 to Sai Kung Town; or,
    from Sha Tin New Town Plaza Bus Terminus, take bus 299X to Sai Kung Town.
  • By minibus: From MTR Hang Hau Station Exit B1, take green minibus 101M to Sai Kung Town.
    From Sai Kung Town, transfer to bus number 94 and alight at Pak Tam Chung.
    On Sundays and public holidays, you can take bus 96R from MTR Diamond Hill Station to Pak Tam Chung directly.

From the end point:
Return from Long Ke to East Dam from the same MacLehose trail. Call for a taxi from East Dam to Pak Tam Chung or Sai Kung Town.
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