Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)

Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)

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  • ThatBaldDoc
    Quezon City, Philippines41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathless Hike, Breathtaking View
    Hiking to the top would take about 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the strength of your knees). But no worries! Rest stops in the form of elephant-looking benches are scattered all over the trail for the temporarily weary. All that weariness vanishes once you reach the viewpoints where the hill offers spectacular views of Taipei 101, and the city it crowns.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Joe
    Budapest, Hungary3,380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome hike views
    Elephant Mountain, located in Taipei, Taiwan, is a popular hiking destination renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. This iconic mountain is named for a rock formation resembling an elephant's head. The trail leading to the viewpoint is both challenging and rewarding, attracting locals and tourists alike. Along the way, hikers encounter steep stairs and rugged paths, making the ascent an exhilarating adventure. Upon reaching the summit, visitors are treated to a mesmerizing sight, especially during sunset when Taipei's city lights illuminate the landscape. It's a serene escape from the bustling city below, offering a unique blend of nature and urban beauty, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Roger L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard work but worthwhile
    Worthwhile visiting. Not far from Metro station and then steps up to the various levels. It's pretty hard work in the heat but quite a few resting places on the way. Some handrails to help with the journey. You get lots of nice pictures of Taipei 101. Once down it's as easy to walk to 101 rather than go back on the metro.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Ineika
    Frankfurt, Germany239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing can beats this view
    If you have time to see just one thing in Taipei the Elephant Mountain is the place to go. The views from there are really impresseive. You can walk on small trails and steps and enjoy the view from different ancles. It‘s worth to go by day or night.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Trumpboyer86
    Singapore, Singapore677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of Taipei 101
    - The walk up the trail can be quite tiring on a hot sunny day, do pace yourself. Bring water and snacks as nothing is sold within the trails. - You will need to climb up the rock for the nice pics you see on the internet.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Giulio P
    Venice, Italy5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Very pretty hiking trail, a bit tiring because the steps are very steep. You should definitely avoid going in the early afternoon because it will be very hot, the best time is probably the morning. Once you are on top there’s a nice hiking trail that takes you through a few temples. Don’t miss them because they are very beautiful!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 17, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,954 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort for glorious views of Taipei
    The short hike is accessed on a well signposted path by walking through the park from the MRT station. It is quite a stiff climb up steps as you reach the end of the park but the views are worth it. There are a couple of observation points including the summit itself. Worth going later in the day to watch the sunset and the city lights starting to glow but if going at this time, we would suggest arriving an hour or so before twilight as the decks get particularly busy later in the day. Observing the closing daylight and the city lighting up is a popular local pastime.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Patty Kanyaporn
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique perspective of Taipei
    A fantastic activity for anyone seeking a combination of exercise, scenic views, and a touch of urban adventure. The breathtaking panorama of the city under the night sky is sure to leave you mesmerized, making it a unique and memorable experience. Just remember to come prepared with proper footwear, a light source, and a sense of adventure! On the way back down, stop by for a refreshment of lime touch ice cold dessert make it a perfect resting point. Look for the red elephant sign. เดินขึ้นไปจุดชมวิวที่ Xianshan Trail เสร็จ มาพักใจด้านล่างตรงทางขึ้นแป๊บกับพ่อค้าแซ่บ ขายอายยู ขนมปังช้าง 🐘และน้ำเย็นๆ แค่ลงเนินมาก็เจอเลยจ้า หาไม่ยาก ไม่ลึกลับ ป้ายช้างสีแดง สดใส น้ำส้มโอผสมเปลือกมะนาว ขูดๆโรยลงไป ดีย์
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom547 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A steep climb rewards you with views
    Elephant Mountain is part of the hills surrounding the city. We didn't find out how it got that name. It is a very steep climb to the summit, by a series of steps of varying height and depth, fortunately under the shade of trees. I had to rest frequently on the way up (I am a reasonably fit 70-ear-old). It must have taken 30-40 minutes to ascend, and my Fitbit showed a height of 177m. There are a couple of viewpoints, the main feature of which being Taipei 101. We saw one man climbing the mountain on his hands and feet, backwards! It must be a hard slog on hot days! Refreshments are available at the top.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,870 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful to do and see...
    Went up twice in one day. Wanted to see in daylight, which was as good as hoped, and went again at sunset, which was even better as an experience. Loved it at night. The stairs up didn't take too long... 20 minutes at a steady pace with basic fitness.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 25, 2024
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Palita K
Bangkok, Thailand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It’s about 0.5 km walk up the stairs and let me tell you that the view is well worth the walk. Some people climb up the giant rock to take some pictures. There is a danger sign saying you should not climb up but...no one really cares.
Written January 9, 2020
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MartinG1984
Bratislava, Slovakia248 contributions
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Jan 2020
The mountain offers probably the best views of the Taipei 101 part of the city. There are a lot of stairs, but it is worth it. I recommed to do a loop from the Elephant park all the way to the Yongchunggang park - it should take you 90-120 minutes with all the stops.
Written January 10, 2020
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NicolaCammisa
Hong Kong, China93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went on our fist day, as rain was expected for the rest of our stay.
The walk up is very steep in some of the last sections of the climb. However, it is very doable, unless you suffer from vertigo.
Once on top, you will enjoy a great view of the city with Taipei 101 is the main focal point.
Once on top, walk around as there are a couple of decks with open view and no tourists in front of your lens.
Written January 2, 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We climbed the many steps up this mountain in the late evening and it was already dark when we reached the top. However, we were rewarded with magnificient night views of Taipei 101 and the surrounding city. The climb was tough and challenging but doable and I'm already in my mid 60s. There was quite a crowd at the top, all jostling for a good viewing spot. Known locally as Xiangshan, this place is very popular.
Written October 22, 2020
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The short hike is accessed on a well signposted path by walking through the park from the MRT station. It is quite a stiff climb up steps as you reach the end of the park but the views are worth it. There are a couple of observation points including the summit itself. Worth going later in the day to watch the sunset and the city lights starting to glow but if going at this time, we would suggest arriving an hour or so before twilight as the decks get particularly busy later in the day. Observing the closing daylight and the city lighting up is a popular local pastime.
Written November 23, 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK1,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
My partner and I did this very easy walk up the stairs while visiting Taipei 101 and other buildings/temples in Taipei. The walk is only 184m in ascent although there are lots of stairs to climb up to reach the top. My partner isn’t very fit and this only took us 25 mins so I wouldn’t be too concerned about fitness. The views you get of Taipei 101 and Taipei itself are worth it, so I’d highly recommend fitting this into your Taipei itinerary.
Written January 23, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Getting to Elephant Mountain is easy, just take the MRT Red Line to Xiangshan Station, which is the last stop, and take Exit 2. You will soon find the Elephant Mountain Trail (in Chinese, Xiang Shan means Elephant Mountain). The trail, also known as the Nangang District Hiking Trail, goes for around 1.5 kms (about 5000 feet). The mountain is 183 metres (600 feet) tall. You can get a good view of Taipei 101 from the mountain. Remember to take a drink and a snack, it is quite a strenuous walk.
Written December 1, 2020
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Elephant Mountain, located in Taipei, Taiwan, is a popular hiking destination renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. This iconic mountain is named for a rock formation resembling an elephant's head. The trail leading to the viewpoint is both challenging and rewarding, attracting locals and tourists alike. Along the way, hikers encounter steep stairs and rugged paths, making the ascent an exhilarating adventure. Upon reaching the summit, visitors are treated to a mesmerizing sight, especially during sunset when Taipei's city lights illuminate the landscape. It's a serene escape from the bustling city below, offering a unique blend of nature and urban beauty, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
Written October 2, 2023
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Miko
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited this trail with my older mother and it was perfect. The stair-filled hike was a bit challenging for her but the views were fantastic and there were multiple levels to take photos from. At the very top there may be people queueing to climb up on a large boulder which, when framed right, gives a great isolated view of you/your group and Taipei 101. I could see the trail getting very-crowded so make it in the morning if you can, which has the added benefit of cooler weather and perhaps even a sunrise.
Written April 12, 2020
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Steven S
Da'an, Taipei32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It's fairly crowded on the weekend, so you'll have to wait in line to take pictures at the nice spots. I don't care too much for pictures. Do we had a great time hiking.

You can hike around for 4 or 5 hours if you do all the trails, so bring a snack and lots of water! (There's a drinking fountain at the information desk at the entrance for refills.)

Also, there are tons of steps, so you've been warned.
Written January 7, 2020
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