Zhuilu Old Trail

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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,904 contributions
Worth the trip
Aug 2020
Zhuiliu Old Trail takes around four hours to complete. It's not spectacular, but you do get some nice views. Take some water and some snacks, you will need to take a few breaks, it can be tiring. You will likely see some monkeys and other wildlife.Don't feed the animals, they can get aggressive. You will need some sturdy footwear, the ground can be quite rough. By the way, you need to apply for a permit online before you begin. The permit is free.
Written September 14, 2020
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Blurer
Hamburg, Germany412 contributions
Zhuilu Old Trail - Not as good as expected
Dec 2019
I registered on their website about 8 hours after registration process was released for our tour date. That was already to late, so we only made it to number 8 on the waiting list.
Several groups canceled their hike, so we got our confirmation just two day before the tour date we applied for.
Actually you have to submit a emergency contact within taiwan, but I just gave them the name and phone number of my family abroad, which wasn't a problem at all.
We stayed in the Taroko Village Hotel, which isn't far from the entrance of this tour. We paid for the shuttle, which was just 200 TWD. For this amount they drove us to the entrance at a specific time and picked us up after we finished the tour and gave them a call. We had our own car, but only about 5 cars can be parked at the entrace.
You have to start the tour between 7am and 10am, otherwise they will not let you cross the first bridge.
We paid 200 TWD/each for the entrance fee.
After crossing the first bridge your have to climb up many steps. All local people wear serious mountain gear, we just had sneakers with us. Finished the tour after 4 hours. Saw some monkeys and bird on the way.
Taiwanese groups made many photo stops on the way, even on the windy part up on the cliff where signs advice you to move fast and don't stop.
After finishing the tour you have to give your name to the guy at the exit, so they can be sure nobody is missing on the trail.
From my personal view, this hike wasn't really spectacular but I already hiked many mountain paths in my life. Only the last few hundred meters have a nice view and aren't suitable for people with acrophobia as there is often no barrier which prevent you from falling down the cliff.

Taroko Gorge wasn't as beautiful as expected. If you don't get a permission to hike, you can only drive the narrow road by car/motorbike, which often let you stuck in traffic. Parking lots are rare. So don't expect to much if you come here.
Written January 7, 2020
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Eric J
San Francisco, CA418 contributions
Spectacular Skywalk
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a fabulous short hike with spectacular view of the gorges
It is only 3.1 kilometers one way for this out and back trail
You need to apply for the permit in advance though
The initial steep inclines will reward you with views you haven’t seen before, maybe you have
Anyway, it is quite excellent
Written January 1, 2020
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Mark M
Chicago, IL27 contributions
Getting the permit was worth it
Nov 2019 • Solo
Solo hiked the Old Zhuilu trail. You only need to apply for one park permit from the website (which is free) and wait for it to get approved. Print it out and bring your passport with you on your hike. Hike wasn’t too bad, as long as you’re quite the active type. The hike itself was nothing spectacular but the views up top the cliff post was amazing. It’s also not as scary as you see on videos and it was worth it. Hiked for about 4 hours (ascent and descent). Bring some water and snacks with you. Plenty of space to eat at the end of the trail.
Written December 2, 2019
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TravellerMan72
Oslo, Norway1,379 contributions
Great hike with good views
Nov 2019
We have enjoyed our Hike and walked on the bridge. The views are breathtaking.

Walking on the suspension bridge is an experience not to be missed and must has to be a part of the national park visit.
Written November 24, 2019
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David H
Union City, CA8,033 contributions
An old trail which needs to make a reservation
Aug 2019 • Friends
Just about the other side of the bus stop of swallow grotto (Yanzhikou), the entrance is by the edge but you need to go to the booth to check in. Actually, you need to make a reservation prior to your visit and pay some fee. We did not know nor plan (insufficient time) to visit, we got there around 4 pm and the booth is already closed. There are two upper and lower suspension bridges crossing two mountains. It looks good and I probably will visit in the future ( plan and make a reservation ahead of my trip).
Written October 8, 2019
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Matthew B
Manchester, UK11 contributions
Fantastic Hike and Excellent Views
Sep 2019
Really enjoyed this hike - even though only the first 3.1km is open

I sorted out the pass 2 days before for a Wednesday ascent - the site is very easy to follow and you can track the application by e-mail. I inadvertently didn't put a local contact (I put a UK number as my contact) but wasn't questioned and permit was issued via e-mail.

I used the Ibon machine at 7-11 to print it - just e-mail your pdf to ibon@ibon.com.tw and you can go print it super easily.

Hike itself is reasonably easy - took a lot less time than was stated which may be due to it being cut down to 3.1km. The first 2km are a pretty savage climb - steep stairs / inclines in a humid jungle, but just keep plodding and it's very manageable. It then becomes nice and easy towards the end as you get up to the good views and it levels out. There's markers every 0.1/0.2km so you can pace yourself pretty well.

Would highly recommend this - I hiked a lot of the pleasure trails in Taroko in the afternoon (was down from Zhuilu by 10:45) but they were nowhere near as spectacular!

I did it solo but even with the limited permits there's plenty of groups and individuals and you could easily find someone to walk with if you were nervous about being alone with the cliffs and the wildlife...
Written October 1, 2019
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Worldofg
Brisbane54 contributions
Great View of the Gorge
Sep 2019
There are great views of waterfalls, plunging cliff faces in the background from the bridge, very safe and does not bounce much
Written October 1, 2019
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Takuto
Miyakonojo, Japan3 contributions
I can't forget this tour!!
Sep 2019 • Couples
最高のツアーです!
ガイドさんが非常に明るく、うまく英語が話せなくても優しく丁寧にガイドしてくれました。
片道2時間半かけて3kmの山道をハイクし、想像を絶する景色を見ることができます!

The best tour!!
Nice guide, stealling view.

You climb 3km mountain path over two and a half hours and see a spectacular view.
Written September 18, 2019
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green_gecko917
21 contributions
Exceptional views. Not as hard as some people say.
Jun 2019 • Couples
We booked the permits about 12 days in advance and there were still plenty left for the weekdays (none left for the weekend or Monday).

We wanted to get there before the humidity and crowds, so we took an early train to Xincheng from Hualien, and then the tour bus that stops right in front of the train station at 7am.

There was a group at the entrance with helmets and hiking poles and we were wondering if we were ill-prepared. Then we saw a girl wearing stylish flats and hoop earrings... We were joking to each other about how some people didn't get the memo that this is a hike, but we were eating our words when she was faster than both of us (except for having to wait for her boyfriend to catch up).

From reading all the previous reviews, we were expecting this would take a long time, be very scary, and that we would regret not renting hiking poles. It took us less than 3 hours and we never felt unsafe on the stretch where you can look straight down into the canyon. It was definitely wide enough for us. It also wasn't particularly strenuous except that there are a lot of stairs in the first hour.

We are in our late twenties / early thirties and enjoy hiking/walking a lot, but we are not in any exceptional shape (no going to the gym or running etc).

And of course, the best part: Spectacular views at the top!!
Written August 20, 2019
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