Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)

Attraction Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail) Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
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11:00 AM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Nangang Mountain is located at the eastern border of Taipei Basin; it is a popular mountain hiking route due to its connection to Sishou Mountains.

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Why Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail) is special ?

Elephant Mountain (象山) is the most famous of the “Four Beasts Mountains (四獸山)” of Taipei, Taiwan and the most easily accessible. Being the closest to the city not only means easy access, but it means stunning views of Taipei, especially Taipei 101.Elephant mountain is in the heart of Taipei, just a few hundred meters from Taipei 101. Paved paths and steps provide easy access from the city.


The 183m (600 ft) mountain is part of a range that stretches about 10km (6 miles) and reaches heights of 375m (1200 ft). The mountains are thickly forested, providing protection from sun and rain. Numerous small temples and shelters provide frequent opportunities to rest, enjoy a drink and snack, and learn more about local culture.


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What to explore at Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)?

Elephant Mountain, located only stone thrown away from bussing city center, represents the best spot for observing panorama of Taipei. The best time to visit Elephant Mountain is during the sunset or sunrise. In the early morning, one can observe Taipei 101 and surroundings waking up from the darkness while the birds singing. In the evening in the evening, the last sunrays turn the scenery into warm colors before disappearing behind the horizons.

Here you can see the forest, the mountains, rocky cliffs and outcrops, Buddhist temples and Daoist shrines, banana, olive and fig trees, pink cherry and plum blossom in spring, butterflies in summer, mountain streams, abandoned coal mines, mountain squirrels, geckos and other small animals, hunting eagles, bamboo forests, local people (few during weekdays, more at weekends), and a birds-eye view of Taipei 101 and the city center.

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How to get to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail)?

From Taipei 101:

From the base of Taipei 101, walk east on Xinyi Road (信義路) for two blocks until you reach MRT Xiangshan Station, only a 15 minute walk from 101 and completely worth it.

By MRT

After arriving at Xiangshan station (象山), the terminus of Red Line 2, leave from Exit 2 and continue walking alongside the edge of the park. At the end of this road, take a left and follow until the entrance for Xiangshan Hiking Trail (象山登山步道).

Youbike

The closest station is located along the street next to the park at the base of the trail.

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Selling points

  • “Steep hike, beautiful view!”
  • “Beautiful Skyline View”
  • “Picture-perfect views over the city”
  • “Beautiful and special place”
  • “One of the highlights of Taipei”
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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to bring your camera and bug repellent! I
    What to bring
  • The best time to hike the mountain is during late afternoon, this way you can catch the sunset as well as a daytime view and stunning nighttime view of the city, however the trail can get relatively crowded during the weekend.
    Timming
  • Elephant Mountain gets very crowed on weekends, especially as the sun is about to set
    Timming
  • The hiking trail is located close to the Xinyi Shopping District and Taipei 101.
    Things nearby
  • At the base of the trail and the edge of the park is a YouBike station, a public bicycle rental system that is easily rentable using an Easycard.
    Things nearby
  • The hike takes a total of around 15-20 minutes to the top, and includes lots of stairs!
    Experience
  • After around 8-10 minutes, there will be a landing area with facilities and rest rooms
    Experience
  • From Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan), you can easily continue on to Tiger Mountain and 9-5 Peak, two renowned trails in Taipei City.
    Things to do

Reviews

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I highly recommend elephant mountain. Although it is extremely steep, it is a quick ascent (about 20-30 minutes, depending on your pace) and the view you get at the top is phenomenal. Note that it is stairs the entire way up, so it may be slippery when it is rainy. There are not handrails the entire way up, only at the most steep parts. There is also not a lot of "break" area as you ascend (no flat landing to rest, except for in one section) so prepare to be a little winded. I visited Taipei 101 the same day (it was extremely rainy and cloudy out) and I enjoyed the view from elephant mountain way more - plus, I didn't have to pay 20$ to get to the top! Get off at Xiangshan station (the last station on the red train line, also known as line #2). Follow the signs for the "hiking trail" (the signs do not specifically state "elephant mountain").

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Get some exercise when you get your view. The stairs get your heart pumping as you climb up above Taipei, getting the beautiful view of Taipei. To be honest, the Taipei skyline is not too impressive unless you have Taipei 101 in your sights, and you can't see it when you're in it, can you? Make the (moderately easy) hike FOR FREE, and enjoy a view that rivals the skyscraper.

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If you don't want to pay the $15 for an elevator ride to Taipei 101 here's a free alternative. The walk is steep and (we were told and experienced it as) safe. Excellent views from the top andan exhilarating climb in both directions. The steps are stone and fairly evenly spaced but we would not recommend the hike for those who tire easily or whose medical conditions prohibit the hike. Bring water...there is none I either direction...and, no pesky hawkers. In summer sun screen and a hat are essential.

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I came here on you bike, the city's rental bicycles. The you bike had a lock which another hiker helpedme figure out how to use. Then off I was on the hiking trail!I entered the trail from end of xinyi sec 5 lane 150. There is a park next nearby where you could return the bike so you don't incur the rental costs while you hike. There were so many elderly, young and middle aged people that I was amazed by their drive to exercise at early hour to stay healthy. I didn't see a single foreigner but I did come to this trail after reading about it on tripadvisor. There are many entrances to the trail from the radius of the mountain so make sure you remember where you came from. The hike was a bit challenging but seeing all these elders that seemed to hike everyday it took me a good 20 minute to reach the top. On the way down many locals walk down backwards which I never saw overseas but perhaps not seeing the way down may be less frightening? They were faster than me though.The view was excellent and the air was refreshing.On the way down there were some fruit and vegetable vendors that were selling their own crops.Incidentally at the bottom of the hike was a temple that started itsIncense burning probably around 7 or 8 am but the smell of incense was quite strong.

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Get some exercise when you get your view. The stairs get your heart pumping as you climb up above Taipei, getting the beautiful view of Taipei. To be honest, the Taipei skyline is not too impressive unless you have Taipei 101 in your sights, and you can't see it when you're in it, can you? Make the (moderately easy) hike FOR FREE, and enjoy a view that rivals the skyscraper.

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