**UPDATE (March 11, 2015): I discovered a “new”, easy route to The Peak from Central/Admiralty via the Central Green Trail
Time: Around 1.5-2 hours
There are many ways to hike to Victoria Peak, and the paths vary in length, steepness, roughness, popularity, etc. This has to be my favourite way to get up to the Peak, though, because:
- Less people, hike is not crowded
- Not just a paved lit path all the way – you walk through a more diverse terrain
- A great lookout point from which you can view the sea from the south of Hong Kong Island as well as Victoria Harbour to the North, and Kowloon across
*Update (31 Mar 2014): The Pinewood Battery route is my new favourite path since you go through old war relics. Starting point is the same, you just have to follow the signs to the Peak via Pinewood Battery
Don’t forget your torches! We just used the light from our iPhones, but make sure you’re fully charged. 😉
- START: At the Intersection of Kotewall Road and Conduit Road. Head up Kotewall Road towards the start of the hike by the Kotewall Road Public Toilet.
- How to get there: (1) Go up the escalators all the way to Conduit Road, and then turn right. Keep walking until you reach the intersection of Kotewall and Conduit. 1.4km; 10-15 min. (2) Take Bus 13 from any of the following points, towards the Kotewall terminus: Central (City Hall), HSBC Main Building, Queen’s Road Central, Lan Kwai Fong, D’Aguilar Street (in front of Sasa), Lyndhurst Terrace, Old Central Police Station Hollywood Road, The Centrium Arbuthnot Road, Caritas Centre Caine Road, Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum Caine Road
- If you’re coming from Central/Mid-Levels and would rather take a faster walking route to The Peak (or if you don’t want to start from the western district) you can walk up Old Peak Road that intersects with Robinson Road above the Hong Kong Zoological And Botanical Gardens.
- Hike for 10 minutes up the Morning Trail westwards, uphill
- On your first intersection, turn right then left towards the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. Signage is clear, you can’t miss it
- Walk 1.83km south. This edges around the west of the mountain/slope.Really good views of the west of Hong Kong Island.
- Intersection again. One goes on to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir – you can do this if you want to extend your hike. We decided to go straight uphill towards the peak.
- A really steep climb up to a viewing point :
- Proceeded onto the Harlech Road Fitness Trail, where you can do press ups/chin ups at this little public ‘gym’:
- Walk a little more, and voila! You’re at the Peak! Congratulations!
We decided to try “The Peak Lookout Cafe” for the first time
Absolutely beautiful restaurant, with indoor and outdoor dining areas, fantastic views, and great atmosphere. Food was really good too – Hugo got a burger (around HK$150), I got pan-fried foie gras with apple chutney and brioche toast (HK$188) and James got a salad.
Happy night trekking!