I discovered this one last night, after following a random road on Google Maps marked “Central Green Trail.” I had no idea it ended at The Peak when I began it, but we just kept going up until voi-la! Barker Road, 10 minutes away from The Peak.
Distance: 3km (Actually just 2.5km but getting to The Peak from the top of the trail was another 500m)
Duration: 30-45 minutes.
Difficulty: Easy – I found this one so much easier than the other trails to the Peak, and much more convenient from Central/Admiralty as it starts by Hong Kong Park.
I would call this trail “easy” because it doesn’t have too-steep inclines unlike Old Peak Road and it didn’t feel as long as the other routes. It’s also paved the whole way up, with reasonable amount of light. I would still recommend taking a torch or at least using the one on your phone going up, though – towards the top there’s a section with no lampposts along the way.
It’s super convenient to get to – from MTR Central/Admiralty Station just walk to Hong Kong Park across The Peak Tram Lower Terminus (Garden Road) and that’s where you start. Follow the stair beside the tram tracks.
Board the Peak Tram shuttle bus No. 15C at the Central (Near Star Ferry Pier 8) Bus Terminus.
The Central Green Trail more or less follows the route of the Peak Tram line – now only used by tourists to get up to The Peak. It’s around HK$ 83 per Adult, return. But if the weather is reasonably cool and you don’t want to stand in a ridiculous queue, I suggest you walk up instead! below is a shot of one of the now-defunct midway stations.
Much of the beginning and end is just residential road, with 14 points of interest or stations marked by silver rectangular signs. I could barely read them at night but I’m sure by day it would be more interesting to check them out. I can only remember reading two, including the Peak Tram and “Camphor Tree”…
It’s not as much of a “hike” in nature, but it’s a good, quick, easy, convenient walk up to The Peak with nice views thrown in for good measure. There’s a quieter, greener part of the trail towards the end where you feel like you’re escaping the city somewhat, peering from the jungle into a glittering, high rise landscape. There were literally coconut and papaya trees along the way, from what I could see in the dark.
It’s also a refreshing change for me, since I haven’t done this one before, whereas I’ve done the one from HKU like a million times already. From the top we just took a green minibus back down to Central from under Peak Galleria.
*Edit 16 January 2017 – Love hearing back from readers, and some have said this is NOT an easy walk, but considering other hikes in Hong Kong I had to label it as such for its short length.
**A reader – Dr. Tune – has recommended to bring extra clothes and prepare to get sweaty!