We went on steep, stone-stepped inclines and declines up and down the green hills. From some vantage points, you can still see inlets leading into the sea. Get ready to crest some hills, including Kai Kung Shan at 399 metres.
An ultrarunning event called the Oxfam Trailwalker was happening concurrently with our hike from 16-17 November along the same trail. The Oxfam Trailwalker had put up conspicuous bright pink signs for their event, which augmented the already decently signed Maclehose Trail with even easier-to-see directions.
We provided moral support to the runners overtaking us by shouting ‘Ka yau!’ (加油; words for cheering them on). Scenery continued to be quite fantastic as we walked up and down ridges.
On the way, you will pass Cheung Sheung campsite, which has BBQ pits and a dry toilet, but no running water. Someone did set up a drinks stall here though.
Section 3 ends at a road and public toilet. Up a steep, paved slope, 15-20 minutes on into Section 4, is Shui Long Wo campsite, where we ended our day of hiking.
Although is characterised by AFCD as a dry campsite, there is actually a source of running tap water a few minutes’ away from the campsite (down a steep sloped road).
After we set up camp and ate our dinner, I chatted with some of the other campers, who were here from China to cheer on Oxfam Trailwalkers. They cheered until about midnight as runners with headlamps click-clacked their trekking poles up the sloped road a few metres away, continuing ahead along the Maclehose Trail into the night.