Maclehose Trail Section 4

After breaking camp at Shui Long Wo campsite, we continued on towards Ma On Shan Country Park on an inclining road. Views might have been spectacular, if it weren’t shrouded in fog. We climb higher in elevation as the forest closes around us and the air is thick and moist. The path becomes slightly muddy, and we walk up many steps of either root-buttressed dirt or stone.

After quite some time on steps, I eventually reached a flatter area and decided to stop for an early meal. My brother caught up soon after. The trail was becoming really foggy and we couldn’t see anything beyond the trees. We ate sandwiches of peanut butter and luncheon meat as well as bak kwa and dried mango.

After our meal, we continued on the trail, which continued a bit further past the tree line. The top of Ma On Shan was covered in fog and there were no views, but strong winds buffeted us. Feeling chilly we donned our rain/wind gear. Being unable to see the edge of the mountain, we clung to the path. Despite the lack of a view, it was enchanting to walk in such foggy conditions.

After getting to the other side, the steps bring us quickly down where the fog is much thinner. A quick walk through some flat areas and we reach Ngong Ping campsite, where there are lots of people. We stop for a toilet break at an outhouse, but without a running water source here, we keep moving.

The remainder of Section 4 is quite level and easy to walk, although with last night’s rain and a short drizzle, the terrain is wetter, muddier, and a bit more slippery on the rocky parts.

Before reaching the end of Section 4, we come across a picnic table and stop for our second meal of the day. This time, it’s bak kwa, seaweed, and salted egg chips in a tortilla wrap.

At the end of Section 4 and before the start of Section 5 is Gilwell campsite. It is not an AFCD campsite and is owned by the Boy Scouts. It is well-situated to punctuate the long distance between Ngong Ping campsite and Lead Mine Pass campsite all the way ahead in Section 7. Unfortunately, I was told by the staff at the office that only local HK organisations were allowed to book the campsites there. Bummed, we kept walking, hoping to find somewhere suitable to set up camp as there were still a few hours of daylight left.

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