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Off the Beaten Track: Taichung’s unsung heroes: Dongmao and Baimao mountains

A hot-water dip is tempting after a long day climbing the Seven Heroes, magnificent mountains that loom above Guguan hot springs in Taichung City

By Richard Saunders  /  Contributing reporter

Allow five to six hours for the return hike.

Directly opposite Dongmao Mountain looms Baimao Mountain (白毛山; 1,522m), a more arduous but equally fine hike with expansive views from the peak. The trailhead is Maanba Dam (馬鞍霸), right beside Provincial Highway No. 8, a kilometer or so west of Guguan Monastery. Public vehicles can’t use the narrow road that crosses the dam, but it’s doable by scooter, which cuts off the first few kilometers of the hike. Turn right at the end of the dam and follow the road on the far side downstream beside the Dajia River (大甲溪), keeping to the dusty road on the left, uphill, to the trailhead at the end of the road.

It’s a long and steep climb, much of it through forest and just before the peak there’s a riveting short stretch along a short knife-edge ridge, giving incredible views in both directions in clear weather.

Allow six to seven hours for the 14km-long round trip.

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