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A Beautiful Afternoon Hike at Jinmianshan (Taipei)

It had been raining for the past 3 days since we arrived in Taipei but on our last day, we were granted a short window of dry skies. I took advantage of the good weather by going to the Jinmianshan Trail in Neihu District. As I was staying near Taipei Main station, it was easy to reach by subway (I strongly recommend downloading Google maps and following directions from there).

There are three ways up its peak (this blog served as my primary guide). One takes you to the back of the mountain by car, one is a short, steep ascent, 900 meter long and my preferred option - a long, easy hike on a forest covered trail, the longest of the route at 4.1KM. I wasn't after mileage really, I just enjoy long, easy walks.  Unfortunately, my navigation skills had failed me and so I ended up walking by the road and entering the trail from a small parking lot. There are no fees to be paid and guides required, which is a nice change from hiking in the Philippines where you need to pay for entry fees a…