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|Length||100 miles (161 km)|
|Trailheads||Pak Tam Chung, Tuen Mun|
|Months||September to February|
|Direction||WEBO or EABO|
Season: Autumn, Winter
Trail Association: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong
- 1 Sections
- 2 Water
- 3 Resupply
- 4 Weather and Seasonality
- 5 Noteworthy Section Hikes
- 6 Permits and Regulations
- 7 Maps
- 8 Information Resources
- 9 Getting To and From the Trail
- 10 Geographic Features
- 11 Administrative Territories
- 12 Online Communities
- 13 References
- 14 External Links
The Maclehose is divided into ten sections passing through eight country parks.
|1: Pak Tam Chung – Long Ke||10.6||*|
|2: Long Ke – Pak Tam Au||13.5||**|
|3: Pak Tam Au – Kei Ling Ha||10.2||***|
|4: Kei Ling Ha – Tate’s Cairn||12.7||***|
|5: Tate’s Cairn – Tai Po Road||10.6||**|
|6: Tai Po Road – Shing Mun||4.6||*|
|7: Shing Mun – Lead Mine Pass||6.2||**|
|8: Lead Mine Pass – Route Twisk||9.7||**|
|9: Route Twisk – Tin Fu Tsai||6.3||*|
|10: Tin Fu Tsai – Tuen Mun||15.6||*|
There are rare and unreliable opportunities to use natural streams for water. Water is readily available from the public toilets along the trail, which are unfortunately not always near campsites. A toilet symbol on a map does not necessarily indicate a place with tap water; it could be a drop toilet or a porta-potty.
1-2L carries are usually enough between water points.
Being a short 'thru hike', there is no need for resupplies. However, there are opportunities to enjoy breakfast or dinner at cha chaan teng just off the beaches (Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan) on Section 2 of the Maclehose Trail.
Weather and Seasonality
It is not ideal to hike in Hong Kong during the spring and summer months from March to August, when it’s humid, hot, often rainy, and typhoons are highly likely. September till November during autumn is when the skies are often clear and the temperature is cool. The coldest winter months of December till February can be sub-20°C even in the daytime, but overcast and cloudy skies make for less vivid scenery.
Noteworthy Section Hikes
Permits and Regulations
No permits or campsite bookings are required to hike on the Maclehose Trail. However, one is supposed to only camp on AFCD campsites.
Getting To and From the Trail
Public transport via bus is available to Pak Tam Chung. The Tuen Mun MTR station is 5 to 10 minutes' walk away from the western terminus. The trail also often passes roads or paths that allow you to exit the trail at many points.