The mountains have a different look each season, always waiting for climbers to explore them.Climate :
Summer and autumn is the typhoon season;be sure to check the weather forecast before setting out.Notice :
1.Plan your route in advance; some trails need a mountain entry permit and this should be applied for in advance
2.The body can lose heat easily in the mountains because of strong winds and low temperatures so pay attention to keeping warm.
3.Don’t ascend too quickly to avoid altitude sickness.
4.Climbing routes have different levels of difficulty; climbers must only climb route that match their ability
5.Don’t become separated from your group in the mist or drizzle. Stay with at least one other member of the party so you can look out for each other
Taitung is bordered by the Central Mountain Range, Kaohsiung and Pingdong. With many high mountains, it has a rich ecological landscape. In ancient times many trails between east and west were opened. To the north, Taitung joins the Coastal Mountain Range in Hualien. The rugged terrain makes access difficult and has allowed the original ecology to be preserved.
13Km Level of difficulty★★★★
Top sights：Jiaming Lake, Xiangyang collapse, Yushan peaks, Central Mountain Range, wild Formosan Serow.
East: Provincial Highway 9 towards Chishang Township, Taitung→turn onto Provincial Highway 20A and proceed for around 5 K→right turn onto Provincial Highway 20 (Southern Cross-island Highway)→154.5 K point Xiangyang National Forest Recreation Area→Jiaming Lake National Trail trailhead.
West: National Highway 3 Guantian system→No.84 Expressway→Yujin, join the Provincial Highway 3 and 20 joint route road→towards Beiliao, Nanhua, through Jiaxian, Baolai, Tianchi and Yakou→Xiangyang National Forest Recreation Area.
20Km Level of difficulty★★★
Special features：In the past this was a path used by the Paiwan to travel between east and west Taiwan;along the route are the remains of a number of military camps and police stations.
Eastern entrance:Provincial Highway 9→Taimali, Jinlun→Dawu→cross Dawu Bridge and turn right onto Township Road 198 and proceed to the trail head near Liluo Village.
Western entrance:Provincial Highway 1 or 17 to Shuidiliao in Fangliao Township, Pingdong→turn left onto County Road 185 and proceed for around one kilometer→turn right onto Ping 198→to the trail head at Dahan Forest Road’s 23.5 K point.
8.7Km Level of difficulty★★★★
Special features：One of the Five Great Mountains of Taiwan, highest mountain in south Taiwan,fir, Taiwan spruce, Chinese hemlock, black kite.
National Highway 1 or 3 to Pingdong→Taiwu Township after Wanluan Township→enter the mountains at Jiaping Village→reach Mt. Beidawu trail entrance.
1.16Km Level of difficulty★★★
Special features：The entire mountain was formed by the uplifting of an undersea volcano as a result of tectonic plates pushing together. The first part of the trail is mainly mountain track and the latter half zigzags up following Xingang North Creek;ropes have been fixed on some parts of the trail, which classes as a relatively difficult trail.
Transport directions： Take Provincial Highway 11 to Chenggong Township, turn onto Sanmin Road, then head for the direction of Furong Road at the junction diagonally opposite Sanmin Elementary School, then turn right onto Sanmin industrial road and you will see a sign for the trail at the fork in the road;it is about 5.4 K from Sanmin Elementary School to this point.
11.5Km Level of difficulty★★
Special features：Originally a war preparation path made by the Japanese in the colonial period, it was then turned into a timber transport road in the 1950s. Forest roads themselves are symbols of Taiwan’s logging industry.
Transport directions：Follow Provincial Highway 9 towards Jhihben, then follow the signs at Jhihben and turn onto Taitung Township Road 58 and head towards Jhihben Hot Spring Scenic Area, then turn right onto the industrial road in front of the Yawan Hotel and carry on until the sign for the entrance of the forest road is seen.
19.2Km Level of difficulty★★
Special features：This crosses through the Dabajiuliu mountain area, an important habitat for wild animals, the home of the Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Orange belly tree frog and other rare species. In the distance Taitung City and the ocean can be seen.
Transport directions：Follow Provincial Highway 9 to the northern entrance of Beinan’s Green Tunnel, turn left onto Taiping Bridge, join the industrial road and the start of Lijia Forest Road will be reached.