Cliff and rivers
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.
Chiaming Lake National Trail
- Length 13Km
- Level of difficulty ★★★★☆
- Altitude 2650-3603 meters
- Top sights Jiaming Lake, Xiangyang collapse, Yushan peaks, Central Mountain Range, wild Formosan Serow.
Malaolou Hiking Trail
- Length 1.16Km
- Level of difficulty ★★★☆☆
- Altitude 380-540 meters
- 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.
Lijia Industry Road
- Length 19.2Km
- Level of difficulty ★★☆☆☆
- Altitude 50-1500 meters
- Top sights 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.
- Plan your route in advance; some trails need a mountain entry permit and this should be applied for in advance
- The body can lose heat easily in the mountains because of strong winds and low temperatures so pay attention to keeping warm.
- Don’t ascend too quickly to avoid altitude sickness.
- Climbing routes have different levels of difficulty; climbers must only climb route that match their ability
- 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