#026: Shibajianshan (十八尖山)

Hiking in Taiwan is a remarkable experience and Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳) is a great place to start. Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue is a perfect list of 100 suburban mountain peaks suitable for hikers of all skill levels.

The Xiao Bai Yue is 100 mountain climbs oriented towards sub-urban destinations and routes suitable for novice hikers. These include beginner routes like Dawulun Mountain, novice routes like Dongyanshan National Forest and some that are more challenging, like Jialishan.

About Shibajianshan (十八尖山)

Shibajianshan (十八尖山) is listed at #026 of the Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳). Located in East District (東區) in Hsinchu County (新竹市), Shibajianshan is a short hike that is very accessible for young families. This easy hike is located right within the suburbs of Hsinchu and offers a seemingly countless number of side trails that can offer hikers a chance to get off the main trail and explore the quieter side of this area.

A wide paved path that wraps around the Shibajianshan area and connects countless side trails is a great place for families to walk.

Shibajianshan means “18 Peaks Mountain” and was opened as a forest park during the beginning of the Japanese occupation era. The actual park itself stretches for about 7 or 8 kilometers and is surrounded by the suburbs of Hsinchu City. There are actually some interesting experiences around Shibajianshan worth exploring when you’re in the area including the Gaofeng Botanical Gardens 高峰植物園.

Hiking Shibajianshan (十八尖山)

Hiking Shibajianshan is a fun and easy day out. This is a very accessible hiking trail located right in the city of Hsinchu. Reaching an elevation of only 123 meters, this is the second lowest peak in Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue.

The trail starts from the small red gazebo located directly off Bo’Ai Road. This trail is very well maintained and is primarily man-made. The first section of this hike is on a cement staircase that begins on the far side of the gazebo seen in the image below.

Come off Bo’Ai Road and begin the initial ascent into the forests surrounding Shibajianshan.

The climbing continues for around 200m with a few benches along the way for resting or enjoy the shaded trail and forest. The trail is neither steep or poorly constructed. It is an easy ascent up to the Shibajianshan Viewing Platform (十八尖山幸福亭) with views west over the plains towards the Taiwan Strait. Continue a short distance and you’ll see a second structure with a staircase up to a second viewing platform and gazebo.

The first set of stairs on this trail only last for about 200m before the trail evens out.

Take the path to the right of this second structure and follow an even path along to another Gazebo and the triangulation point for the peak of Shibajianshan. Head over to the abandoned military bunker to find the mountain sign. On the far side of this, the trail descends a short distance before you reach a trail junction. Go left towards the Plum Pavilion, a red and white elevated viewing deck. From here, hikers walk south to a trail and turn left.

This will bring hikers back to a larger paved stone pathway. Turn right and head towards the trailside washrooms that are about 200 meter down the path. Here you can follow the trail that weaves all the way down to the end of the park area. There are a seemingly endless number of side trails in the , but you’ll be staying on the main path if you follow the GPX route provided below.

There is some neat history here too. Remnants of a bygone era of occupation.

On the way down you’ll pass a few old bomb shelters put in place during and after Japanese occupation of Taiwan. You can hike this route in reverse if you’d like and this means that the descent is coming down the stairs, which some people like and some people hate. The choice is yours!

What to Bring

When hiking in Taiwan consider your capabilities before heading out. We hope this helps provide insight into the level of difficulty. When it comes to the kinds of equipment or resources one should bring when hiking this trail in Taiwan, we’ve provided a list below:

  • Water – About 1L of fresh drinking water. There are several water refill stations on trail.
  • Food – There are some services at the trailhead including vendors and some simple restaurants. Buy or bring lunch or snacks.
  • Washrooms – Available at restaurants prior to starting climb and just past the Plum Pavilion about 1.5km into this hike.
  • Sunscreen – Almost the entire trail shaded, with about 10% unshaded.
  • Camera/Phone – Reception is available along the entire trail.

How to Get to Shibajianshan (十八尖山)

Driving to Shibajianshan (十八尖山): If you are driving, you can set this as your location – HERE. Note the drive here is very easy and there are several parking options. The location provided charges roughly $30NTD/vehicle/hr.

Taking public transportation to Shibajianshan (十八尖山): Public transportation is relatively easy when getting to Shibajianshan. There are a few options for those coming from out of town.

Map & GPX File

Taiwan Hiking Trail Distance
Trail Distance: 2.7km

Taiwan Hiking Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions:
Paved path, stone steps compact soil (if you take side trails)
Hiking Trail Altitude in Taiwan
Altitude: 132 meters

Degree of Difficulty:
Easy (1/5)

Time Required: 1 hour
Trail Type: Looped

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