Explore more of Taiwan by challenging the Xiaobaiyue!
In an effort to promote national mountaineering in 1992, the Sports Committee of the Executive Yuan identified 100 distinctive or representative “suburban mountains” within the mountainous areas in the suburbs of Taiwan’s major counties and cities. These came to represent entry-level hikes for the more advanced “Bai Yue” / 百岳 or 100 Mountains of Taiwan. As a result, they were aptly named the “Xiao Bai Yue” / 小百岳 meaning the small 100 mountains of Taiwan. As would be expected, Xiao Bai Yue are mostly located in suburbs and are also not high in elevation and the peaks are mostly easy to climb.
Are you a family living in Taiwan? Are you looking for hiking ideas in Taiwan? Perhaps you’re interested in getting outdoors more often? Or maybe you’re just up for a new kind of challenge? Whatever the reason, this is a perfect list of quick, fun hikes to conquer in Taiwan and are the perfect challenge for hikers of all skill level and ages.
Located in Taipei within Yangmingshan National Park, Datunshan
大屯山 is a short hike among Chinese Silvergrass and Arrow Bamboo
Rising 1120m above sea-level Qixingshan 七星山 is Taipei’s highest mountain peak. Located less than 1 hour north of downtown Taipei. This mountain peak is visible from most of Taipei.
Located along the northern coast of Taiwan in Keelung, Dawulun Mountain
大武崙山 offers stunning ocean and mountains views with a twist of cultural heritage.
Gangziliaoshan (槓子寮山) is a fun little hike with a twist of history. Located in Keelung City in northern Taiwan, this trail is suitable for all kinds of hikers, including families!
Guanyinshan) (觀音山) is located in New Taipei City (新北市) and is relatively easy hike with stunning views of Damshui River and surrounding mountains.
Keelung Mountain (基隆山) is located in Ruifang District (瑞芳區) in New Taipei City (新北市) in northern Taiwan and offers stunning views of the area. A popular hike among all of Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳).
Hongdanshan) (紅淡山) is located in Keelung, less than 15 drive from downtown Keelung at 210m, Hongdanshan is known as “Yangmingshan of Keelung” and is one of Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳).
Daluntoushan (大崙頭山) is located in Neihu District, Taipei. With great views, lots of varying terrain, this is a great day trip less than 1 hour from the heart of the city.
Jiantanshan (劍潭山) is located in Zhongshan District (中山區) in Taipei, only about a 5 walk from Jiantan MRT Station. Enjoy stunning views across downtown Taipei.
Wufenshan (五分山) is located in Pingxi District of New Taipei City. The hike isn’t too challenging but does require hikers to have moderate levels of fitness.
Jiangziliaoshan (姜子寮山) is located in Qidu District (七堵區) in Keelung City, (基隆市). The 360 degree, unobstructed views make this, one of Taiwan’s XiaoBaiYue (小百岳) one of the best!
Xizhi Dajianshan (汐止大尖山) is located in New Taipei City (新北市) and is 460m above sea level with great views of the surrounding area, including Neihu District and Taipei 101.
Nangangshan (南港山) is located in Taipei and is very accessible from public transit. This area is very popular and offers stunning views of Taipei 101 and Xinyi District.
Tukuyue (土庫岳) is located in New Taipei City (新北市) only about 1 hour on public transit from Taipei Main Station. Follow a historic trail to the peak of one of Taiwan’s Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳).
Dadongshan (大棟山) is located in Taoyuan (桃園市) and while there are many routes up, this guide features an 11km return hike from the Shulin Train Station in New Taipei City.
Nanshijiaoshan (南勢角山) is located in New Taipei City. With an elevation of 302m, Nanshijiaoshan is a short but steep hike with a cultural flair.
Ergeshan (二格山) is located in Taipei City and is a fantastic urban mountain hike that offers nearly 360 degrees views of Taipei City and the surrounding mountain areas.
Tianshangshan (天上山) is located in New Taipei City (新北市) and is a fun hike with a variety of experience. Visit during the Tung Flower blooming season of April & May.
Yuanshan (鳶山) meaning ‘kite mountain’ is located in Sanxia District (三峽區) in New Taipei City (新北市), Yuanshan is a relatively easy hike with great views.
Shizitoushan (獅仔頭山) is located in New Taipei City (新北市). It is a hike in Taiwan with a bit of a challenging trail and some cool history & beautiful landscapes !
Jinmianshan (金面山) is located in Taoyuan and starts out smooth and relaxing amongst a bamboo forest, but gets harder with some steep rope climbs.
Located in Taoyuan, approximately 2 hours from Taipei, Dongyan (aka East Eye) Mountain is a forested hike with views of Taipei on a clear day.
Xizhoushan (溪洲山) is located near Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan This hiking area is also a very popular bird watching destination in northern Taiwan.
Shimenshan is located in Taoyuan and is a 3km, relatively easy hike up one of the few mountain overlooking Taiwan’s Shimen Reservoir. There is also a Golden T-Rex.
Shiniushan (石牛山) is located in Hsinchu County (新竹縣). At just over 4km, this is a short, but challenging hike with views over Shimen Reservoir.
Shibajianshan (十八尖山) is located in Hsinchu County (新竹市). This a short hike that is very accessible for young families and is located right in the suburbs of Hsinchu!
Feifengshan (飛鳳山) is located in Hsinchu County (新竹縣). This is a 6km looped route that traverses both the Feifengshan Trail & the Guan Ri Ping Historic Trail (觀日坪古).
Liweishan (李崠山) is Located in Jianshi Township (尖石鄉) in Hsinchu County, Liweishan is a short 1.5km out-and-back hike with a unique historical attraction.
Shitoushan (獅頭山) is commonly referred to as Lion’s Head Mountain. Located in Hsinchu County (新竹縣), this area offers easy hiking and visits to unique temples.
Wuzhishan 五指山, also known as “Five Finger Mountain”, has 5 small peaks featured on this trail. This is a challenging hike with several steep ascents & descents.
Hiking Egongjishan (鵝公髻山) ascends a well-maintained trail through a secondary forest. This transitions into a mixed forest, including a beautiful bamboo forest.
Hiking Xiantianhushan 向天湖山, #32 on the Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳), offers a steep ascent into a beautiful cedar forest. This area is rich in local aboriginal lore.
Hiking Xianshan 仙山 is listed as #33 on this list and is one of Taiwan’s harder Xiao Bai Yue (小百岳). This short hike features ropes, rock scrambles and stunning views.
Located in Miaoli, approximately 2.5 hours from Taipei and Taichung, Jialishan is a challenging forested hike with stunning views of Snow Mountain and the Holy Ridge.
Huoyanshan (火炎山) is arguably one of the most unique mountain trails in Taiwan. This 6.6km hike features stunning views and unique ecological features.
#036 – Guandaoshan
#037 – Manabongshan
#038 – Tiezhenshan
#039 – Shaolaishan
#040 – Juxingshan
#041 – Tousongshan
#042 – Nanguanyingshan
#043 – Santingshan
#044 – Anyingshan
#045 – Dahengpingshan
#046 – Agaowushan
#047 – Jiufen Ershan
#048 – Hengshan
#049 – Maolanshan
#050 – Jijidashan
#051 – Songbaikengshan
#052 – Houjianshan
#053 – Fenghuangshan
#054 – Jinganshushan
#055 – Shibishan
#056 – Yunjia Dajianshan
#057 – Lizijiao
#058 – Dulishan
#059 – Datashan
#060 – Dadongshan
#061 – Dahujianshan
#062 – Hongmaupishan
#063 – Datongshan
#064 – Kantoushan
#065 – Sanjiao Nanshan
#066 – Xialiguanshan
#067 – Zhuzijianshan
#068 – Dongtengzhishan
#069 – Baiyunshan
#070 – Wushan
#071 – Narumishan
#072 – Qiweishan
#073 – Weiliaoshan
#074 – Dagangshan
#075 – Guanyinshan (Kaohsiung) 觀音山步道
#076 – Lidingshan
#077 – Shoushan
#078 – PengJishan
#079 – Nunaishan
#080 – Lilongshan
#081 – Wanlideshan
#082 – Wanjengtoushan
#083 – Sanjiaoshan
#084 – Quezishan
#085 – Sanxingshan
#086 – Zulunshan
#087 – Liwushan
#088 – Chuyinshan
#089 – Liyushan
#090 – Yuemeishan
#091 – Baliwanshan
#092 – Wanrenshan
#093 – Dulanshan
#094 – Taimalishan
#095 – Jianameishan
#096 – Balongweishan
#097 – Hongtoushan
#098 – Yuntaishan
#099 – Taiwushan