Elephant Mountain (象山) is the most famous of the “Four Beasts Mountains (四獸山)” of Taipei, Taiwan and the most easily accessible. It’s the third and last article in my series about hiking the Four Beasts Mountains. Part one is on 9-5 Peak (Jiuwufeng – 九五峯), and part two is on Tiger Mountain (虎山).
Elephant Mountain is the most popular of the mountains for a good reason. Being the closest to the city not only means easy access, but it means stunning views of Taipei, especially Taipei 101.
While it is a short hike to the viewing areas, I’ll warn you that there are a lot of steps involved in getting there. If you’re fit, you can make it in 15 minutes. If you’re not, there are some places to rest with benches and nice views of their own.
The main area that people go to to relax and look at the city has a few big boulders to climb up on and chill out.
Elephant Mountain gets very crowed on weekends, especially as the sun is about to set. I’ve heard that some nights, people start to stake out the prime viewing spots as early as 4 o’clock! However, if you hike the trails at night or on a weekday, the crowds aren’t much of a problem.
Finding the trail head isn’t too difficult. It’s a mere 15 minute walk from the base of Taipei 101. Start at the base of Taipei 101, walk one block east on Xinyi Road, make a right onto Songren Road, walk about 3 blocks until you pass the high school on your right, make a left at the next corner and follow the alleyway up and around until you see the entrance. Have a look at this google map.
Here is a big photo of a map of the trails.
Below is a Google Map of the area with the trails roughly marked off. Feel free to add photos or information to it. Be sure to click “VIEW LARGER MAP” for a larger image and much, much more specific information:
This is part three of a three part series on hiking the the Four Beasts Mountain trails.
Thanks for reading!