Jialuo Hu 加羅湖 is a mountain lake found high in the mountains of northern Taiwan. Only 70km southwest of Yilan, the trail head is a three hour drive from Taipei. The hike to the lake takes about another three hours, making this an awesome weekend away from Taipei’s bright lights.
This was the second time we hiked up to the beautiful lake, so I’ll keep this post short, and get right to the newest pictures:
We did make a side trip to one of the several other lakes fund near Jialuo Hu. I’m calling this one”The Secret Lake” just because I forget its Chinese name, and it’s even hard to find on Google Earth, yet alone walking through the brush.
The trail to The Secret Lake was rugged, to say the least. We weren’t even sure we were on a trail at the beginning! We followed some sparse hiking flags on a scramble of a hike to the top of what looked like a dry waterfall. There, we found a few ropes leading down a very steep and slippery river bed to the lake. There were times we though of turning back, but as usual, we were happy when we finally found the hidden secret.
I’m sorry to say that none of the pictures I took do this lake justice. It was one of the most unique places I’ve ever been on Earth. It was silent. Absolutely… Dead… Silent. No traffic sounds… no airplane sounds… no water sounds… no animal or bird sounds… no wind sounds… Dead silent. The only experience I can compare it to is being alone in the dark in a professional recording studio… To find such a place out in nature was truly an indescribable experience.
If the photos above have you interested, you can go here to read more about Jialuo Hu.
Also have a look at Stu’s site, Hiking Taiwan.