Songluohu (or Songluo Lake) is another small lake in the mountains near Yilan, Taiwan. It’s a medium difficulty hike, mostly because the trail spends a lot of time crossing slippery tree roots, rocks and muddy slopes. The 4 to 5 hour hike is well worth the effort though, as the lake itself is surrounded by small mountain peaks and is quite a unique sight.
We lead the second of our overnight hiking trips there about a week ago, so I thought I’d share the photos.
This hike can easily be done in a weekend from Taipei. We started off at 8:20 am from Xindian and, even with the heavy traffic, made it to the trail head by 11:00.
The trail is rough but easy to follow. It starts up a steep set of stairs but then flattens out for most of the 1.5 hours to the water source. After that, the trail starts to climb towards the 1,300m lake.
It was a hot and sunny day, so we were happy the trail stays in the forest for its entire length, giving shelter from the sun’s hot rays. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the lake, the sun was hidden by the usual afternoon mountains clouds. After dinner, a little rain even fell, forcing everyone to their tents for an early evening.
We awoke the next morning to the clouds being beautifully burned off the lake, revealing blue skies and reminding us why we go to all the effort to hike to these beautiful places.
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