Arguably the most iconic day hike in Taiwan, Zhuilu Old Trail allows you to experience the magnificence of Taroko National Park through a bird's-eye views of Taroko Gorge.
Zhuilu Old Trail was originally carved out by aboriginals as part of mountain path to cross between the eastern and western settlement of Taiwan. With the building of the cross-island highway, Zhuilu Old Trail has since been announced as a conservation area and requires special permits for entry.
The first section of the hike consists of a continuous ascent up a rocky path in a sub-tropical forest before arriving at the Badagong outpost: a abandoned settlement once occupied by the Japanese troops. The next stretch continues as a upward climb with another scenic rest stop at a suspension bridge overlooking the Liwu river. Upon reaching the highest point, be rewarded with the stunning views of Taroko Gorge as you thread along the narrow path carved out of a cliff overlooking Taroko Gorge. Following that, we will rest and have lunch before turning around to make a descent via the same trail.
• Zhuilu Old Trail, Taroko Gorge Taiwan