Yuntan Waterfall (雲潭瀑布)

Yuntan WaterFall

Yuntan Waterfall

Yuntan Waterfall is a large two tiered waterfall near the possibly permanently closed Alishan Railway near Ruili.  Overall there are about 10 waterfalls and a lot of great hiking trails in the area.  You can stop at the nearby Yuantan Visitor Center for a good guide map (English).

The hike:  The hike is short but it’s also all downhill through a bamboo forest.  There is a well built pavilion to rest at or avoid a rain shower near the falls.  The trail to the lower falls leaves from the pavilion but was closed when I visited (05/2012).

How to get there:  Take the 3 freeway to the Zhuqi Interchange and turn east on highway 166.  It will take less than another hour to get to Yuntan Waterfall (1/2 km before Yuantan Ecological Park).  Highway 166 is a twisty road that winds up the mountain.  It makes for an excellent scenic drive even if you don’t visit the waterfalls.

GPS info: parking N23.53173 E120.65586 – waterfall N2353326 E120.65560

Other info: free – bathrooms – some snacks and drinks, possibly Taiwanese meals

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