In 2013 the Taiwan government spent 27M TWD (900,000USD) rebuilding an awesome trail back to one of my new favorite waterfalls. I attempted to hike back here in 2012 but the trail was completely wiped out from Typhoon Morakot. I was able to hike a fair distance up the river but I was stopped by a nice 10 meter tall waterfall. Now the trail is perfect. It goes through some lovely stands of bamboo and across two impressive suspension bridges. The signboard at the waterfall claims it to be 100 meters tall but I would be surprised if it was half that height.
Rating and length – easy – <3 kms and 1+ hour (round trip)
How to get there – About 5 kms after Maolin Village turn right at the fire station and follow the signs to Deengorge and Maolin Valley. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn right. There are 4 or 5 small parking lots next to the road. The last parking lot charges 50 TWD (cars) and 20 TWD (motorcycles). It is only an additional 1/2 km from the first parking lot.
The hike – The trail starts near the final parking lot where there is a food stand (probably grilled fatty sausages). At the trailhead there is a shelter and a nice swimming hole. There are two suspension bridges to walk over. At the end of the hike there is a very small viewing point but you can go down to the bottom of the waterfall using ropes.
Alternate route – After each of the suspension bridges there are ropes in place to access the river for those that want to river trace (be careful and bring proper equipment). After the 2nd suspension bridge there is a small bonus waterfall that can be accessed if you go down to the river (use the rope) and walk upstream 10 minutes.
Other info – You are very close to DeenGorge Guesthouse and this is one of my favorite spots to camp in Taiwan.
GPS – trailhead N22.888759 E120.677851 – waterfall N22.884710 E120.681818
Dates visited – 11/25/2012 and 11/1/2015