Menghuan Waterfall (aka Shuangfeng – Two Phoenix) is the perfect end to a Sandiaoling Waterfall hike. It will take 30-40 minutes from Sandiaoling Village to walk up to the waterfall but it is the perfect hidden place to relax, eat some snacks and cool off with a swim. As an added bonus you will walk past a cool Buddhist temple.
Rating and difficulty – easy (many stairs though) – 3-4 km (estimate) – <2 hours
Accessibility – a typical slippery path
How to get there – It is accessible by car or from Sandiaoling Train Station. Cars will be able to drive to the Menghuan Temple. Others will need to take the train from Taipei to Sandiaoling Train Station (departs approximately hourly). You can also take the Pingxi Rail Line to Sandiaoling Train Station.
The hike – Hikers can go across the railway bridge (walkway available) towards the railway tunnel. Turn left and go up the 2nd set of stairs and then turn left on the road. Walk down the road for 5 minutes and a set of stairs and a map clearly mark the trailhead. Follow the stairs and trail up past an old temple (or house) with an angry dog and a beautiful pond. Continue up to a road crossing with a new pavilion. Stay on the trail until you reach the beautiful Menghuan Temple (bathrooms and car parking available). If you want you can take a break here on benches near the temple or on some weathered stone picnic tables with a great view. The waterfall is another 5 minutes down the path.
Seasonality – unknown
Other info – train fare (80 TWD for a day pass on the Pingxi Rail Line) (59 TWD/each way from Taipei Main Station to Sandiaoling)
GPS info – N25.064432 E121.827324
Other blogs – Richard Saunders’s Blog
Date visited – 5/15/2016
I forgot to save the GPS track but there are good maps along the trail.