Qiedong Waterfall (茄苳瀑布) is a nice multi-tier waterfall near Shenkeng, New Taipei. It is one of three nice waterfalls near Dajianshan Peak and all three and the peak can be hiked in one day. The road walk from the security checkpoint is nice low traffic walk for families with small children and the waterfall is only 20-30 meters from the road on a stone path.
How to get there – The three Dajianshan Waterfalls are easy to reach by car. Brown signs are on the main roads lead to the Dajianshan Trailhead near Xiufeng Waterfall. To get to Xiufeng Waterfall you go past the Dajianshan Trailhead at the temple and then past a picnic area until you reach the hairpin turn. The trailhead is marked with a Xiufeng Waterfall signboard and map and there is ample parking on the shoulder. To get to Dajianshan Waterfall and Qiedong Waterfall you will go back down the mountain and turn route at a security checkpoint. I had no problem walking past and I think cars are allowed if you tell them where you are going.
Mass Transit options – This hike is fairly easy with mass transit. 1-2 trains leave every hour from Taipei Main Station for Xizhi (spelled Sijhih on the TRA site). The train ride costs 27 or 35 TWD and takes <20 minutes. The F911 bus departs every hour on the hour from near the train station. It looks like you could take it to the last stop and then it is a short walk to Xiufeng Waterfall. From there you could walk or wait for the next bus down the hill to the gated security point. The walk to the waterfall from the security checkpoint is on a flat road with very little traffic and it makes for a very easy walk. It is about 1.5 km downhill from the Xiufeng Waterfall to the security point (a bus is an option) and it is about 2 km each way from the security checkpoint to Qiedong Waterfall.
The hike – The roadwalk is nice and easy from the security checkpoint. It will take about 5 minutes to get through the village. First you will come to Dajianshan Waterfall. It is in a small valley and I think there was an outhouse near the trailhead. The trail starts as a worn path but it becomes a creek walk for most of the way to the waterfall. Go back to the road and Qiedong Waterfall is in the next valley. This trailhead is quite obvious with large stone stairs up to the waterfall and a pavilion.
Extended hike – There are many routes that cross over Dajianshan Peak and also Sifenwei Peak. You can do all 3 waterfalls and both peak on a long dayhike. Check out BikeHikeTaipei’s link for more info since he has done the hike.
Dates visited – 12/4/2016