Wanggu Waterfall is a series of small waterfalls at one of the least visited train stations on the Pingxi Rail Line. The 3rd and 4th waterfalls are not currently accessible but the 2nd (above) is very nice and offers a nice pool to swim in. They are a short walk from Wanggu Train Station and can be combined with several others waterfalls or sights on a daytrip from Taipei.
Rating and length – easy – 1+ km (30+ minutes)
Accessibility – right next to the train station
How to get there – Wanggu Waterfall can be accessed by private vehicle, Pingxi Rail Line or public bus. The best option is taking bus 795 from Muzha MRT station. It stops at all of the major scenic points in the Pingxi Valley. After taking the bus to Wanggu it is best to travel by train after that. The 2nd best option is the Pingxi Rail Line (80 TWD for a day pass) but you definitely want to get there early because the train cars are filled past capacity by 11am.
The hike – After getting off of the train turn west and walk towards the old Qinghe Bridge. The bridge is impressively tall but it was destroyed many years ago and now just the northern most part remains towering over the train tracks. Follow the paved road next to the tracks all the way until the end. There is a sign directing you up a ramp but it is unnecessary to take the ramp. At the end of the pavement follow the signs up the stairs. In addition to a side trail hikers can hike to Lingjiao or further up the hill but the waterfall is on a side trail to the left (about 5 minutes).
Seasonality – probably goes dry after a month of two of light or no rain
Other info – train fare (80 TWD for a day pass) – bus fare (15 TWD/ride I think)
GPS info – N25.034744 E121.759019
Other blogs – Richard Saunders’s Daytrip #9 photos
Date visited – 5/15/2016