Upper Yila Waterfall
Yila Waterfall is a group of waterfalls located along Highway 24 on the way to Wutai. The pictured waterfall changed significantly during 2009’s Typhoon Morakot. Before the typhoon, the waterfall was twice as tall and had a perfect swimming hole. There is also a Lower Yila Waterfall below the road. It is not accessible from the road but can be viewed from the road.
The hike –
Stairs lead away from the road but they quickly end. At the end of the stairs it becomes a 15 minute rock scramble up the creekbed. The first section requires a little agility but the overall it’s an easy hike back to the waterfall. The waterfall is located in the left branch of the creek and it’s possible that there is another waterfall up the right branch.
Since I was there the first time they have put up caution tape at the stairs. It isn’t the most spectacular waterfall and the hike is terrible so I recommend skipping it.
How to get there – Yila Waterfall is located on Hwy 24 between Sandimen and Wutai about 1 km past the giant bridge that crosses the river valley. Go past the small roadside waterfall and stop at the first big river valley. You will briefly be able to see waterfalls before you get to the creek valley. There isn’t an official parking area but there is room for cars to park at the side of the road. Stairs lead away from the road.
GPS data – N22.74072, E120.72129
Other info – You will need to go through a mountain checkpoint to travel on highway 24. The process is very informal for day trips and you will only have to show ID (passport or ARC).