Youling Waterfall is another waterfall hidden in the deepest part of Hsinchu county. It will require a short river trace and is also close to the Water Curtain Cave swimming hole upstream.
The hike – It’s an easy 40 minute hike down the river (200m elevation drop). The trail starts down an old road and later becomes a path. It splits at one point and the lesser used right fork takes you to the river where you can river trace (10 minutes) up to the base of Youling Waterfall. The left fork takes you to the top of the waterfall and continues to Water Curtain Cave. Water Curtain Cave is another waterfall although it’s actually a beautifully built dam with water spilling over and through. It’s definitely worth it to bring water shoes and spend some time at the base of the waterfall.
How to get there – It can be approached from either Hsinchu on route 60-1 (going past Taiyao and Maliguang Waterfalls) or from Hwy 7 (North Cross Island Hwy). The easier route is to take Hwy 7 from Sanxia and turn right at Baling. Yuling Waterfall is located near Fuhua Rd on the south side of the river about 7 kilometers from Baling. You can park at the school basketball court with access to bathrooms.
GPS coordinates – parking: N24.66294 E121.35496 – waterfall: N24.66566 E121.35390