Wangyangshan

Wangyangshan is a fairly short hike and can be combined with a hike to Cuifong Lake at Taipingshan. It isn’t very far nor very hard but it is mostly all stairs up to the top. I prefer Taiwan Beech Trail but this is decent short hike. Taipingshan is over 1500 meters of elevation so it is pleasant during the summer and can be quite cool closer to winter.

Rating and length – easy (take breaks) – 2km (1 hour) round trip

Accessibility – located at the main parking lot at Cuifong Lake at Taipingshan

How to get there – there is really only one road to Taipingshan and you can’t turn off of it. It will take about 2 hours to go all the way up to Taipingshan Villa from Yilan. You will need to fill out a permit (apply day of) at a checkpoint near Taipingshan Villa before driving back to Cuifong Lake. There are several parking areas near Cuifong Lake. You can park at any of these spots and do the hikes in this area.

The hike – There are two trailheads for this trail. You can hike about 100 meters towards the Cuifong Viewpoint and then turn right onto the Wangyangshan Trail or you can find the other trailhead near the other parking lots at Cuifong Lake. Don’t worry about where to park your car since neither of the trailheads are that far apart.

Entrance cost – 200/person on weekends and 100/car (discounts for children/seniors/weekdays)

GPS data – N24.511079 E121.616340

Park website – Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area

Date visited – 4/3/2016

Other nearby places – Cuifong Lake – Taiwan Beech Trail – Chinese Hemlock Trail – Jiancing Trail – Maosing Trail and Sandie Waterfall (both closed – 2016)