This run was quite special, hese trails are deep in Wulain mountains. I run part of trail of TNF 100 and then extend more to hills. It was in March and the weather in Taiwan was colder and with raining days. Be on tops of these hills in raining and wind was great experinece, be wet and freeze.
The main purpose of thir trail was check trail part of the race TNF 100 which I run month after. I even run more deep to these hills in Wulai and all durin raining and wind on tops of mountains – I freezed lot.
Start run in 加九大橋 Jiā jiǔ dàqiáo (Red bridge) as usually (first bus No. 849 from Xindian at 5:30). It was little raining and overcast and the forest was very dark and quite scary, but still peaceful. I already know the first part to the 九嶺鞍部 Jiǔ lǐng ānbù (Nine Saddle Ridge) where is hishest point (c. 900 masl) of the race TNF 100.
Then continue down in amazing valey to the 熊空 Xióng Kōng on side of Sanxia (三峽區), where is small village with station for bus No. 807. You have to pass big river which was not easy with dry steps, and my shoes Inov8 Trailroc 245
tried tasted the water. I continued up in long ascent to the 熊空南山 (組合山) xióng kōng nánshān (zǔhé shān) 908 masl on good runnable trail.
From there kept direction to the 卡保山 kǎ bǎoshān 1582 masl, there are few crossroads with good signs. Few times was not sure about my position, but finally reach 卡保山 and then continue on the ridge to the 逐鹿山 zhúlù shān 1414 mas. The ridge was overgrown with bamboo and some bush, in good weather must me nice view from here. It was raining and windy and I really freeze there, this is exactly the momemnt when you ask you self What are you doing here man?
I survived and start descent (I run because cold, even was quite crazy trail) back to the saddle
九嶺鞍部, I miss the direct trail to there and went out down in the valey under the saddle. No far from there is another crossroad 涼亭格 liángtíng gé 695 masl and from there continued to the east.
After few kilometer of good running (here is TNF100) reached small crossroad, left as TNF100 to the Pingguang Road, right back to the Red rive valey and straight can contiune on the ridge to the 向天湖山 xiàng tiān húshān 678 masl and Red bridge. I dont know why (already many hours and kilometers on trail) but I went straigth, there is nice ridge trail, but it is overgrown and move there was no so fast.
There is amazing view from small rock close to 向天湖山 where you can see whole red river valey and mountains around (oposite side is Bá dāo ěr shān 拔刀爾山 1117 masl), I felt great in this place after all day of effort. Contiued to the Red bridge 加九大, but the trail down was very steep and crazy. Difficult day but happy.