Enjoying hot springs after a mountain hike is an emerging tradition at Guguan.
For a safe and enjoyable hike, understand the trail you are attempting and prepare adequately.
The Shaolai Trail is located on a large hill north of the Guguan Museum (Guguan Visitor Center). The trail is separated from the Visitor Center by the Dajia River, which is spanned by the Shaolai Suspension Bridge and the Guguan Suspension Bridge. The name “Shaolai” is a transliteration of the name of a local Atayal tribe leader. The trail features wooden ladders and stone steps along its length, making it a hike suitable for most everyone. As it follows the natural terrain of the hill, the trail features sections of relatively steep ascents and descents. When hiking, it is important to pay attention to your breathing and find a good walking rhythm, this will help your body to slowly adapt to the height of the stairs.
Bracketing the trail at various points are towering Taiwan White Pines, Taiwan Red Pines and other evergreens that offer cover and shade. Vegetation is thick, but through the foliage you can occasionally spot mountains rising in the distance, or come upon vistas of the Dajia Valley and Guguan hot spring area below. In spring, the Shaolai trail is festooned with cherry blossoms; in fall it’s ablaze in red maple leaves. Along your hike, you might also be accompanied the region’s many butterflies and birds. The trail has something to offer throughout the year.
Finishing your hike, the Guguan Hot Spring Park awaits. Here visitors soak their feet in hot spring pools swimming with small fish. The nearby Guguan Museum (Guguan Visitor Center) has tourist information, as well as abundant literature on the area’s wildlife and ecosystems. This information can be a valuable resource, offering hikers a greater understanding of the amazing sights and sounds waiting for them on the Shaolai Trail.
Before setting off on your hike, please ensure you are wearing suitable clothing and have the necessary accessories.
Check the following list to ensure that you’re 100% prepared:
How are you? Almost there!
Greeting your fellow hikers and keeping the environment as you found it are considered basic courtesies on the trail.
Take your trash with you
Take only pictures,
leave only footprints
never feed or disturb them
Respect your fellow hikers and keep trails clean and safe
Follow the established trails and refrain from taking shortcuts
Be careful with fire
Wear suitable clothing and carry the necessary equipment
Pay attention to your body and breathing
After your hike, relax and reinvigorate with a hot spring bath. Here’s how to make your visit enjoyable for yourself and others:
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