Updated: Jul 26
The view from Goose Mountain at sunset (above, below)
The Map Room needs your feedback! Here is a quick, experimental, and different kind of post. Two pictures, two maps, one destination, and the bare-bones information you need to get to a beautiful, rewarding, fun, and super easy day hike close to Hsinchu Taiwan: Goose Mountain (鵝公髻山). This is for the easiest trailhead, there is also the more challenging Donghe Trailhead and several others. If there is sufficient interest, I can add more details in subsequent posts.
There are two different maps of our hike, one recorded on the tracking app Outdoor Active (not a Map Room affiliate) and the other recorded on Gaia GPS (a map room affiliate). We would love to hear what you think about the two maps and the information they provide, how user-friendly they are, and if you'd like to see more posts like this.
Thanks a lot, from The Map Room Team!
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Our hike as featured on Outdoor Active (above)
Our hike as featured on Gaia GPS (below)
Our hike in our normal Google My Maps format (without any special description / frills)
We would love to hear what you think about the two maps and the information they provide, how user-friendly they are, and if you'd like to see more posts like this.
Skill level: Beginner
Length of hike: 2km
Time: Less than an hour
Water sources: None
Gear and provisions: Decent hiking shoes, hiking-appropriate clothes (see remarks), a bottle of water, a lighter (always!). Headlamp and snacks optional. We also found hiking poles useful, though not essential.
The Map Room recommends Fenix headlamps, and personally uses the 1600 lumen Fenix HM70R Headlamp - (Amazon affiliate link*)
Sun protection: Not generally necessary on this well-shaded, forested hike.
Family friendly: Yes.
Dog friendly: Yes.
Camping /overnighting options: Not really necessary, though maybe you could squeeze in a tent at the peak.
GPX file. NOTE, this is a rough, unedited track for this experimental post. It will definitely get you there, up, and back, no problem, though!
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Clothes: Regardless of the hike, it ALWAYS pays off to have appropriate hiking clothes! These should be clothes you don't mind getting dirty and/or messed up. Pants, shirts, socks, and underwear should all be quick wicking to get sweat off of your skin and quick drying to get it off of your clothes. For these reasons, you should NEVER wear cotton hiking! Sports pants and a sports shirt are a good place to start, but hiking pants have many advantages. A bandanna, headband, or other light cloth for wiping sweat is also advisable.
All information on this page is intended for reference only. Preparing adequate food, water, and gear for your adventure, as well as following local rules and laws are, of course, your own responsibility! Always make sure that you check the weather for outdoor destinations, be careful and sensible for enclosed spaces like tunnels and bunkers, and bring a lighter - you never know when it could save your life! Now... get out there and have an amazing time!
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