Updated: Jun 28
Taiwan's Beigang River: Huisun Hot Springs - in a cave!
River trace through a deep canyon gorge in Taiwan to a one-of-a-kind hot spring in a cliffside cave!
All recommendations, times, and other information are for average conditions with average water levels. Please also see important safety notes for river tracing (below).
Length of trace:
Roughly 21 km there and back.
3.5 - 4.5 hours one way, depending on the fitness and swimming abilities of the group.
It's one big water source the whole way! Of course, it's better to take from a side stream (there are many), given that many people trace through here all the time. There is a great waterfall water source at the first camp site, for example. See also notes on water (below).
Bring enough for a full day hike, or overnight if you plan to camp over.
Gear and provisions:
River tracing-appropriate shoes and clothes (see remarks), helmets, waterproof backpack, life jackets for anyone who is not a strong swimmer, water filter or other treatment options (see below), a waterproof headlamp or flashlight, a lighter (always!). A basic rope may also be useful, but our group did not find it highly necessary on either visit. There is one place where it is very helpful, but there is currently a rope and innertube in place there. Details below.
Yes for teenagers 13 or older. Families who regularly do outdoor activities like hiking and river tracing together could try with children as young as 8, though they may find this strenuous. This will likely be strenuous for adults or teens in less than good physical condition. Good swimming skills, and possibly life jackets, will be essential. Use your best judgement.
Possibly, for larger, fit dogs with outdoor experience. You will need to lift them with harnesses at points. Use your best judgement.
The parking area at the trailhead. We were charged 元200 (roughly $6.60 USD) per person to enter the park in this vehicle.
Rockfalls and dangerous creatures are common all over Taiwan. If you're used to being outdoors here, you shouldn't have much new to worry about!
GPX file and QR code 1 of 3 - Trailhead to front campsite 惠蓀溫泉一：登山口-前面營地:
GPX file and QR code 2 of 3 - Campground-hot spring & back 惠蓀溫泉二：前面營地-溫泉縱走:
GPX file and QR code 3 of 3 - Front campground - exit 惠蓀溫泉三：前面營地-登山口:
The view of the valley as you hike in. After leaving Huisun Hot Spring (惠蓀溫泉) trailhead, hike about 20 minutes over a hill along the small road from the trailhead. Go through the gate when you see these signs...
...then pass through the gate and look for the bridge.
We took things at a nice, relaxing pace, but the trace could be done much faster (see above).
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