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Featured Map #1: Galahe / Qrahu Hot Spring Waterfall, Sileng Hot Spring Waterfall, Tieshan Waterfall

Updated: Apr 27


Featured Map #1: Galahe / Qrahu Hot Spring Waterfall, Sileng Hot Spring Waterfall, Tieshan Waterfall


 

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This is the first post in an occasional Map Room Explorers series on Featured Maps: Just the basics that you need to go exploring, no frills.


Map for 地圖有: Galahe Waterfall Hot Spring 嘎拉賀温泉瀑布 Sileng Waterfall Hot Spring 四棱溫泉瀑布 Tieshan Waterfall 鐵珊瀑布 Sanguang RIver area 三光溪附近

IMPORTANT NOTE: The aboriginal trail up to the road, downstream from Jiaolong Waterfall, is challenging and difficult to follow. Do not attempt it if you do not have good trail finding skills, are not in good shape, or are not well prepared.

Sileng Hot Spring is a hot spring waterfall falling right into the Sanguang River. It has a beautiful, natural swimming area and several wonderful campsites that are sure to get your outdoor adventure in Taiwan started! Galahe / Qrahu Hot Spring is an amazing, beautiful, and easily accessible hot spring in Taiwan's Sanguang River area. Tieshan Waterfall is a beautiful, tall water fall, but is difficult to get to. The hike is somewhat strenuous, but the route is extremely easy to get lost on, so make sure you are well oriented and have very good trail finding skills if you follow this route! There are also challenging river tracing and rappelling opportunities in the area. The river tracing options in this route require you to be in shape, have good trail finding skills, be an able swimmer, and be able to maintain safety in the outdoors. Do not attempt them if you are unsure of yourself.


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GPX file: Tieshan Waterfall up to School - The Map Room 鐵珊瀑布上往國小.gpx

Tieshan Waterfall up to School - The Map Room 鐵珊瀑布上往國小
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GPX file: Dahan Bridge up Sanguang to aboriginal trail - The Map Room 大漢橋往上溯到原住民出口 - 地圖寶庫.gpx

Dahan Bridge up Sanguang to aboriginal trail - The Map Room 大漢橋往上溯到原住民出口 - 地圖寶庫
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GPX file: Sileng main campsite to dam campsite - The Map Room 四棱大營地-廢墟水壩營地-地圖寶庫.gpx

Sileng main campsite to dam campsite - The Map Room 四棱大營地-廢墟水壩營地-地圖寶庫
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GPX file: Sileng Hot Spring past Jiaolong Waterfall - The Map Room 四棱溫泉-蛟龍瀑布-地圖寶庫.gpx

Sileng Hot Spring past Jiaolong Waterfall - The Map Room 四棱溫泉-蛟龍瀑布-地圖寶庫
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GPX file: Galahe Qrahu Hot Spring Waterfall upstream to trailhead - The Map Room 嘎拉賀温泉瀑布往上溯到登山 - 地圖寶庫.gpx

Galahe Qrahu Hot Spring Waterfall upstream to trailhead - The Map Room 嘎拉賀温泉瀑布往上溯到登山 - 地圖寶
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River tracing gear and provisions (for basic not requiring rappelling and rock climbing skills and gear):

  • Clothes: Should be ok for swimming and getting dirty/torn, protect from scrapes. Quick drying, non-cotton, close fitting. UV reflective for hot traces, wetsuit for colder traces.

  • Boots: Neoprene or other river tracing specific boots (not shoes, NOT rubber or fishing boots!) to prevent blisters. High tops to keep stones out, soles to provide good grip and prevent slipping. I prefer felt soles for extra padding, especially after prior injuries. Some prefer alternatives which prevent organisms from being transferred between various streams and rivers.

  • Helmet: Designed for rock climbing.

  • Backpack: Waterproof. IPX 8 rating (protected when immersed in water over 1 meter / 3 feet) recommended.

  • Rope: Non-climbing rated, floating rope (that does not absorb water and get heavy) with knots is helpful, but NOT for doing serious climbs. Use ONLY for pulling weaker swimmers through more challenging stretches of water, and perhaps helping with scrambles up short sections of difficult terrain. For advanced climbing or rappelling, get advanced climbing rope, gear, and training!

  • Life jacket: If you are not a strong and confident swimmer.

  • Phone case: IPX 8 rating (protected when immersed in water over 1 meter / 3 feet) recommended.

  • Water filter or other water treatment options.

  • Waterproof headlamp or flashlight. IPX 8 rating (protected when immersed in water over 1 meter / 3 feet) recommended.



The Map Room recommends Fenix headlamps for high-quality, durable headlamps for hiking and river tracing (Amazon affiliate link*).

  • Lighter (always!)

  • Optional gear: A bandanna, headband, or other light cloth for wiping sweat is also often useful when you are not fully immersed in water.

Drinking water:

Choose water from a fast moving, clean source. This kills certain parasites, like giardia. Check upstream for polluting factors (dead animals, droppings, etc). Look for signs of pollution (vehicle tracks, lots of footprints). It's best to filter, and possibly either boil or otherwise treat it as well.




Important river tracing safety notes:

  • Strength and water levels of rivers change with rain, seasons, and other factors.

  • ALWAYS check the weather in advance of a river trace. If there is rain upstream, it is not advisable to go, due to the risk of flash floods.

  • If it has rained recently, rockslides are more likely. If the sun then comes out and evaporates recent rain, they are more likely still. Wear a helmet, and be sensible!

  • Stopping to rest in rockfall areas, under rock overhangs, or near sheer cliffs is not advisable due to the risk of rockfalls. Look for a wider, open area with less steep rock walls.

So now you're ready to go! Get out there, enjoy nature, be active, and have an amazing time!

 

Loved this article? Make sure to check out TMR's growing collection of river tracing articles!


Got questions or comments? Can you think of something we missed? Join in the discussion and leave a comment below. At the end of the day, we're just outdoors enthusiasts like you, and we'd love to hear from you!

 

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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