Difficulty – 3 (out of 5) Duration – 2 days and 1 night
The Syaroko Historic Trail is a linear trek in Hsinchu County, and it can be completed in a weekend from Taipei. The route was first used by the local indigenous people as a way of getting between their settlements and then the trail was widened by the Japanese during the occupation era. During that time the Japanese built several police stations along the route, one of which we will camp out at overnight.
It is a long trail – about 23km in total, but there isn’t a great deal of climbing involved so it is suitable for anyone who is relatively fit.
We begin the hike at the village of Yoro in Hsinchu County. From there we hike in through a bamboo forest onto the main trail. After a good days hiking. we arrive at the old Japanese police outpost where we set up camp and enjoy an evening meal.
On the second day, we continue on the trail over to the village of Qingchun on the other side. On this route we will pass many more ruins of Japanese occupation settlements and no doubt spot some local wildlife. Upon arriving at Qingchun we will enjoy a meal and a hot spring before heading back to Taipei.