Updated: Sep 7
Tai Tam Mound Waterfall is an easy 7km hiking trail that finishes up at one of my favourite waterfall spots in Hong Kong. The route is relatively flat with roughly 200m of incline and can be completed in 3 hours. This is a half day through-hike that begins at Wong Nai Chung Gap. Like all Hong Kong waterfall trails, the best time of year for this one is the summer months when humidity and rainfall is high.
Hike Location: Hong Kong Island, Wong Nai Chung Gap
Hike Difficulty: Easy (2/10)
Hike Length: 3 hours
Hike Distance: approx. 7km
Elevation Gain: ~250m
Disclaimer: Thanks to a regular user of Ventureon, I was recently (Sep. 2021) informed that there is 'danger' tape in place to prevent people from swimming at the waterfall. You can still access the waterfall and reaching this secluded spot is worth it anyway, however, be prepared not to swim.
This is what the start of the trail looks like. Make your way to Wong Nai Chung Gap via public transport (nearest MTR stops include Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Ocean Park). Directions for taxi driver: "Hong Kong Park View" or ask to be taken to the start of Tai Tam Reservoir Road and look out for this trailhead. Opposite is a small parking bay, easy for taxi drop-off.
Stay on the main path, aka the Wilson Trail section 1, for roughly one hour. After the initial incline of the hike there is a trail intersection, follow the sign posts to Tsin Shui Wan Au, this will lead you to the bridge in photo 5. Then take a left towards Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. Going right will take you over the Twin Peaks and down to Stanley - a nasty surprise if you've planned a non-strenuous day out.
Follow the dirt path around the reservoir, crossing multiple small streams, until you get to the dam (I'm stood on the path that takes you out to overlook the dam in photo 8).
After the dam, follow the concrete path over the bridge until it turns into a road. Walk along the road for 5 minutes and you'll come across a signpost on your right. Take the set of stairs and dirt path towards Tai Tam Road.
The trail will eventually lead to a small wooden bridge and a litter signpost. Go under it as I'm doing in photo 12 and follow the ropes down the creek until you reach the secluded waterfall. Enjoy!
See the route I took on the MAP below (green dot is the starting point) and download the KML file to see the route in Google Earth 3D. Watch my KML tutorials for downloading the map on both laptop and mobile.
Below is a screenshot from the Google Earth KML file.