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Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Hong Kong- based on Your Dog's Fitness Level!

Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Hong Kong- based on Your Dog's Fitness Level!

We have been out exploring some of our favourite hikes across Hong Kong. Not sure what your pooch can handle? We have graded the trails from a doggie fitness and ability viewpoint to help you decide. Pick from our different levels of trails that suits both you and your fur-kids!!

Monday 25th January 2021

Hiking is the best way to explore the natural beauty of Hong Kong with your furry partner. With more than half of Hong Kong designated country parks, the sky is the limit! Not only is it an excellent form of exercise for both of you, but also a great way to bond with your dog. For each district, we rounded up the most dog-friendly hikes with difficulty levels, to help guide you- go explore and enjoy!

Level 1- Apprentice:

Level 1 hikes are for doggies which are first-time hikers, young pups, elder dogs or those rehabilitating and returning to fitness after injury or surgery. These hikes tend to stay on flat ground and are an introduction to uneven and different surfaces on a gentler terrain. Time can be as short as you like, just turn back sooner if your pet needs a slow (re)introduction. If your dog is on a rehabilitation programme with our vet team, we’ll often mention these great beginner areas to exercise.

Hong Kong Island

Pik Shan Path 碧山徑

Distance: 3km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 

This easy-peasy pick is close to town and yet gives you the feel of wilderness. Pik Shan Path sits on the western side of the Peak. With its mostly flat concrete-laden path and ample shade, this hidden gem is perfect for novice doggie hikers.

New Territories - Shatin

Pineapple Dam Nature Trail 菠蘿壩自然教育徑

Distance: 1km | Time: 0.5 to 1 hour | Difficulty: 1 out of 5

If you and your dog are hunting for something with a high reward-to-effort ratio, this trail along the Shing Mun Reservoir (城門水塘) will be your best option. You can choose to finish the well-paved trail within an hour, or go longer around the loop, to appreciate the serene reservoir. Be careful of the cheeky monkeys – do not feed them and keep your puppy on a leash if you need!

New Territories - Sai Kung

Sham Chung 深涌

Distance: 3.5km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: 2 out of 5

The trail to Sham Chung starts from Yung Shue O (榕樹澳) in Sai Kung. You will be amazed by the stunning coastline when walking along the paved coastal footpath. Once you arrive in Sham Chung, you will find of the largest open grasslands in Hong Kong, a great space for you and your dog to enjoy!

Level 2 - Intermediate:

For doggies with some hiking experience that would like to build a stronger body, fitness, and conditioning. The paths can be steep so make sure your pet is able to do incline and decline walks. If your dog is in a rehabilitation programme with our vet team, we will let you know when you can add in the more challenging terrain of these hikes.

Hong Kong Island

Morning Trail 晨運徑

Distance: 2.7km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: 2.5 out of 5

Many dogs and their owners living on the Island start their day with a walk up the Morning Trail! Follow Hatton Road (at the end of Conduit Road) up to the Peak, the route is paved and easily accessible. With a definite gradient, this could be a great exercise for doggies who are ready to build up some back leg muscles.

Hong Kong Island

Brick Hill 南朗山


Distance: 3km | Time: 1.5 hour | Difficulty: 2.5 out of 5

This could be the first mountain your puppy would like to conquer – easy and fun. It’s true that you can’t take your dog to Ocean Park with you, but you can hike to the top of the hill next to the cable cars, while admiring the vibrancy of Ap Lei Chau and Deep Water Bay.

Hong Kong Island

Sir Cecil’s Ride 金都馳馬徑

Distance: 3km or 5km | Time: 1.5 to 2 hour | Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Located in the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, the full Sir Cecil’s Ride trail is around 8.5km. We prefer the shorter routes both from Mount Butler Road to Braemar Hill Shopping Center (3km) or further along to Quarry Bay (5km) for doggies to explore! With panoramic views and natural beauty, this trail also teaches you some wartime history as you peacefully stroll. Remember to take a dip your paws in the stream during summertime!

Kowloon

Eagles Nest Nature Trail 鷹巢山

Distance: 4km | Time: 2 hour | Difficulty: 3 out of 5

If you’re looking to get some exercise with your dog without over-tiring, add this trail to your list! It’s a shaded loop walk inside Lion Rock Country Park, where you can see right across Kowloon from Beacon Hill (筆架山). With various wildflowers and the rare and precious Shiuying Bamboo along the trail, this can be rewarding enrichment for both of you.

New Territories - Ma On Shan

Ngong Ping Plateau (Ma On Shan) 昂平高原

Distance: 5km | Time: 2.5 hour | Difficulty: 3.5 out of 5

You can either start from Ma On Shan Village (馬鞍山村) or Tai Shui Tseng (大水井) to get onto the Ngong Ping plateau. As one of the few plateaus in Hong Kong, you can enjoy unobstructed view of Sai Kung with people paragliding in the sky. The big grassland is a great resting point for your fur-kid to relax after hiking up to this garden in the sky.

Level 3 - Challenger:

For doggies who are fit and experienced athletes, willing to conquer vigorous mountains. Make no mistake- these hikes are next level tough! Ensure your pet does not have any health or musculoskeletal conditions and is cleared to walk stairs up and down (and a lot of them!). If your dog is in a rehabilitation programme with our vet team, we will let you know when you can add in the more challenging terrain of these hikes.

Hong Kong Island

Dragon’s Back 龍脊

Distance: 5km (loop) or 8km (to Big Wave Bay Beach) | Time: 2-3 hours | Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Probably the most popular trail in Hong Kong – giving you and your hiking pawtners stunning and outstanding views without excessive incline. However, even the short hike that loops around Dragon’s Back is over 5km. This will be an endurance challenge for both of you!  

Hong Kong Island

The Twins 孖崗山

Distance: 4.8km | Time: 3 hour | Difficulty: 4.5 out of 5

This is probably the most challenging hike on HK Island, yet super dog-friendly. You will experience the most incredible views of this city’s diversity – skyscrapers, beaches, reservoir, mountains… Your furry partner will receive a real challenge for his fitness and endurance level, while you will get the best workout on your own butt and thigh muscles!

Kowloon

Lion Rock 獅子山 

Distance: 6.9km | Time: 3.5 hour | Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Lion Rock is not only the most iconic mountain in Hong Kong, but also the symbol the hardworking core value inherited by Hong Kongers! You too will have to work hard, taking time and energy, as there are some quite steep climbs to conquer. But once you get on the Lion Rock Head, your rewarded with the skyline of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon merged together.

Lantau

Sunset Peak 大東山

Distance: 9 km | Time: 4.5 hour | Difficulty: 5 out of 5

Do you think you and your dog are ready to challenge the third highest mountain in Hong Kong? Sunset Peak hike is an epic wild climbing experience on Lantau Island with its 869 vertical meters. The golden silver grass in autumn season will give you the best sunset in Hong Kong. Don’t forget to treat yourself with Cantonese-style seafood in Mui Wo after the hike – most of the restaurants there welcome dogs!

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Before planning out your next adventure, please check out our top tips for hiking with your dog:

Special thanks 

to our excellent trail walkers and their paw friends for their exploratory paws and reviews: Nancy & 8 Tung, Amy & Barack Obama, Fiona & Sir Ralph.

For further geographical details, please click map inserts or visit wandermap.net

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