If you're looking for a challenging hike but don't have the entire day, this is it.
Difficulty Rating: 6/10 (while most of the hike is quite relaxed, the path isn't completely paved and you have to navigate the rocks while going uphill. There is also a section where there is a rope available to pull yourself up which is quite fun!)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cell Service: 5/5
Instagrammability: 2/5 (the view from the top is 360 degrees and quite nice, however, there aren't many scenic stops on the way)
The image on the left is the first viewpoint which overlooks the gorgeous Sai Kung including the boats parked at Hebe Haven, Trio Beach and more. The highest point at 432 meters is not too far away from the first viewpoint.
How to Get There:
Wherever the path is uphill and challenging, locals have tied ropes to the trees which you can grab to climb the hill
As we came from Kowloon, we took the train to Choi Hung. As you come out of the walkway at exit C2, there will be a minibus stop behind you. Take the green minibus 1A or 11 from there (image 1).
With the help of Google Maps, get off at Pik Uk bus stop and cross Clearwater Bay Road towards the hill with the petrol pump and Marketplace (image 2). Climb that hill until the very end of that road.
Once you reach the end of the road, you will sort of see a dead end. Take a left from the white and red house (image 3) and walk through that alley (image 4). The trail will begin from there.
In the beginning, follow the steps that will lead you through a Chinese cemetery. The path is simple in the beginning but the trees get denser as the trail gets steeper once you get past the cemetery.
Once you've reached the summit, keep following the trail ahead which will descend into Tseung Kwan O.
Overall, it is a short hike but feels like a satisfying workout. Once you're done, you'll see a bus stop from which you can catch a bus to several different MTR stations or even to Stanley for a quick bite/drink.