Walkies: High Island Reservoir Trail

High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Our hike of the month takes you and your four-legged friend to High Island Reservoir

Stretch your legs while taking in views across Hong Kong’s biggest reservoir, High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung. The walk begins with a short detour around Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, an old Hakka village, before joining the first stage of the MacLehose Trail towards East Dam. This dam is part of the Geopark and offers stunning views over the water, famous hexagonal rock columns and even a sea cave. (You can get great photos around this area!) The hike is just under 13km and takes around four hours to complete. Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks – for both you and the dog, and stay in the shade wherever possible. February with it’s cooler temperatures is the perfect month to tackle this relatively challenging hike. Since there are no water pools on the route it’s perhaps not as ideal for dogs during the hottest of summer months.

How to get to High Island Reservoir

Dogs are not allowed on public buses so take a taxi from Sai Kung to Pak Tam Chung (around 10 minutes). If you drive, the area offers free parking but spaces fill up fast on weekends. Alternatively, if you don’t have a dog in tow, take minibus number 7, 9 or KMB bus 94 to Pak Tam Chung. 

Read more: The ultimate guide to Sai Kung’s Islands

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