Dragons Back - Trail, Shek O, Hong Kong Island, Asia And Pacific

Dragons Back - Trail, Shek O, Hong Kong Island, Asia And Pacific

DESCRIPTION

There are two parts to the Dragon's Back trail. The main trail follows the contour of the hill, starting off under shade before heading out into the open. The trail is a mix of mostly easy-riding path and several stony sections, occasionally interrupted by brief rocky (usually dry) stream crossings. Fifteen-or-so minutes into this route there is a sign pointing to a steep path on the left. Riders can either choose between continuing riding along the main trail to its end or going up this steep path to the other part of the trail along the main Dragon's Back ridgeline at the top. The steep hill to the ridge will require carrying the bike but once reaching the top, there's a frequently challenging narrow path to ride with some technical descents. Not for the beginner rider, this upper section ends with a path back down to the original level trail. Continuing along the lower trail will lead to a dead end and a staircase. Either walk down to Shek O Road or double back and return along the main trail to the start.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 13, 2005]
carlog80
Weekend Warrior

actually i wanted to know where are the best deals if i was going to buy some components for my bike. Ill be staying at the ocean terminal for 4 days. It would be great if someone could reply if there is a place i could go to in kowloon tndx

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3
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3
[Sep 02, 2003]
rogue55
Weekend Warrior

A bit suprised by this trail, especially the lower contour one as its quite level with some rocks here and there, but you could almost ride the whole way without stopping!! Did the contour run a few times and the ridgeline bit once... (quite a bit of pushing and then straight back down.... steep and a bit sketchy... make sure u put your seat down. Note: Most of the contour trail is shaded which is good if u want to escape some sun :-).

Customer Service

Came from Central, rode all the way following the tram to Shakiewan, then up Chai Wan Rd, turn right into Tai Tam Rd... a bit of a climb, then left into Shek O Rd. (would like to go another way here (via Tai Tam Reservoir Rd ) but there was no cycling signs there even though its bitumen!

Similar Products Used:

None.... on HK Island..... sometimes ride to the Peak, but all road

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4
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3
[Aug 22, 2002]
Anonymous

Terrific destination for some frequently varied terrain, though riding along the upper ridgeline is really only an option for more experienced cyclists. Fantastic views from the top make the effort of carrying a bike up there worthwhile, and the outlook from the lower path is pretty fine too. The upper and lower trails are thankfully concrete-free except on the short path from the ridgeline back down to the main trail (at the Shek O end), which has recently been fixed up with some stairs but can still be ridden down. The Dragon's Back is a pretty quiet ride and hikers are few during early weekend mornings, but even then it's not a good idea to hurtle through blind bends on the sometime narrow trail.

A possible downside could be the distance getting to the Dragon's Back. It can be quite tiring to ride there - the trailhead is reached by climbing roads from Shau Kei Wan in the North or Tai Tam in the South - which might put people off frequenting the trail. Pity, because on a clear day the riding and scenery at AFCD's only HK Island cycling location is well worth experiencing!

Customer Service

If it's not wet and foggy, I start along the lower path to the signpost, carry the bike up to the ridge, ride along the top before a rest overlooking Shek O and then return along the main trail.

Similar Products Used:

None, unfortunately.

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4
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