Wulai 烏來

Wulai 烏來

After weeks of rain and cold weather, the sun finally came out these last 3 days. We took advantage of the warmer weather to visit the Wulai 烏來 area, which is known for its hot springs, waterfalls, and aborigines.

We decided to go to NeiDong 內洞 National Forest with our packed breakfast to enjoy the waterfall. Entry fee is 65NT ($2.30), and 10NT ($0.36) for seniors.
There are 2 ways to get to the waterfall. The shorter, flat, and paved portion (blue) is only 1km (0.62 miles), and the longer, steeper hiking trail (pink and yellow) is 2.5km (1.55 miles).
We took the paved path out to the waterfall given that I had a couple of elderly with me. Had I been by myself I would have automatically taken the hiking trail.
Thanks to plentiful rainfall, Taiwan is like a tropical island with taro species with gigantic leaves.
And ferns covering tree trunks.
Creek next to the path
Waterfall at the end of the trail.

After breakfast we thought we’d take the trail back. Dad said that they’ve hiked it before, but it was only later that I realized that they’d never made it very far past the upper falls viewing platform.

View of the lower falls
View of the upper falls
The Forest Bath Trail will later connect to the Scenic Trail
The trail begins with a lot of stairs
But gradually becomes more of a trail
With railings to prevent you from tumbling down the side
This was mom’s very first hike in her entire life, and her last, according to her.
After 1km of continuous uphill climb, the Forest Bath Trail connects to the downhill portion of the Scenic Trail.

The trip back took us an hour and a half, but I was impressed that the parents stuck to it and finished. Since I wanted to walk a bit more, I had them drop me off at another trailhead outside the park, and I would meet them at the end of the trail.

More a walking path that’s less than 1km long.
And the creek on the other
The suspension bridge at the end of the path

On our way to grab lunch, we stopped by the big waterfall that Wulai is famous for.

Lunch was street food at Wulai Old Street 烏來老街
Sausages with aboriginal flavors
Passion fruit flowers
Mushroom balls
Always eat where the crowd is
Freshly made mochi
Covered in black sesame or peanut powder. Amazingly good.

It was a nice half day trip, and the parents got to do and experience something out of their comfort zone (i.e., hiking and eating street food).

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