The trails of Greater Alishan are must-visit destinations
for nature lovers; the trails pass cascading waterfalls,
through lush forest and tend to make visitors forget it’s
time to leave. In earlier times, when transport was inconvenient, trails were built to connect mountain settlements and, with an increase in interest in natural tourism, these have now been repaired and turned into scenic trails that are one of the distinctive features of the greater Alishan area.
Leye Mihu (Absent Minded) Trail
The trail is around 2.3 km long. It was originally called Miyang Trail but the naturally cheerful Tsou villagers changed the name to Mihu Trail. The trail has a number of pavilions and the bamboo forest provides cool shade, making it pleasant to walk on. The northern exit is at the 66K point on Provincial Highway 18 and has superb scenery, a car park and toilets. The southern exit is next to Alishan Household Registration Office, not far from Beast Spring.
Forest Recreation Area Giant Tree Cluster Wooden Plank Trail
The Giant Tree Cluster Wooden Plank Trail is divided into trail 1 and trail 2. The first trail connects the original sacred tree and 3000 year old Formosan red cypress and is around 600 meters long. It has wooden planks laid along its entire length and three wooden bridges winding through giant trees, and offers a chance to take a forest shower while observing the giant trees up close. The sacred tree, over 3000 years old, was originally 52 meters tall, had a girth of 23 meters and was the most famous sacred tree in Taiwan. The tree has fallen over and is now used for educational purposes. The trail is around 100 meters from Alishan sacred tree.
Fenqihu Cedar Wooden Plank Trail
The Cedar Wooden Plank Trail is around two kilometers long and was named, not surprisingly, because it is lined by cedar trees. Its width and seat-type railings are the trail’s distinctive features. It also undulates gently and is just the right length, making it very popular with families. People who like to watch fireflies can find an excellent firefly watching spot near the Land God Temple. If you go forward and take a left turn onto the narrow settlement road you can get to Fenqihu Old Street and the railway station; continuing on the trail you will reach the cultural exhibition hall , the Catholic Church and the 100 year old incense cedar.
1. Essentials items：food, drinking water, hat, rain coat and Tyrolean pole.
2. Clothes：comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for walking.
3. There’s a good chance you will encounter. Mosquitos in the mountains so mosquito repellent can be applied in advance.
4. Come with a relaxed and happy state of mind.