High Junk Peak is one of the most striking and unique looking peaks in Clearwater Bay Country Park. At a height of 344 metres (1,129 feet), it also happens to be one of the 3 treacherous peaks in Hong Kong.
On a junk boat trip at Clearwater Bay in 2016, I remember seeing this hill rise up sharply in the background. And that’s when I knew that I had to scale that peak. And I’m glad I did. High Junk Peak offers amazing 360 degree views to those who seek to scale it.
You can check out this video of my journey to the top. It’ll give you a really good idea of what lies ahead.
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High Junk Peak Starting Point
Ng Fai Tin is the starting point for your hike up High Junk Peak. There are a few of ways to get here by public transport.
- Take the MTR to to Tsuen Kwan O.
- From Tsuen Kwan O, take the number 103M green minibus to Ng Fai Tin.
Or if you’re on Kowloon side,
- Take the 103 green minibus from Kwun Tong to Ng Fai Tin.
- You can also catch bus 91 runs that runs from Diamond Hill to Ng Fai Tin.
No matter which bus you take, alight at Ng Fai Tin, and cross the road. You can’t miss the sign board for the High Junk Peak Country Trail and bike trail right next to the steps.
That’s the start of your hike.
The Hiking Trail
The trail to High Junk Peak is one of the most beautiful trails that I’ve ever been on. Maybe it was lush green because of the recent rains, but at times it felt like I was on a deserted island. Not to mention the flowers in bloom, and butterflies all along the way.
To get to the summit, you have two options.
Option 1 – Easy
The question most people ask is – how difficult is the hike? To be honest, not that difficult at all if you take this path.
For the most part, the hike is on flat surface. There are a few slopes and steps, but nothing that will leave you breathless. Well the only thing that will take your breath away is the gorgeous view from the top. And to get to the top, you have to earn that view.
For what is an easy hike for the most part, it becomes a treacherous ordeal 300 metres below the summit. The forest trail gives way to the rocky slopes that demands your best. At some parts, I had to use all four limbs to climb up.
Here’s a map of the hike (option 1) for reference.
Option 2 – Slightly more difficult, but better views
There is another more picturesque route to get to High Junk Peak. The route involves scaling a shorter peak before descending, and then ascending High Junk Peak.
That route cuts through Miu Tsai Tun, and it’s slightly more difficult than the option 1.
If you do plan to take this option, the view from Miu Tsai Tun of High Junk Peak with Clearwater Bay in the background will more than compensate for the added difficulty. I guarantee it!
Although the summit of High Junk Peak is wider than it looks, it can be a bit intimidating for those with vertigo. There’s a narrow strip of land on the top that has no obstructions on either side. And that’s what really makes High Junk Peak a pleasure to conquer!
Getting to the peak takes anywhere between 1 to 2 hours.
Ending The Hike
Just as there are a couple of options to reach the peak, there are a couple of options to end your hike too.
Option 1 – End it at Clearwater Bay Road
Once you’re done admiring the gorgeous views, come down from slope facing Clearwater Bay. The slope is steep, so be careful. My trick is to sit down while descending.
Once you reach the foot of the hill, you’ll notice a 3-point junction. The short path on the left takes you down to Clearwater Bay Road. From here you can catch a bus back to Kwun Tong, Tsuen Kwan O, or Diamond Hill.
Option 2 – End at Po Toi O
From the same 3-point junction at the bottom of the peak, continue walking straight through the forest area. The trail will finally come to an end at just before Po Toi O (not to be confused with Po Toi). Po Toi O is a small fishing community located in the Po Toi O Bay.
I believe there is a nice local Chinese restaurant at Po Toi O. Probably worth checking out.
From Po Toi O, catch the number 16 green minibus back to Tsuen Kwan O, and call it a day!
I hope you found this guide to scaling High Junk Peak helpful. And I really do hope you took a lot of pictures while on the top!
If you’re seeking a challenging hike with views of the city, check out the Lion Rock Hike.