At 344 metres (1,129 feet), High Junk Peak is one of the most striking and unique looking hills in Clearwater Bay Country Park. 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 Country Trail offers amazing 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.
Getting To High Junk Peak Country Trail
After doing some research I found that the simplest way to get to the starting point for the High Junk Peak Country Trail, from Hong Kong Island, was from Tsuen Kwan O. From there, take the number 103M green minibus to Ng Fai Tin.
Or if you’re on Kowloon side, it probably makes sense to take the 103 green minibus from Kwun Tong. If you have a strong dislike for minibuses, bus 91 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 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. Anyway, on to the hike, and we have two options to get to the top of High Junk Peak.
Option 1 – Easier, No Views
The question most people ask is – how difficult is the hike? To be honest, not that difficult at all if you take this path.
High Junk Peak Hike Map – Option 1
For the most part, the hike is on flat surface. There are a few slopes and steps, but nothing that will take your breath away. 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, becomes a treacherous ordeal 300 metres below the summit. The forest trail gives way to the rocky slopes that demand your best.
Getting to the peak takes anywhere between 1 to 2 hours. Here’s a map of the hike (option 1) for reference.
Option 2 – Slightly Difficult, Better Views
However, there is another more picturesque route to get to High Junk Peak. The route involves scaling a shorter peak before descending, and ascending High Junk Peak. That route is through Miu Tsai Tun, and it’s slightly more difficult than the option 1.
High Junk Peak Hike Map – Option 2
If you do plan to take this option, the view of High Junk Peak from Miu Tsai Tun with Clearwater Bay in the background will more than compensate for the added difficulty. I guarantee it!
Although the summit of the 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!
Ending The Hike
Just as there are a couple of routes to reach the peak, there are a couple of options to end your hike too.
Option 1 – End it at Clearwater Bay Road
Descend the south slope of High Junk Peak to arrive at your options. At the 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 or Tsuen Kwan O or Diamond Hill. Or if you’re still feeling energetic, cross the road and head down into Clearwater Bay Country Park.
Option 2 – End it at Po Toi O
From the 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!