Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), Taipei

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Enjoy panoramic views or take amazing photographs of the city from Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail). The mountain offers a clear view of the landmark skyscraper Taipei 101, along with the district's urban zone. To reach the summit, you'll have to hike up the mountain on foot, so prepare by wearing good walking shoes. The site contains restrooms and facilities where you can relax, refresh yourself, and regain your energy. At the park's trail entrance, you can also rent a bike to reach your points of interest faster. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail) by using our Taipei tour planner.
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  • Really awesome view from the peak of the mountain, you can get some great shot of Taipei 101 as well as great skyline here! Surprisingly it's not too hard to hike, as it is well-built and well maintai...  more »
  • The hike up the hill is not all that strenuous, but get ready to sweat like none other, even at night. Be careful of giant snails during the nighttime! The hike to the top of the mountain takes under ...  more »
  • Elephant mountain and the area around with the other mountain peaks is a nice area with beautiful views over the city and 101, but it is nothing more than that. So it is a good place for at relatively...  more »
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  • Would highly recommend this hike for those who want a great view of Taipei 101 and Taipei City. I would suggest wearing proper sports gear due to the steep stairwells (I saw some tourists in fancy heels and dresses...) There are some great views from the various platforms. I'd recommend the one that is just past the first seated rest area, it's a 3 minute walk from there and it isn't officially on the map, looks like it has been written on in markers as the fireworks viewing platform. A kind local pointed it out to us recommending we go there as it gets the closest unobstructed view of the Taipei 101.
  • Mesmerizing view despite the rain. Though it was scary to trek up alone, the voices and footsteps along the way kept me moving! I'm a female solo traveller and no worries about it being unsafe. There are pockets of tourists/ locals moving up the trek along the way. Keep a lookout for a muddy footpath on the left as u move further up from the second view spot as the view is much better. Good luck, breathe in the cool air and enjoy the view. 😏 (I did the trek in my humble slippers so having no shoes should not be an excuse!)
  • Nice little hiking path, about 1.5 km, vertical climb. Take water with you, there are few great city view viewpoints. Try to go in early morning to get a good view of sunrise.
  • Skip Taipei 101 and Come here before dawn and grab a spot at the top to capture beautiful pictures of Taipei's skyline. If you pay to go up Taipei 101 your pictures of the skyline will be missing the iconic Taipei 101 building and will look like any other city.
  • More like a nature walk than a hike. This is a set of stairs that goes straight up the mountain. This path also connects to more trails that make up the 4 beasts trails system. Good for a 45 minute walk or a 4 hour walk. Very easy to get to from the Elephant Mountain MRT stop on the red mrt line.