Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), Taipei
(4.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This hike is for all ages and endurance levels. It shouldn't take more than an hour with a few stops. One gets an amazing view of Taipei. I do prefer the night view as Taipei is a city that is quite s...  more »
  • For me this was to crowded. A lot of people cramped together in a small spot, trying to see a glimps of the skyline. 
  • Come prepared, sneakers, t-shirt, water and insect repellent. It is not a difficult trail, however, the stairs can be steep and exhausting. Take the trail on the left while going up, which is less ste...  more »
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  • MUST DO IN TAIPEI! Best Taipei 101 City View! Absolutely worthwhile 30-45 minute hiking trail with a stunning, spectacular view of Taipei 101 and the city. Tourists usually just do the 30-45 minute trail to the first view point (which has a couple of gigantic rocks you can climb/sit on for the magnificent view of Taipei 101). However, locals will continue the 1-2 hour hike which brings you deeper and higher into the mountain towards "Tiger mountain" with an even MORE breathtaking view of Taipei 101 and the city. Location: 10-15 min walk from Elephant Mt MRT station to the start of the Hiking Trail. Key Takeaway: Absolutely MUST DO in Taipei. Regardless of sunrise, or sunset, day or night this is a highly recommended spot for the best shots and views of Taipei city with Taipei 101.
  • Along with the Tiger Mountain Trail, this is one of the best in the city. Scenic and easily accessible, even children should have no difficulty hiking the loop trail. And if you've got the stamina, you can hike up to 95 Peak, where the view is simply spectacular.
  • Easy hike-about 15-20 mins to get a good view of 101 and its surrounding. Pity it was a cloudy day when we were there. Would recommend using the Ubikes to get there. Bicycle parking is just 5 mins from the trailhead!
  • Very practical location! Easy to access via mrt or bus if you're driving there's also a parking space available nearby. Would recommend to any tourist who like or don't mind a little hike. You can get a great view of the city, enjoy a bit of nature and fresh air, and you get to do a little exercise. Estimate of around one hour for hiking up, taking pictures then heading back down (for healthy fit individuals). For those who really like hiking you can keep on the going after reaching the top of elephant mountain to visit peaks of other mountains that make up "the four beasts" (Leopard, Lion, Elephant and Tiger). Research ahead and bring enough supplies of water and sandwiches and you won't be disappointed with the great sceneries that are offered right at the doorsteps of Taipei city!
  • This is the place where I grew up. I used to hike at this mountain everyday since I was a little kid. It has changed a lot since. The best part of the hike is to watch over the formal tallest building in the world. If there was raining, be sure to walk slowly. It's very slippery. Otherwise, enjoy the hike.