The Twins and Violet Hill (Wilson Trail- Stage 1) Hiking Trail
Hong Kong Hiking Trail
Stage 1 of the Wilson Trail spans from Stanley Gap Road through to Wong Nei Chung Reservoir. One of Hong Kong’s most notorious trails, Stage 1 has been nicknamed “The Terrible Twins” and it packs a serious punch. The trail can be done in both directions and it also serves as a great training run for trail races when done out and back (although not for the faint of heart!). This is also an excellent night hike as it’s well marked, more or less a straight shot and it starts and ends near main roadways with easy access to public transport and taxis. With more than 2,000 steps, this trail provides a serious physical challenge with spectacular sights and panoramic views all along the way to keep you motivated ‘til the end.
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Total distance: 4.8km / 3 miles
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Map & Directions
Total Distance (miles)
The Wong Nai Chung Reservoir was built in 1889 and is the third reservoir in Hong Kong.
Total Estimated Time (hours)
The Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park opened to the public in 1986.
Dog friendly: Yes! As with all Hong Kong country parks, dogs are welcome off leash within the bounds of the park. There are signs posted informing you when it’s time to put your pup (if he/she is over 20kg) back on leash.
When to Go
Any time, but late fall and winter are best. Half of the trail is largely shaded, but the other is quite exposed.
Hong Kong Hike Trail Map
The Twins and Violet Hill Hiking Trail Directions
If you’re planning to start in Stanley, follow these directions:
- Take buses 6, 6A or 260 from Exchange Square in Central. You’ll want to get off the bus between Repulse Bay and Stanley, just after Chung Hom Kok Road. There is a large sign post right on the side of the road marking the trailhead.
If you’re planning to hike the trail “backwards” from Parkview, follow these directions:
- Take buses 6, 61, 63 or 76 and get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. Minibus 5 will also take you there. From that drop off point you’ll walk uphill for 10-15 minutes until you reach your destination. Alternatively, you can take a taxi directly to Parkview residential complex. The trailhead if located on the righthand side of the road just before you reach the complex. It is marked with a large wooden signpost and trail map.
Why We Liked It
This is a proper workout with a sweet reward at the end! The 2,000+ stair climb really gets your heart pounding. If you want to challenge yourself even more, see how many stairs you can crush without taking a break. Every hundredth step is helpfully marked with a white number on the stair to make counting easy. In addition to the immense feeling of accomplishment, the views from this hike are spectacular. Stanley peninsula is gorgeous on a misty morning, in the rain, on a clear sunny spring day and even at nighttime. The lights from the homes in Stanley reflect off of the water for a real glittering finish.
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