Shanfeng Waterfall (山風瀑布), Walami Trail, Yuli (***)

The second of the three falls, immediately below the suspension bridge on the Walami Trail, is reached by a flight of steps.

The second of the three falls, immediately below the suspension bridge on the Walami Trail, is reached by a flight of steps.

The three-tiered Shanfeng Waterfall lies near the start of the Walami Trail, which is the eastern extremity of the Batongguan Historic Trail, one of three cross-island trails cut during the Qing dynasty to control the aboriginal inhabitants following the Mudan Incident of 1871. It’s about 30 minutes from car parking area at the end of highway 30 (the trailhead) to the waterfall. A suspension bridge (the second on the route) crosses the stream below the uppermost leap of the waterfall. The middle fall, below the bridge, is the most impressive, reached by a five-minute detour down steps on the right just before the suspension bridge. No permit is needed to visit the waterfall, but to go further along the trail. permits should be obtained from Yushan National Park.

The smaller upper fall, which lies beside the suspension bridge on the Walami Trail.

The smaller upper fall, which lies beside the suspension bridge on the Walami Trail.

ACCESS: Fairly easy. The waterfall is less than 2 kilometers from the trailhead, along a wide and well-kept trail to the suspension bridge in front of the upper fall. Steep flight of steps lead to viewpoint below the impressive middle fall. The bottom fall can only be seen from above.

 

Trailhead (Walami Trail): 23.328997, 121.235277

 

 

 

 

 

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