The highest point of the Coastal Mountain Range, Mount Xingang (1,682 meters) looms above Xingang Waterfall. Plunging down the eastern cliffs of the mountain, the waterfall is one of Taiwan’s highest
(about 200 meters), and can be seen from miles away. For a closer look, the scenic Malalou Trail goes almost to the foot of the breathtaking leap. However, although it’s only 1,100 meters long, the trail is suitable only for the fit and adventurous. Most of the route (marked by red arrows painted on rocks) is a rough and exciting climb up the rocky course of the stream through the gorge below the waterfall, with lots of fixed ropes and a few ladders; allow an hour each way. There’s a good view of the waterfall already at the trailhead parking lot, and it’s worth going there even if you don’t intend to scramble up to the
base of the fall.
ACCESS: There’s a good view of most of the waterfall from the parking area at start of the Malalou Trail. The trail itself, although very short, is a strenuous proposition, and shouldn’t be underestimated, involving a fair amount of scrambling up and down rocks. Don’t attempt it after heavy rain. To get to the trailhead take routes 16 or 18, NOT route 15, which, although marked on maps, is seriously overgrown and impassable except by scooter.
Malalou Trail (trailhead): 23.129908, 121.347416