Starting at the Xiangyang Forest National Recreation Area, Jiaming Lake National Trail is 13 kilometers long. At least three days are suggested for the entire hiking trip, but four days would be better if you want to take it easy. Taking the high mountain elevation into consideration, you need to be aware of your physical state the whole time and not hike too fast to avoid getting altitude sickness. Besides a stretch of short grass with numerous paths near Mt Sancha, the trail is clearly distinguishable the whole way. At about the sixth kilometer mark is a base station with cellphone reception. All along the route are magnificent views of the geography. We especially recommend taking some time to see Black Pond, the steep slopes of Haohanpo, the Famous Xiangyang Tree, and the sunrise at the trailhead. The scenery is just mind-blowing the whole way, and if you have the strength afterward, you can continue to hike up Mt. Sancha and Mt. Xiangyang.
Keep in mind that you have to apply in advance for a permit to go on the trail and to stay at the Xiangyang Cabin and Jiaming Lake Cabin (the cabins along the trail). Also, parts of the trail are quite steep, and you’ll be carrying a pack of about ten kilograms, so it’s not for beginners and will require some pre-hike planning.(IG: @nimo.mt)