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Hiking in Kennedy Town - Mt. High West

Originally published: April 2018

Edited n republished: Aug 2021

(The view from the top of Mt. High West)

We know that despite some really nice and windy days recently, Aug-Sept months almost upto October have a reputation of being brutally hot and humid in Hong Kong.

This might revive the wish in you to put on those walking/hiking shoes and try a hike to discover another beautiful part of Hong Kong. Among all those lovely spots, we are often surprised to see that many casual (and some not so casual) hikers do not know about the Mount High West. So in this article we recommend you to discover it.

Located in Western District, Mt. High West is a classic Kennedy Town hike. Starting right from the MTR exit, you had up nearly 2,100 steps (no less!!) to reach the peak of Mt. High West, Sure it is not the most easy introduction but when you done those steps you’ll feel like you’re on the top of the world!

Suitable for intermediate and advanced hikers, this is not only a great place to see sweeping views of Hong Kong Island, but it’s also a great place to get in a workout! If you have a dog, and she/he can make it up all the stairs, this is a great choice for your furry friends too!


(The path up Mt. High West starts at these steps, in Kennedy Town)

Easy to Access

Easy to access, all you’ll have to do is get to Kennedy Town, and you’ll be minutes from the trail head. While there are many ways to get up to the top of Mt. High West, Kennedy Town is one of the more popular starting points.


(A bamboo forest on the path to Mt. High West)

When you hike up Mt. High West, you’ll be able to choose between either a paved path or a more forested route. If you’re eager to meet other hikers, stick to the paved path. If you’re looking for a quick escape to nature, give the forested path a try.

Are you sporty but not excessive? You dont feel like going up on your own? No worries, we recommend you join our monthly hike up Mt. High West coming up over the next few months! For all the information on what you’ll need to bring with you on this hike, as well as details about the route, check out this Mt. High West hiking guide.


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