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Dragons Back

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

There are two parts to the Dragon's Back trail. The main trail follows the contour of the hill, starting off under shade before heading out into the open. The trail is a mix of mostly easy-riding path and several stony sections, occasionally interrupted by brief rocky (usually dry) stream crossings. Fifteen-or-so minutes into this route there is a sign pointing to a steep path on the left. Riders can either choose between continuing riding along the main trail to its end or going up this steep path to the other part of the trail along the main Dragon's Back ridgeline at the top. The steep hill to the ridge will require carrying the bike but once reaching the top, there's a frequently challenging narrow path to ride with some technical descents. Not for the beginner rider, this upper section ends with a path back down to the original level trail. Continuing along the lower trail will lead to a dead end and a staircase. Either walk down to Shek O Road or double back and return along the main trail to the start.
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Latitude
38.25489
Longitude
-85.76636
Trail Directions
Ride along Shek O Road from the roundabout junction with the Tai Tam road, pass one road junction on the left and then arrive at the road going up to the prison. Either walk up the staircase to the right of the prison road or ride up the road and take the first right. Head up the concrete road to the map at the top. The cycling path starts to the right of the map board and is signposted. This is an official trail; apply for an AFCD mountain biking permit if you haven't already!
Trail Length
About 6 km
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Shek O, Hong Kong Island
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: carlog80 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
actually i wanted to know where are the best deals if i was going to buy some components for my bike. Ill be staying at the ocean terminal for 4 days. It would be great if someone could reply if there is a place i could go to in kowloon tndx



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Review Date
September 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rogue55 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A bit suprised by this trail, especially the lower contour one as its quite level with some rocks here and there, but you could almost ride the whole way without stopping!! Did the contour run a few times and the ridgeline bit once... (quite a bit of pushing and then straight back down.... steep and a bit sketchy... make sure u put your seat down.
Note: Most of the contour trail is shaded which is good if u want to escape some sun :-).

Recommended Route:
Came from Central, rode all the way following the tram to Shakiewan, then up Chai Wan Rd, turn right into Tai Tam Rd... a bit of a climb, then left into Shek O Rd. (would like to go another way here (via Tai Tam Reservoir Rd ) but there was no cycling signs there even though its bitumen!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None.... on HK Island..... sometimes ride to the Peak, but all road



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Review Date
August 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim , from HK

Summary:
Terrific destination for some frequently varied terrain, though riding along the upper ridgeline is really only an option for more experienced cyclists. Fantastic views from the top make the effort of carrying a bike up there worthwhile, and the outlook from the lower path is pretty fine too. The upper and lower trails are thankfully concrete-free except on the short path from the ridgeline back down to the main trail (at the Shek O end), which has recently been fixed up with some stairs but can still be ridden down. The Dragon's Back is a pretty quiet ride and hikers are few during early weekend mornings, but even then it's not a good idea to hurtle through blind bends on the sometime narrow trail. A possible downside could be the distance getting to the Dragon's Back. It can be quite tiring to ride there - the trailhead is reached by climbing roads from Shau Kei Wan in the North or Tai Tam in the South - which might put people off frequenting the trail. Pity, because on a clear day the riding and scenery at AFCD's only HK Island cycling location is well worth experiencing!

Recommended Route:
If it's not wet and foggy, I start along the lower path to the signpost, carry the bike up to the ridge, ride along the top before a rest overlooking Shek O and then return along the main trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, unfortunately.



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