Elephant Mountain

Elephant Mountain, also known as the Nangang District Hiking Trail, offers stunning views of Taipei:

Elephant Mountain

And a bird’s eye view of Taipei 101.

Elephant Mountain


Side note: Taipei 101 was officially classified as the world’s tallest building in 2004. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai took the number 1 spot in 2010.

Getting to the Elephant Mountain trail is easy. Simply take the MRT to Xiangshan Station, take exit 2, and follow the signs that show you the way to the hiking trail.

Look for Zhongqiang Park, about 300 meters from Xiangshan station.

Elephant Mountain

You will see a sign showing two hiking trails:

Elephant Mountain

Take the 20 minute trail and follow the road until you see stairs.

Elephant Mountain

These are the stairs that will take you to the top of Elephant Mountain.

Elephant Mountain

I’ll warn you, there are a lot of steps but don’t let that keep you away.

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There are several benches along the way if you want to stop and take a break.

Elephant Mountain

Just take a seat and enjoy the view.

Elephant Mountain

The view is better from the top but take your time if you need to.

Eventually you will see this sign:

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And that will lead you to the main viewing platform.

Elephant Mountain

The hike to this spot will take you 15+ minutes.

Elephant Mountain

The view is definitely worth the hike.

Elephant Mountain

A few steps further up will take you to another viewing area with a few big boulders.

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That is a another great place to relax and enjoy the city below.

Elephant Mountain

We really enjoyed our morning on Elephant Mountain.

Elephant Mountain

I read that most people go to the top in the late afternoon in time to watch the sunset over the city and to witness the city lights come to life.

No doubt that is a stunning sight to see, too.

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Take your time walking down and watch your step:

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You’ll want to have your head up for the view.

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