- TaiChung Great Snow Mountain Ride + Drone Fly
- Similar Ride Done Before
- Why Ride TaiChung Great Snow Mountain?
- Start to 1000 m Elevation
- 1000 m to Entrance ~ 2000m
- Entrance to Visitor Center (2275 m)
- Drone Flying at TaiChung Great Snow Mountain
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TaiChung Great Snow Mountain Ride + Drone Fly
- Starting Location: Dongshi 7-11 store
- Ending Location: Great Snow Mountain Visitor Center
- Bike Length: ~ 42 km. Elevation gain: ~1900 m
- Remark: toll after 33km.
Why Ride TaiChung Great Snow Mountain?
Taiwan is very hot during Summer. To have a nice cool ride, one option is to head to the mountains of at least 1000 m high. You kill two birds with one stone by enjoying the cool weather and training your climbing skill.
Yet during Summer time Taiwan also have typhoons and big rains, which causes some rock-slides at many mountain areas. If you live in TaiChung area, two mountain places I found are more stable and safe:
- TaiChung Great Snow Mountain 大雪山.
- Nantou XiTou + Sun Link Sea 溪頭/杉林溪.
As recently the Great Snow Mountain reduced its entrance price to half, I decided to do this route and brought my drone for some mountain birds eye shots. In previous ride I could only go to the 32km point. Now I could advance to 42 km (still 8km was closed due to maintenance).
Start to 1000 m Elevation
The route to TaiChung Great Snow Mountain was all on one road. We started at the bottom’s 7-11 for supply.
Starting from town district.
The weather was really nice, producing beautiful blue mountains at the background.
At the lower portion of the road were lots of pear growing.
TaiChung Great Snow Mountain Birding Association.
The white dots were paper-wrapped pears.
Recently fell big rocks…
Looking back where we came from.
Here the bus stops were named by the distance from below. This one was “11 km stop”.
Many cyclists rode this route today.
“I’ll fix your stomach by just NT 60!”
DongShi Town area at far end.
Through bamboo forest!
Soon a police station and a telecom building marked the 1000 m elevation point.
DaDong police station.
1000 m to Entrance ~ 2000m
After passing the police station, this part of TaiChung Great Snow Mountain was all forest and no residential buildings. This was one thing I preferred Great Snow Mountain over XiTou/Sun Link Sea, which was overdeveloped.
One drawback of TaiChung Great Snow Mountain was its narrow roads. Not a problem for bicycles but can be tricky sometimes when two cars met.
“Beware of birds”.
Cool on top of the car camp!
“Beware of animals!”
There was a single-lane tunnel on TaiChung Great Snow Mountain’s road. Not a problem for cyclists, as there was traffic control.
VIDEO: Riding Through the Tunnel
TaiChung Great Snow Mountain mark.
Soon after the mark and not far from the entrance was a bridge built along a cliff, with great mountain views!
VIDEO: Viewing on Great Snow Mountain Bridge
Stunning blue mountains of Taiwan. The highest peaks there were over 3000 meters.
Old broken bridge.
Arrived at the entrance!
Entrance to Visitor Center (2275 m)
The last 10km was done inside the tolled area. The view was not too different from outside. We headed toward the Visitor Center as our final destination.
Good picnic spot in front of a temple.
Recently fixed section.
Bike and a big bulldozer.
AnMaShan ranger station.
Last 2.2 km to go. Next time we’ll go all another 10km.
Snow Mountain police station.
Finally we reached our Visitor Center destination.
Some pretty hip wooden statues at the parking lot entrance.
2275 meter elevation mark.
Visitor Center inside view.
Drone Flying at TaiChung Great Snow Mountain
My final task for this ride was to test my DJI Spark drone after sustaining the vibrations from my ride. It worked and I was able to shot some nice bird eye views!