High Junk Peak is part of the three sharpest peak in Hong Kong but surprisingly the easiest (relative) to hike. With weirdly photogenic boulders to perch on along the way as well as the scenic Clear Water Bay, you can even just hike along its middle to lower difficulty. While it is still within Sai Kung, High Junk Peak is closer to Tseung Kwan O.
Getting to High Junk Peak
From Tseung Kwan O MTR station, exit to Popcorn mall and veer right across, where there is a door leading to the bus and minibus terminal. Take the second stop to the right and wait for the minibus 103 M and get off at Ng Fai Tin. Here’s a photo for reference:
From there, you go up and this is where the trail starts!
Up via Miu Tsai Tun
The road up to High Junk Peak from here is relatively short. Though the hike is going uphill, it is relatively well-shaded with flatter stretches that let you catch your breath. You need to look out for this junction to make sure you don’t miss the path up (note: if you do, there is still a side track up later but that one will be even harder to find).
From there, we will ascend Miu Tsai Tun which is just 9m shorter than High Junk Peak. Which means that you will go up then down again.
You will see the small path that leads up to the High Junk Peak road here – if you are hiking in reverse, it’s a good choice to go down without climbing up again.
Note: if you feel like the route is challenging enough already, you can skip hiking up to the summit and simply carry on.
High Junk Peak
The hike up to High Junk Peak is a steep but short one. while the initial vista of the peak isn’t the most impressive, the giant boulders that scattered over the other end of the peak are the main attraction: they are perfect photo spots!
The hike continues on the path to the right, though you can also descend back down to Tai Au Mun – a major transport crossroads – via a path to the left, though I had never done it before and it looks steep!
To really mentally prepare you, there are still 2/3 of the hike to go from here!
Tin Ha Shan
The path mostly goes up and down slightly, with the view of the Tseung Kwan O Stage II/III Landfill. Once you start leaving it behind and take the junction to the left, you’ll begin to climb up Tin Ha Shan.
We are not reaching the summit this time, but it’s still a bit of a trek up before you go down again.
Getting out to Po Toi O Cheung for minibus
The trail ends at the entrance to the country park and if you are interested, you can go down to the seafront to visit the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong. To get out, you need to go left and follow the main road, then right along Po Toi O Cheung Road to the village of the same name.
Po Toi O Cheung is also a great place to stop for refreshment and see what a fishing village is like, though if you are hiking during the quiet season, not a lot of places will be open.
You can catch the minibus 16 at the front of the village, which stops at both Hang Hau MTR and ends at Po Lam. It would be more convenient to get off at Hang Hau.