Pineapple Mountain: a visit to the Hong Kong Grand Canyon

Admiring the view at Pineapple Mountain

Last updated on December 10th, 2020 at 02:29 pm

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Pineapple Mountain has become THE Instagram spot because of its unique features that’s reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. As a sub-tropical city with mostly igneous rock (take Four Consecutive Pools and Falls for example), it’s rare for this kind of weathered structure to be seen and that’s why it has become such a popular place. Although much smaller than it looks, it is nonetheless an interesting sight. Despite the fact that it’s technically inside a military zone, its proximity to a housing estate and unique landscape draws many visitors. Since I know it’s a popular place, I picked a weekday to visit.

 >For more great hiking places to go in Hong Kong – visit my hiking page.

Pineapple Mountain Hike Summary

Difficulty: 2.5/5 if you return the same way, 3,5/5 for the full way because it’s slippery

Time taken: 2-3 hours, budget more time to take photos as well as getting in and out

Pros: unique landscape and cool photospot. Mostly on concrete and you can turn back

Cons: tends to be crowded. Very slippery and through a military area

How to get to Pineapple Mountain

Pineapple Mountain: Hong Kong Grand Canyon, Tuen Mum,
Admiring the view at Pineapple Mountain

Pineapple Mountain is situated along the Castle Peak Range Road that leads from Leung King Estate to Nim Wan Road that eventually heads towards Ha Pak Nai village.

However, unless you live in Tuen Mum, otherwise you would need to get to Siu Hong Station first.

Siu Hong Station

Siu Hong Station is the second to last stop on the West Rail line, the common connecting point to this line is either Nam Cheong or Tsim Sha Tsui.

Leung King Light Rail Stop

From Siu Hong Station, you can get either the 615 or 505 light rail to Leung King. You must remember to tap in at the Octopus card pillar and out when you get off at Leung King. Siu Hong is the end stop, so the light rail would only go in one direction.

This costs $4.60HKD.

Hike from Leung King estate

Castle Peak Range Road start, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The Castle Peak Range Road starting point

The Castle Peak Range Road starts at the northeast corner of the estate. If you haven’t been there before, you should follow the main road to the left once you get off the light rail then turn right.

There is only one road that leads uphill, so you shouldn’t miss it.

Castle Peak Road steep, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The start of the road is fairly steep – so be careful!

The start of the road is quite steep, so prepare yourself for a climb. Apart from that, just follow this one path up and don’t deviate. The Pineapple Mountain is actually in the middle of the path, therefore, just follow the biggest path. I recommend you download the OsmAND offline map to make sure you know where you are.

Alternatively, click below to download a map of how to get to Pineapple Mountain, get out, and what is there to eat in Yuen Long afterwards!

Reaching Pineapple Mountain

Danger sign in front of Pineapple Mountain, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Pineapple Mountain is actually part of the Castle Peak Road

The grand canyon of HK is part of the Castle Peak Road, you will see a “Dangerous, No Trespassing” sign, but this actually marks the area that has been dubbed as the Pineapple Mountain. The sandy ground is extremely slippery, so watch where you step. There are plenty of photo opportunities here, but below are the top 4 spots:

#1 right at the front of the path, under the sand is a concrete platform so it’s not totally unsafe

Pineapple Mountain viewpoint 2, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
#2 viewpoint – can you even see me? This part is harder to get to and more slippery!
Pineapple Mountain viewpoint 2, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Here’s a close up shot – now do you see me?
Also, doesn’t this look like grand canyon?
Pineapple Mountain viewpoint 3, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
#3 – a little headland jutted out that makes for a perfect photospot. It’s safer than it looks!
Pineapple Mountain photo spot 4, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
#4 photo spot: this quirky little ridge that makes a perfect seating

Here are some extra shots to show you more of the canyon:

Pineapple Mountain first look, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
First look at the Pineapple Mountain!
Pineapple mountain ridge, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
A dangerous ridge that you should probably avoid

Getting down from Pineapple Hill

Danger sign at the end of Pineapple Mountain, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Looking back at the other sign, which is directly across from the one we entered from

There should be another “Dangerous, No Trespassing” sign at the end of the area that actually marks the continuation of the trail. Again, it might seem like there are several paths, but just follow the biggest path.

Second part of Castle Peak Range Road from Pineapple Mountain, Tuen Mum, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
You can look across the mainland China on the way down!

You will reach a road at the bottom with a road block – that’s Nim Wan Road.

Danger sign at the end of Castle Peak Range Road at Nim Wan Road, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
This really doesn’t inspire confidence, does it?

Head towards Ha Pak Lai

Turn right when you reach the road and watch out for the first fork to the left. That’s the road to Ha Pak Lai. When you see a bridge, turn right and follow the winding path until you reach the village.

Ha Pak Lai town hall, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The village hall place at Ha Pak Lai, it’s a super small town!

Getting out to Yuen Long

Mini bus out of Ha Bak Lai, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The mini bus out of Ha Bak Lai, it’s the only one, btw

There is only one minivan out of Ha Pak Lai, the number 33 to Yuen Long. It runs every 20 – 30 minutes and costs 11HKD, however, if you get off at Lau Fu Shan it’s cheaper. However, if you don’t know the area, I recommend you head to Yuen Long.

Alternatively, you can just head back out at Leung King Estate after visiting the Pineapple Mountain.

If you walk fast and don’t stop too long for photos, the hike itself wouldn’t last longer than an hour and a half. It ended up taking us three hours before we get to Yuen Long – counting the minibus transfer time etc.

Once you get to Yuen Long, you can easy take the bus or the MTR back out. However, I am betting you would be hungry by then, so here’s some food option for you:

Eat and Drink in Yuen Long

Maison

Maison, Yuen Long, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Maison sore front~

A boutique tea place that sells high quality, innovative tea drinks, this is Maison’s first branch. Although the prices are a bit high, the drinks are pretty good. I recommend the Sangria, it’s very fruity and not artificially sweet.

Sangria, Maison, Yuen Long, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
My Sangria drink~

Sumore

Sumore waffle place, Yuen Long, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Snack snack snack~

An egg waffle place that I found online, I was super excited to try their unique oreo filling. However, they put too much flour in their egg waffle, making it more cake-like and extremely dense. However, they also serve normal waffle and it might be worth a try.

Sumore egg waffle, Yuen Long, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Too dense, stuffing egg waffle

I have gathered some other great snack places recommended online by other blogs and people. Download my free Pineapple Mountain Hiking map for access to them!

Get your FREE map here~

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Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.

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