The 10 Best Trails In Taroko Gorge National Park

For more info on Taroko Gorge & Hualien, be sure to download our 2019 Hualien Visitors Guide. We hope you enjoy!

1. Swallow Grotto Trail (Yanzikou Trail)

This 1.37km “trail” is actually a paved piece of the old highway but is one of the most spectacular areas in Taroko Gorge. The narrow canyon bares sheer rock cliffs on both sides and features one of the narrowest, deepest and swiftest, sections of the Liwu River. The towering 700-meter-tall cliffs here are covered with deep pock marks formed by thousands of years of sand and grit abrasion as the water slowly carved the deep canyon. The name “Swallow Grotto” comes from the swallows (a small endemic bird) that used to nest in the cavities in the cliffs. As warm air would rush through the narrow canyon from the sea, it would bring along thousands of insects for the birds to feast on! Keep an eye out for “Chieftains Profile Rock”, the “View of Taiwan” and the towering “Zhuilu Cliffs”. This is a MUST SEE trail, though it closes often due to rock falls. Our Early Start Taroko Gorge Tour goes to this trail in the early morning, so you can enjoy it before the large Tour Busses arrive.

Zhuilu Old Trail : A Walk On The Edge Of Insanity

 

Welcome to the Zhuilu Old Trail

High in the mountains above Taroko Gorge National Park near Hualien, Taiwan lies a trail unlike any most people ever see or experience in their lives. Carved into the flat face of a massive cliff of solid marble, the Zhuilu Old Trail sits perilously more than 700 meters above the canyon floor below.

With limited (often no) guardrail or fencing along the trails edge, one can stare down past their toes at the great Liwu river winding like a little creek over half a mile down. As if that wasn’t enough, the 500-meter-long cliffside portion at the top is only 90cm wide!

This…is the Zhuilu Old Trail…