Tai Mo Shan
Why so many branched trails are found in this section? Any problems?
The section 8 of Maclehose Trail from Tai Mo Shan to Lead Mine Pass is traversed by verdant grassy slopes and grotesque boulders.
It is strange that when you’re on the same route, you’re on more than one main path. Instead, you’re on a network of bifurcated paths, like scars carved into the hillside.
Whether the forking path was first taken by man or by cattle is impossible to determine, but it was certainly 「carried forward」 by the traveler.For different reasons (such as avoiding the puddles on the road, taking shortcuts, and finding a better way to climb), the hikers deviate from the original main path and, over times, form many branches on the vast grassland, some of which have evolved from one main path to five branches.
The vegetation between the branching paths will slowly die out as the paths widen and continue to be trampled, gradually forming a large bald area. Without the protection of vegetation, soil erosion will easily be caused when the rain comes. Therefore, when we hike, please remember to 「stay on track」. Let’s work together to protect the natural beauty.
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