Fu-Ba National Trail
Fu-Ba National Trail information
This 18km national trail is named after the two villages it connects: Fushan and Upper Baling. Two hundred years ago the Atayal hacked this route up the mountains to facilitate trade and marriage and it's still common to see Atayal hunting or fishing in the area. Hiking up takes eight to 10 hours.
The trail begins in a dense broadleaved jungle and ascends through forests of fir, beech and crepe myrtle, before reaching the mist-shrouded stands of ancient red cypress at Lalashan (2000m), a forest reserve near Upper Baling.
The trailhead is past Fushan Village, just before Km17.5 (the distance from Wulai) on the left. On the trail, there are several good wild campgrounds (with water from nearby streams) or you can spend the night at a B&B in Upper Baling where there are buses to Taoyuan.
Taxis in Wulai can sometimes be persuaded to take you to the Fushan trailhead. Coming back it's possible to hitch-hike (be aware of the potential risks). Note that on the way to Fushan you need to stop and register at a police checkpoint . Bring your passport.