MacLehose Trail

Address: Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

- Free


A mere 100 kilometres from end to end - it's Hong Kong's top hiking trail.

Hooray and hooray again for Lord Murray MacLehose, the former colonial governor who established the country parks that occupy about 40 per cent of Hong Kong's total territory. The trail named after him winds from Sai Kung in the east to Tuen Mun in the west, principally along the ridges of the Nine Dragons which give Kowloon its name.

The trail is well marked, and reasonably well looked after, and crosses main roads from time to time, so it's walkable in stages. The Countryside Series of maps produced by the Lands Department ( are superb.

One of the main pleasures of the MacLehose is the changing vistas: harbour one minute, then skyscrapers in the distance, then you plunge into a wood, then out in open country. 

It's usually deserted mid week, but swarming mid to late November during a charity walkathon.

Value for money

Expert tips

The record for completing the MacLehose is around 12 hours.

The Wilson Trail runs north-south, from the boundary with China down to the southern coast of Hong Kong Island.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nature / wildlife