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Hang Dong Grand Canyon Backcountry Loop

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice route with a lot of variation, including some road sections, in the backcountry around Hang Dong Grand Canyon.


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9.2

Miles

14.7

KM

Loop

1,482' 452 m

High

1,091' 333 m

Low

1,070' 326 m

Up

1,065' 325 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The route offers a lot of variation in terms of landscape, it passes through agricultural areas through forests and also includes some short road sections. Most of the route is very easy to find and follow,, making it a very fun and enjoyable that is good for a hike.

Need to Know

There is a local restaurant right at the starting point of the loop. If you use their service you can use their parking space. However, they open quite late so it is not possible if you go on an early morning hike. The Chiang Mai Grand Canyon waterpark also has parking facilities right nearby.

Description

The route starts of along doubletrack dirt roads passing through agricultural areas before continuing over some single tracks ending up at a concrete road. The views on the road section are nice, so it is not a boring hike.

After turning back on some forest trails the route climbs a bit and you'll end up at some nice spots with scenic views before returning to the road for a short section. The next climb is the most difficult part of the route as the trail going up a steep forest hill is often a bit overgrown.

However, if you follow along the GPS route you'll easily find the trail back on the top of the hill where you then head down over a grassy ridge. You are now right near the Hang Dong Grand Canyon waterpark and close to the ending point, but instead of returning via the road you'll loop around using some nice singletrack trails.

Flora & Fauna

Fauna and flora will depend on the season. You can see nice flowers, butterflies all year round. On occasions you may see some wild birds, snakes, scorpions or rice paddy crabs on the trails.

History & Background

The area here has plenty of old quarries that are now flooded, resembling a bit of a canyon landscape. Some spots have been developed as waterparks, most notably the Grand Canyon Waterpark. It can be a nice place to visit to cool down after your hike.

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Photos

One of the most scenic sections of the trail.
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH
One of the road sections along the route.
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH
Singletrack looping around Hang Dong Grand Canyon.
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH
Doubletrack passing through agricultural lands.
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH
Distant view of Wat Prathat Doi Ku Kam temple, the starting point of another nice trail running route.
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH
A Rice Paddy Crab crossing the trail
Nov 11, 2020 near Hang Dong, TH

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