After meeting at the Arboretum on Easter Sunday morning we drove out to Huay Tung Tao Reservoir, about 12km north on route 121. There we met up with the remainder of the group near the standing Buddha statue.

10 of us, including Coco the brown Labrador, set off on a trail starting close to the car park. We climbed steadily up and were rewarded with beautiful views back over the reservoir and Chiang Mai valley. The weather was overcast and not too hot at that point – a joy to walk in!

Walking through the forest we reached our breakfast destination, the ‘secret’ waterfall. The recent rains ensured a good amount of water tumbling down over the high cliffs – and all agreed it was certainly worth a visit!

Another hiker joined us at this point so 11 of us set off for the return journey, this time following the stream fed by the waterfall going gently back downhill. En route we came across a good display of orchids, brightly coloured foliage, a very spiky tree and a group of locals collecting red ant nests.

Once back near the lakeside 5 of the group decided to do an additional 3km loop along the reservoir, the rest took the more direct route back to the car park – and a cool beer at one of the lake raft restaurants. Total distance 5.5km/8.5km

Pics of the Outing

Here is the original hike description with attached GPS trail.