Wednesday 30th November, Hike to Top of Doi Ton, On Tai, San Kamphaeng
Doi Ton is a 890m high peak on the eastern edge of the Chiang Mai valley, close to the Chiang Mai / Lampang / Lamphun boundary intersection. We will drive about 30km from CM Railway Station & park at the east end of the southernmost dam at the Huay Lan Royal Project. A short level walk along a dirt road will bring us to the start of a steep climb of 400m following a pilgrim’s trail up to a shrine & stupa on top of a cliff overlooking the Chiang Mai valley. This path has steps cut into the hill in places & steel step ladders to climb up a gap in the cliffs. If the visibility is clear, you can look across the valley to Doi Suthep. After a short break, we will head south along the ridge to the peak at 890m. We will stop for packed lunch somewhere along the ridge. From the peak we will head east before a steep decent to the stream that runs into the Huay Lan reservoirs. Once down, we will follow the stream. This is a scramble over boulders for about 700m, before we hit a trail that will lead us back to the start/finish line.
A good level of physical fitness is required & hikers must be comfortable following narrow rocky trails with steep drop-offs.
Total length of the hike is about 9km. Walking alone, I managed this hike in just under 4 hours, with only short stops for snacks. I estimate we should complete it in 5 to 6 hours.
Some more photos from this hike
Here’s a google earth kml file showing the route.
Below are some google earth screenshots of the hike.
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming unless you are coming in a big group.
This time we will meet at 8:00 a.m sharp at the main entrance of Chiang Mai Railway Station (pictured above).
- Head out to Nawarat Bridge.
- Cross the birdge and keep going out on Charoen Mueang Rd.
- The Railway Station is on the right after 1.9 km.
- Enter the railway station and meet us at the main entrance to the station itself. It is better to park outside as there is a charge for parking after 20 minutes in the car park.
See the map below (click to enlarge it).
Transportation from the meeting point
We will share cars to drive out to On Tai. It is 30 km from the Railway Station and will take a little less than one hour to drive out there. For those who do not have a car there are normally just enough spaces in cars to fit everybody in. We do this all the time and there have always been enough spare places. If there are not we can arrange transportation by songtaew. We would suggest a 150 B donation towards petrol for a lift there and back for the 30 km journey, if sharing a car.
- Bring around 3 liters of water or more, some kind of lunch and snacks
- Good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellant and sunblock