The Wilson Trail makes a challenging start: Section
1 begins straight up a sheer hillside. The stepped
path ascends through low shrubs, flowering with
pink melastoma in spring. On each side diagonal
ridgelines cut the sky, and to the right there
are mountain clefts. The scattered Stanley community
spreads out below, and farther off the Stanley
and D’Aguilar peninsulas frame distant Beaufort
Island and rugged Po Toi.
The climb is long and occasional pauses reveal
ever more dramatic vistas. On still blue days the
hillsides shimmer, on grey windy days they are
exhilarating. The suggestion of a summit comes
into sight, but instead one reaches a knoll with
a view compass. Here there are fine vistas into
Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay, enclosed by the
Chung Hom Kok headland. On the other side is a
whaleback ridge, and beyond it steep plunging gullies.
Beyond the expanse of Tai Tam Bay lie the Dragon’s
Back and Mount Collinson.C
Public Transport From the City Hall, Central, take
Bus 6 or 6A. Two stops downhill from the Chung
Hom Kok turnoff, alight at the Wilson Trail bus
stop. Section 1 starts just by the bus stop.
Taxi Distance and Time Hong Kong Star Ferry to
Stanley Gap Road – 12 km, about 30 minutes.
Section Start Point Section 1 starts at Stanley
Gap Road, by the bus stop and Wilson Trail inaugural
tablet. Go up the stone steps – and continue up.
If you wish to shorten the distance and avoid the
steep climb over The Twins, begin this section
at Repulse Bay Gap. To reach there, go to the top
of South Bay Close, off South Bay Road – and take
the trail leading up by some steps.
Section End Point Hong Kong Parkview. To begin
Section 2, cross the road and turn right to the
Wilson Trail archway. For buses to Central, go
down to Wong Nai Chung Gap.