Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù])

Yangmingshan National Park / Shimen District, Xinbei (New Taipei City), Taiwan

About Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù])


Hiking Distance: 3km round trip
Suggested Time: 90-120 minutes

Date first visited: 2016-11-04
Date last visited: 2016-11-04

Waterfall Latitude: 25.23849
Waterfall Longitude: 121.55683

The Qingshan Waterfall (青山瀑布 [Qīngshān Pùbù]; translated as “Blue Mountain Waterfall”) was a modestly-sized waterfall on the quieter north side of Yangmingshan (陽明山 [Yángmíngshān]).

This area was more known for hot springs than a nature hike like this.

Qingshan_Waterfall_095_11032016 - Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan Waterfall

Our relatively quiet experience with both the hike and the waterfall itself was a bit of a surprise to us because it was so close to the metropolitan city of Taipei.

Yet despite it being just on the other side of Yangmingshan from the big city, the Qingshan Waterfall experience seemed like a whole other world away as the scenery was very naturesque and tranquil.

Anyways, as you can see from the photo above, this waterfall had a pleasing fan or triangular shape.

That said, it was probably aided from the heavy rains in the area earlier on in the morning of our hike.

As far as the waterfall’s size, I’m guessing it was probably about 15-20m tall.

Hiking to the Qingshan Waterfall

Qingshan_Waterfall_006_11032016 - Mom ascending the beginning of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail, which started immediately on the other side of a roadside stand
Mom ascending the beginning of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail, which started immediately on the other side of a roadside stand

From the signed car park (see directions below), we walked back along the road towards a roadside stand.

After passing through the stand, which had picnic tables and locally-sourced food, we then climbed up a flight of steps ascending above the road and ultimately to a small plot of farm land.

Next, the trail meandered alongside these small-scale agricultural lots (where they were growing local vegetables).

Then, it curved alongside a valley carved out by the Laomei Stream (老梅溪 [Lǎoméi Xī]; translated as “Old Lady Stream”).

Qingshan_Waterfall_018_11032016 - After climbing up to a small plot of small-scale agricultural lands, the Qingshan Waterfall Trail then skirted alongside some diversion ditch probably for irrigation
After climbing up to a small plot of small-scale agricultural lands, the Qingshan Waterfall Trail then skirted alongside some diversion ditch probably for irrigation

Along this stretch of the trail, we followed along a ditch that I’m guessing diverted water from the creek somewhere further upstream and ultimately irrigated the small farm plot.

The trail continued to follow along the ditch while the valley closed in the further along the trail we went.

After another 300m or so, the irrigation ditches started to disappear as the trail then crossed and meandered alongside one of the forks of the Laomei Stream.

We then crossed a few bridges traversing the stream as the trail became a bit rougher.

Qingshan_Waterfall_057_11032016 - Context of Mom dealing with some wet stream bed rocks alongside some intermediate cascades en route to the Qingshan Waterfall as the trail got a little rougher
Context of Mom dealing with some wet stream bed rocks alongside some intermediate cascades en route to the Qingshan Waterfall as the trail got a little rougher

It continued to follow along the stream banks, but now this hike involved a small bit of minor bouldering.

We had to be careful in this stretch due to the wet nature of the boulders given the rains.

Anyways, this stretch would persist for the next 400-500m before we finally climbed up to the lookout deck yielding the view of Qingshan Waterfall that you see pictured at the top of this page.

Once we were at the falls, I noticed that the trail apparently kept going up the mountain.

Qingshan_Waterfall_071_11032016 - Looking upstream beyond some intermediate cascades towards the Qingshan Waterfall in the distance
Looking upstream beyond some intermediate cascades towards the Qingshan Waterfall in the distance

However, it was closed so we can’t say anything more about it.

Thus, we spent time basking in the reward of making it all the way to the Qingshan Waterfall.

When we had our fill of this place, we then did the mostly downhill hike all the way back to the car.

On the return hike, we noticed quite a few more people making their way up.

Qingshan_Waterfall_145_11032016 - Mom returning past a small-scale agricultural plot of land near the final steps leading downhill to the trailhead for the Qingshan Waterfall
Mom returning past a small-scale agricultural plot of land near the final steps leading downhill to the trailhead for the Qingshan Waterfall

Apparently, we were the only people at the falls as well as the entire hike up here, but seeing more people on our return hike must have illustrated just how popular this place can be despite the bad weather.

When all was said and done, we wound up finishing the hike in a little over 90 minutes covering a distance of around 3km round trip.

Authorities

The Qingshan Waterfall resides in Yangmingshan National Park in the Shimen District near the city of Taipei in Xinbei (New Taipei City), Taiwan. It may be administered by the Taiwan National Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Qingshan_Waterfall_004_11032016 - Looking back from the trailhead car park at the roadside stand right at the trailhead for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_007_11032016 - Mom making her way up the steps as we left the food stand at the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead
Qingshan_Waterfall_010_11032016 - After the initial climb, the Qingshan Waterfall Trail flattened out somewhat as it now skirted a small plot of someone's farm
Qingshan_Waterfall_011_11032016 - Looking back down the mountain towards the ocean from the small plot of agricultural land by the Qingshan Waterfall Trail. It was was hard to see the ocean during our visit given how gray and rainy it was on this day
Qingshan_Waterfall_013_11032016 - Roughly the first two-thirds of the Qingshan Waterfall hike followed along this concrete surface flanked by a ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_015_11032016 - The Qingshan Waterfall Trail crossed the ditch every so often like what was shown here
Qingshan_Waterfall_020_11032016 - The Qingshan Waterfall Trail went past this landslide-prone section, which a sign warned us against
Qingshan_Waterfall_026_11032016 - Context of the lush Qingshan Waterfall Trail over the semi-pavement flanked by a ditch and lots of lush greenery in the valley from the Laomei Stream as that valley continued to close in
Qingshan_Waterfall_031_11032016 - Mom further along the Qingshan Waterfall Trail as we continued along the concrete ditch-flanked trail for most of the way there
Qingshan_Waterfall_032_11032016 - Mom still hiking along the ditch, which dominated the Qingshan Waterfall Trail
Qingshan_Waterfall_034_11032016 - Mom approaching the part of the Qingshan Waterfall hike where the trail started to follow closely with the Laomei Stream while the ditch started to disappear
Qingshan_Waterfall_037_11032016 - At first, we still saw parts of the ditch alongside the Laomei Stream en route ot the Qingshan Waterfall as the hike now crossed and followed along the stream more
Qingshan_Waterfall_041_11032016 - Mom crossing one of the bridges over a fork of the Laomei Stream en route to the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_047_11032016 - The Qingshan Waterfall Trail was now rockier and a bit rougher than the initial part that followed the ditch
Qingshan_Waterfall_048_11032016 - The Qingshan Waterfall Trail as it became a bit rockier and rougher alongside the Laomei Stream
Qingshan_Waterfall_050_11032016 - Mom continuing along the rougher part of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail as it continued to skirt the Laomei Stream while even climbing in stretches
Qingshan_Waterfall_052_11032016 - Mom continuing to hike the rougher stream banks of the Laomei Stream en route to the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_055_11032016 - Closer look at the stream bed surface that the Qingshan Waterfall Trail had to go through in its final third
Qingshan_Waterfall_064_11032016 - Looking upstream at more intermediate waterfalls on the Laomei Stream while continuing the last third of the Qingshan Waterfall hike
Qingshan_Waterfall_066_11032016 - Mom crossing a bridge over the Laomei Stream as we continued the last third of the Qingshan Waterfall hike
Qingshan_Waterfall_070_11032016 - Looking towards some parts of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail, which still had older sections that might have seen damage from past floods
Qingshan_Waterfall_075_11032016 - Encouraged by seeing the Qingshan Waterfall just moments ago, Mom and I were motivated to keep pushing and get to the lookout in front of it
Qingshan_Waterfall_080_11032016 - Mom on the final climb leading up to the viewing deck for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_081_11032016 - Context of Mom making it to the viewing deck for the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_104_11032016 - At the lookout for the Qingshan Waterfall, we saw this sign pointing the way to a continuation of the hike further up Qingshan, but it turned out that trail was closed
Qingshan_Waterfall_106_11032016 - Angled look at the Qingshan Waterfall from the path leading to the closed off part of the continuation trail
Qingshan_Waterfall_109_11032016 - Looking ahead at the overgrown and rough trail continuing beyond the Qingshan Waterfall lookout
Qingshan_Waterfall_110_11032016 - Context of the viewing deck fronting the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_114_11032016 - On the return hike from the Qingshan Waterfall, these were the first hikers that we encountered
Qingshan_Waterfall_115_11032016 - Mom carefully making her way down the slippery rocks along the Laomei Stream on the return hike from the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_121_11032016 - Looking back upstream at another hiker making his way up to the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_128_11032016 - Mom continuing to carefully descending the wet and slippery rocks on the return hike from the Qingshan Waterfall
Qingshan_Waterfall_131_11032016 - Looking right at a very colorful and interesting long-legged dragonfly-like bug along the Qingshan Waterfall Trail
Qingshan_Waterfall_138_11032016 - Making it b ack to the ditch part of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail on the return hike
Qingshan_Waterfall_139_11032016 - Continuing to follow along the ditch-flanking part of the Qingshan Waterfall Trail on the return
Qingshan_Waterfall_147_11032016 - Mom making the final descent back down to the food stand at the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead as well as the car park further up the road

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Since we made our visit to the Qingshan Waterfall from Keelung (基隆 [Jīlóng]), we’ll make the recommended driving route from there.

We’ll spare you the unnecessary detours that our Taiwan GPS made us go on and give you the most direct route.

Qingshan_Waterfall_005_11032016 - The turnoff for the car park for the Qingshan Waterfall, which was on the left as the road had climbed past the food stand fronting the trailhead
The turnoff for the car park for the Qingshan Waterfall, which was on the left as the road had climbed past the food stand fronting the trailhead

So from the junction of the Tai-2 Highway and the Tai-2甲 Highway (the character is pronounced “jiǎ”) in Keelung, we drove north along the Tai-2 for about 15km.

Next, we turned left at a light onto the Zhucaotan Road (豬槽潭路 [Zhūcáotán Lù]; also labeled as 北17 Road where the character is pronounced “běi” meaning “north”).

We had to pay attention to this left turn because we missed it when we first got here, and we didn’t recall seeing a sign for the Qingshan Waterfall going west on the Tai-2.

That said, we did see it going east on the Tai-2 when we were backtracking.

Qingshan_Waterfall_002_11032016 - Looking up at a couple of the nearest parking spots across from a small restroom facility fronting the turnoff for the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead car park
Looking up at a couple of the nearest parking spots across from a small restroom facility fronting the turnoff for the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead car park

Nevertheless, we would continue on the 北17 Road for the next 5km eventually reaching the well-signposted turnoff for the car park on our left.

This was as the road was climbing just past Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead, where there was a food stand.

There were a couple of legal spots on the upper part of the car park, but there were more unpaved parking spaces further down the car park if the upper part was full.

Overall, this drive would take us a little over an hour covering about 42km.

Qingshan_Waterfall_148_11032016 - Looking downhill at the upper part of the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead, where the road kept going to a lower area where the rest of the parking spaces were
Looking downhill at the upper part of the Qingshan Waterfall Trailhead, where the road kept going to a lower area where the rest of the parking spaces were

Finally, for some geographical context, Keelung was about 24km northeast of Taipei (臺北 or 台北 in simplified Chinese [Táiběi]; taking roughly 30 minutes using mostly the expressways). However, we also managed to make the 42km drive from Qingshan Waterfall to Taipei City (to return the rental car) though that wound up taking us nearly 2 hours due to the heavy congestion within Taipei City itself as this route was devoid of expressways.

Sweep starting with the rough (and closed) trail continuing beyond the falls before walking back to the main viewing deck for a more frontal look at the falls

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