It may be only 4.7 kilometers in length but as the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department's hiking website notes, the Luk Wu Country Trail is a route for fit and experienced hikers. One reason, as at least one person who checked out my previous photo-essay of my hike along that trail observed, is that quite a significant portion of it involves an uphill trek.
And I have to say that one section of the trail in particular may have the steepest incline I've ever been one -- one whose steps were less horizontal than they were sloped. All in all, it was quite the effort to stand still and go along them, so I ended up not being able to take too many photos when I was on that particular portion of the trail -- alas! Still, I trust that the photos I took during other parts of the hike will help compensate for their absence...
The kind of ruins I usually like to explore
...but after spotting the lengthy piece of dried, shedded snake skin
on the grounds of that ruin, my hiking companion and I decided
against stepping into and spending much time within that space!
Look closely at the hill in the photo and you'll be able to
make out the outlines of the steep trail that we went up
a few minutes further into that day's hike!
Near the foot of the hill, my hiking companion and I
had to sidestep a wild/feral dog that had decided
to lie down and rest on one of the steps :O
It did feel good to be able to look back at that point and
see how much of the trail we already had hiked that afternoon :)
Up on Luk Wu Plateau, there are 360 degree views
of nature and, also, a campsite (complete with
barbecue area) and toilet facilities!
Despite the facilities installed there, I got the feeling that
not many people visit this remote part of Hong Kong -- and
I'd include those charged with maintaining the country trails!
If so, it's a real pity as this really is a pretty pleasant
part of the Big Lychee -- albeit one whose pleasantness
stems in part from one feeling like one is far away from
the madding crowd and close to nature when there... :)