Hi everyone. Here is a list of 7 easy hiking routes that will take you to beautiful waterfalls. This list is for everyone who loves getting out in nature, but especially for beginners who want exercise and a little bit of a challenge, but don't want to risk getting lost. Each of the routes are on a well made path, there is no river-tracing or technical climbing required for any of these trips. They are adventures that you can take your family on, and I've seen many kids and grandmothers at each location. This isn't the "Lazy List" though. Each hike takes 30-90 minutes of walking each way (1-3 hours round-trip), through beautiful natural forests and valleys. Click on the links for more details about each waterfall, including more pictures, GPS coordinates, and detailed maps for each hike. (中文版：七條容易健行步道帶你享受台灣沁涼瀑布芬多精)
Sandiaoling Waterfall Trail is a 2.7km, 3 waterfall trail in New Taipei City, Pingxi District. The trail starts near Sandiaoling Train Station. Continuing hiking beyond the end of the trail will take you circuit from Sandiaoling Station to Dahua Station (or vice versa) for a total of 6.5 kilometers, which takes about 3 hours. There are also bus stops in the back of the trail for those who wish to hike a little less.
2) Yunsen Waterfall:
Yunsen Waterfall Trail is an easy 2km hike through a beautiful forest in New Taipei City, Sanxia District (新北市三峽區). The trail is mostly dirt, but with little change in elevation. There are a few places where the trail has been washed out a little bit, but overall it's quite easy. Round trip takes about 90 minutes.
Yuanyang Valley Waterfall is a pleasant 1.8km hike up a paved road in Hsinchu County, Jianshi Township (新竹縣尖石鄉). The path is an old road which has been closed to cars and turned into a pedestrian only walking path. After 1800 meters, a marked path takes you on a 2 minute walk through the forest to a wide viewing platform. Round-trip takes about 90 minutes.
Baiyang Waterfall is a giant waterfall in Taroko National Park, Hualien, Xiulin Township. It's an easy 2km walk from the trail entrance.The many dark tunnels along the trail do not have lamps, so bringing a flashlight or headlamp is recommended. The path is level and easy the entire way. An additional 200 meters takes you to Water Curtain Cave. Round trip takes about an hour.
Yunlong Waterfall Trail is a popular waterfall and hiking trail in Nantou, Xinyi Township. The trail is a 1km hike on a road uphill followed by an easy 3km walk along the edge of a beautiful and very steep cliff. Recently some parts of the trail were damaged, so there may be a few rougher parts that aren't on my map. Round trip takes about 2.5 hours.
Maolin Valley Waterfall is a large, beautiful waterfall with an nice swimming pool under it. It has a brand new 1.1km path with several suspension bridges. Getting to the end of the path is and view the waterfall is quite easy, but getting down into the waterfall to go swimming requires climbing down a rope. Round trip takes about an hour.
Liangshan Waterfall Trail has a series of three waterfalls in Pingtung, Majia Township. It's one of the most popular waterfall trails in Southern Taiwan. It's an easy 1.8km hike to the 3rd tier, but getting to the second requires climbing down some ropes. Walking to the 3rd waterfall and back takes about 75 minutes.
I hope everyone enjoys exploring these waterfalls. Please encourage your friends to go out in nature too. You can share your favorite waterfall hikes and experiences in the comments section below.