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Shakadang Trail

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The entrance to this trail is conveniently located only a minute or so from the entrance of Taroko Gorge, behind the Shakadang Toll Station. To reach the trailhead, follow the path behind the toll station that leads down toward Liwu River. After crossing the stream, follow the bank until the river forks at the Shakedang tributary. The trailhead can be found nearby on the right bank of the tributary.

Prospectors seeking the gold sand for which the river was known cut this trail during the Japanese occupation. Although the gold has been fully exploited, the sunlight on the clear water produces a different and perhaps even more beautiful glimmering sight. And after walking for about 25 minutes along the trail, hikers reach a platform. This provides an excellent view of the emerald green waters of Shakadang Stream and the folded strata of marble that form its banks. A wooden walkway leads away from the main Mystery Valley Trail and follows the stream. On weekends, this is a very popular spot, and for those looking to enjoy the tranquility of nature, continuing along the main trail probably offers greater potential. A leisurely progress to the top of the trail and back takes approximately 4~5 hours.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)

Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Su-ao Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Prov. Hwy 8
**The Central Cross-Island Highway (Guguan to Deji Section) is currently closed for repairs.

  1. Take TRA to Hualien Station or Xincheng Station, transfer Taroko Route 310 to Shakadang stop.
  2. Take TRA to Hualien Station, transfer Hualien Bus to Shakadang stop.
  3. Take TRA to Xincheng Station, transfer Hualien County Bus 302 to Shakadang stop.

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Last update time: 2022-07-12
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