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Take a Hike: How to hike to Beacon Hill via Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail

By Beverly Ngai 11 February 2021 | Last Updated 3 November 2023

Header images courtesy of @stephanographie and @hikinglife.ka (via Instagram)

You might have checked off the iconic Lion Rock and Amah Rock, but you have not fully explored Lion Rock Country Park until you’ve hiked the scenic trail from Eagle’s Nest to Beacon Hill. Thanks to its close proximity to the city, the underrated route of Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail treats visitors to a dramatic experience of both natural beauty and glitzy, urban landscapes, with sweeping vistas overlooking the Kowloon peninsula. Even if a few hours is all you have to spare, it’s well worth your time to nip out here for a quick dose of cardio and adventure.

Need more convincing? How about superb sunset views to boot? Set off in the late afternoon and you’ll catch the sun casting its golden glow over the city’s concrete forest. If you’re ready for a refreshing excursion, slip on your sneakers and let’s hike Eagle’s Nest and Beacon Hill.

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Photo: @ycqsmart (via Instagram)

Overview and fast facts

Running along the western stretch of Lion Rock Country Park, the scenic hike to Eagle’s Nest and Beacon Hill takes you through Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail and a portion of Maclehose Trail Section 5, totalling around six kilometres from start to finish. The first peak you’ll reach is Eagle’s Nest (also known as Tsim Shan), which—true to its name—is said to be a popular roosting site for black kite eagles. Beacon Hill, on the other hand, wears a bit of an outdated title, as the watchtower that was allegedly erected on the hill during the Qing and Ming dynasties has disappeared without a trace of its former existence. 

Clocking in at 312 metres and 457 metres respectively, Eagle’s Nest and Beacon Hill may not rise above their neighbouring peaks by height, but they certainly stack up when it comes to photo-worthy vistas. Expect to stop and admire breathtaking panoramas of the Kowloon peninsula skyline from multiple vantage points, as well as a cheeky side view of the famed Lion Rock Head!

Shorter altitudes usually come with the relief of an easier trek. Safe to say, even inexperienced hikers and families will be able to conquer this hike without getting too winded. And while there are a few bursts of uphill inclination, the paths are smooth and shaded most of the way so you can stay cool and comfortable. You won’t need much gear, either, besides a pair of trainers and a filled water bottle.

Beware, however, of the monkey and wild boars that frequent the trail. These furry creatures are harmless for the most part, but they can get feisty when they see food or plastic bags, so stow those well out of sight.

Distance: 6 kilometres approx.

Difficulty: Beginner 

Total ascent: 355 metres approx.

Total time: 2.5 hours approx.