Devil's Fist I Wong Chuk Kok Tsui
The Devil’s Fist is a rock formation located at the very end of Wong Chuk Kok Tsui in the Plover Cove Country Park.
Distance - 30km
Duration - 12 hours
Difficulty - 5/5
Hiking there is truly a challenge and has a risk of people getting injured if not careful along the trail.
There are a few factors to consider before attempting this route, besides the length of the hike being extremely long, the trail constantly goes up and down along sections of overgrown areas, and steep paths filled with small stones that can be very slippery.
Although the trails are mainly visible and well-marked with ribbons, it is best to visit the Devil’s Fist by boat instead of hiking it all the way.
Also note that in case of an accident or being injured along the trail, the exits are very hard to reach due to the distance.
Do this hike at your own risk, here are some things to be aware of if you want to hike Devil’s Fist
- Start your hike early, expect the hike to be at least 12 hours long depending on your pace.
- Bring plenty of hydration; 2-3 liters of water with extra power drinks.
- Bring food, we recommend something with rice, energy gels, and snacks.
- Trekking poles are a huge help during long-distance hikes.
- Checking the tides before planning to hike Devil’s Fist, the rock formation may not be visible during high tide.
- Plan the hike during cooler weather.
We started the hike at Wu Kau Tang at the Double Haven Country Trail following the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail until Luk Wu Tung before heading out to Wong Chuk Kok Tsui and back.
The trail goes up and down along Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail, passing along numerous mountains and a few summit points before reaching Luk Wu Tung.
Once you’ve entered the trail after the signpost of Luk Wu Tung, the trail becomes a bit overgrown heading up Dit Sei Kau before heading down a short steep rocky section towards the direction of Fung Wong Tau.
We made the mistake of taking the trail on the left instead of the right that heads straight for Fung Wong Tau.
The left side trail took us into an overgrown forest, there are a few ribbon markers but eventually some we were not able to locate so we had to navigate our way back onto the main trail.
Once we found ourselves back on track, we continued to head toward Fung Wong Wat Teng.
The trails here are narrow and therefore quite scratchy if you’re walking fast. It is also a long way from Fung Wong Wat Teng to Pak Kok Shan, the trail is quite open and you’ll be able to see how far you’ve traveled when looking back.
From there, the last stretch is to Tai Leng where you can find a pile of rocks with a Chinese signpost that’s from the Qi Dynasty Wong Chuk Kok Watch Base, then it’s a steep descent down towards the coastline.
There are rope assist along the steep descent but it looks worn out and is not recommended to use as they might not be stable, make use of the small branches or roots as assistance when climbing down.
Once we reached the coastline, we started to climb over the rocky sections on the left heading towards the Devil’s Fist.
Scrambling along the coastline takes about ten minutes or so, depending on how far the tides are, you might have to traverse along some big rocks before you get to the cove where the Devil’s Fist is located.
At the Devil’s Fist, we were able to enjoy taking amazing photos of the rock formation since the tide is low.
Also, note DO NOT CLIMB ONTO THE DEVIL’S FIST while taking pictures.
We rested and refueled during our time at the Devil’s Fist before making our way back onto the trail as we know it is another challenge making our way to Tai Mei Tuk.
We made our way back the same way, once we are back in the forests closer to the direction of Dit Sei Kau there is a junction with many ribbon markers, one headed back up to Dit Sei Kau, the other one to Tai Mei Tuk.
Take the trail heading to Tai Mei Tuk, this trail is mostly flat and in the forest and merges back onto the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail.
The hike to Tai Mei Tuk from there is another 10km as per the signpost, there is a series of up and down peaks along the way.
Once you reach the final peak, Cheng Pai Tung, the path then goes steeply down with both stairs and a dirt path with pebbles and rocks before going up again a few more hills.
The hike exits to a small dam at Pak Kung Tsui along the concrete path and continues to follow it until the next dam before reaching the Tai Mei Tuk dam.
The bus stop for Tai Mei Tuk is just a short walk once you get down to a public toilet nearby, take the minibus back to Tai Po MTR Station.