Distance
179.25 km
Ascent
1,615 m
Descent
1,582 m
Peak
740 m
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
Multi-day
Hualien to Taitung – Highway #9 & #11 via Highway #30

Overview

This one takes in the best of both Highway #9 AND Highway #11 to ride a circuit loop between Hualien to Taitung.

Highway #9 and #11 both offer fantastic views: one features mountainous sights, and one reflects the glistering water of the Pacific Ocean. We bet some of you can’t make up your mind which route to take. So how about combining those two to make an entire trail with both alpine views and sea breezes?

By utilizing Highway #30, you can have the best of both worlds. For the first half of the ride, the beauty of East Rift Valley will capture all your attention before stepping down to let the stunning coastline views take over the ride. However, you'll also need reasonably good physical strength as well as riding experience as the terrain of Highway #30 is a little demanding. Still, this route might be the best one for those who love to see many attractions along the way, and who want the challenge.

Terrain

Though you avoid the most difficult section of Highway #11 (the climb near Niushan) and enjoy half of the ride on flat terrain, the real challenge only begins when you enter Highway #30. The terrain is a little tricky at this part which takes you through mountains.

Access

The ride starts from Hualien Train Station in Hualien.

Food and drink

You’ll find many eateries along Highway #9, while the catering service is less dense in Highway #11. 

More details

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Double Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Off-Road
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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