Arrived at the first of the three reservoirs it passes
close by, the Wilson Trail ascends above Kowloon
Reservoir – where Section 6 heads northwest into
the central New Territories. The woodland here
is lower than the forests along the previous
catchment trail, yet even so the reservoir soon
disappears from sight behind trees. An earthen
path, initially reasonably level and then steadily
ascending, winds up behind the reservoir through
Kam Shan valley. Fallen leaves lie soft underfoot,
the banks are hung with plants and ferns. Lianas
tangle through the middle storey of this maturing
forest, the end result of earlier reforestation
to stablize the reservoir’s watershed slopes.
Occasional panoramas open out showing the Kowloon
peaks. Less often breaks in the trees reveal glimpses
of the reservoir, with its ochre banks and jade
green waters, typical of all the local dams. Come
here in winter and the galley-prow banks will be
high out of the water – but in summer, after rain,
water laps right up to the trees. Hiking farther
around one crosses a series of small gully streams
that run into the reservoir. Sharp edged pandanus
fronds, dwarf bamboos and ferns surround the small
watercourses – hidden worlds where, in rock pools
up and down the hillsides, crustaceans and tiny
fish inhabit the often turbulent streams.
The best time to be here is the
late afternoon after a fine, clear day. Then, the
sun westering over Shing Mun, gaps between the
trees show Kowloon Reservoir at its best. Mirror
waters reach across to a turreted dam – the woodland
shimmers with emerald greens – black-eared kites
wheel overhead. As zephyrs fade, stillness gathers
up the land.
Public Transport Take the MTR to Prince Edward
or Sham Shui Po stations, then take Bus 81. Where
the road begins its descent through countryside,
alight at Kowloon Reservoir. The start of Section
6 is by the bus stop, as described below.
Taxi Distance and Time Kowloon
Star Ferry to Kowloon Reservoir – 9 km, about 30
Section Start Point Just back
from the bus stop, Section 6 starts at a rest area
with benches (W061). If you are continuing on from
Section 5, cross Tai Po Road and turn right for
200 metres. To shorten the hike, go back 500 metres
to the Kowloon Reservoir access road. Go up this
tarmac road (following the MacLehose Trail) to
the top of the hill, where the Wilson Trail joins.
Section End Point Shing Mun Reservoir
dam. To begin Section 7, turn right across the
dam. To return home, at the dam turn left and follow
the road for a kilometre to the minibus terminus.
Minibus 82 runs to the MTR Tsuen Wan station.