Less than an hours walk, the hike to Pineapple Dam Nature Trail is perfect for pups who struggle in the heat, or for those who are looking for a shorter adventure.
Climb the stairs by the minibus station, and follow the follow the Pineapple Dam Nature Trail sign, heading right as you reach the top of the stairs. There’s a cute picnic/barbecue area about 30 minutes in to the walk from here if you’re ready for a spot of lunch (and game of fetch), otherwise carry on walking on the road towards the bridge that will take you to Tai Shing Stream (access is on the left of the bridge). Here is a great spot for a dip before heading back the way you came, but if your doggo is a big fan of water, you can actually continue to trek in the stream for about an hour and a half, where you’ll eventually come to the end of the first half of the hike, an ideal spot to chill out in the sunshine and swim.
Distance: To Pineapple Dam Nature Trail – 0.8km; to Tai Shing Stream a further 1.2km
Duration: About 30 minutes – one hour to Pineapple Dam (depending on your pace) and a further 1.5 hours to the stream, if you’re keen to keep going.
Getting there: Take a taxi or drive to Shing Mun Reservoir. The start of the hike is by the minibus station, up the steps and to the right. If you’re hiking without a pup in tow, click here for further transport details!
Note: Keep an eye on your dog and be careful that it doesn’t drink water from the stream since they may contain leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause severe kidney damage and possible death.