It had to happen sometime, and it seems to be starting to happen now. My very favorite ‘secret’ spot in the Taipei area is gradually becoming known. Yuemeikang waterfall in Yilan is the perfect destination for a hike during a boiling hot Sunday in June, as the only way to it involves a short but fun wade up the stream through the narrow gorge below the falls, and with three (yes three!) pools below the falls that are deep enough for a swim, it never fails to enchant me.
Such a remarkable place couldn’t remain a secret for long, and it seems the word is finally getting out. This must be by word of mouth, as apart from this blog the only place it seems to be advertised is on a Chinese language blog, and it doesn’t look very stunning there, as the writer stopped at the bottom of the gorge and got a long-shot of the top half of the fall. It’s certainly not on any maps I’ve ever seen.
Well, there’s now a sign marking the all-important, once very indistinct turn off to the falls, the trail itself is much more obvious, due to a steady stream of hikers walking this way now, and on our arrival, a large group of locals had staked a claim for the day on the lowest of the three pools, below the tiny cascade that pours out the mouth of the narrow cleft below the falls.
Only time will tell what happens here now. Luckily although it’s only a short walk (45 minutes), several stream crossings and that final wade upstream will hopefully prevent this place from becoming swamped with weekend day trippers – perish the thought! – but I strongly recommend seeing this place soon; I wouldn’t mind betting it’s not going to stay the enchanting pristine place it is for much longer.