Looking to challenge and defy your limits with the fam? Then check out Violet Hill and the Twins Peak. Often referred to as the “Terrible Twins,” this uphill battle will have your quads burning and your mental game going strong. Better suited for families with older kids and teens, this hike is not for the faint of heart, yet it is rewarding with its sweeping views of Repulse Bay and Stanley along the way.
A 4.8km hike may not seem much – but between the relatively short distance from Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Stanley is the difficult ascent and descent of two hills, Violet Hill and The Twins, with the highest point reaching about 433 meters high.
Begin at Wilson Trail near Parkview, walking towards Tai Tam Country Park. Continue your ascent on this path until you reach the highest point at Violet Hill. Then take a moment to breathe again on your walk down from Violet Hill to the Tze Kong Bridge while enjoying a birds-eye view of the scenic Tai Tam Reservoir.
Cross the bridge, follow the sign to Stanley Gap Road, and brace yourself for the final ascent – your journey to the top of The Twins. The famed 1,200 consecutive steps to the top give this hike its fierce reputation and sure to give you a pair of fierce legs and glutes!
Have plenty of water and a hat for sunnier days, although most of the way up is shaded by trees. The highest point doesn’t offer much of a view, but a little way down will bring you to a sweet spot, at the Ma Kong Shan View Compass, for your proud-moment photo shoot.
Make your way back down the windy road and take a quick taxi to Stanley or the Pulse for a well-deserved, hefty treat.
An arduous, uphill hike that is physically and mentally challenging but offers stunning views of Repulse Bay and Stanley.
Athletic, outdoorsy families with older kids, teens, and grownups.
Wrap up your day at Stanley Plaza or Repulse Bay, a quick taxi ride away, for delicious food and drinks!