Hike Devil's Peak At the summit of Devil's Peak
At the summit of Devil’s Peak
Hike Devil's Peak family photo
And then there were two!
family photo at the top of hike Devil's Peak in Hong Kong
Our latest update photo from the summit. We LOVE this hike!

Fast Facts – Hike Devil’s Peak

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~3.4 km (~2.09 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: ~300 m (986 ft)
  • Duration: 3 hours, depending on your pace and breaks

Hike Devil’s Peak Hong Kong – A Bit of Background

When you hike Devil’s Peak you’ll quickly realize a few things. First, the terrain on Devil’s Peak is very easy, except for the last bit that is a scramble to the top.

boy scrambling up to the summit of Devil's Peak
Even though it’s a scramble, we consider it kid-friendly.

Second, the views are absolutely spectacular, and there are a lot of great ones!

Mother and son taking a snack break while hiking Devil's Peak in Hong Kong
One of the many great views on this route!

And third, the history of the approximately 222-meter-tall peak makes it a great place for exploring. Briefly, Devil’s Peak was garrisoned by the British Army in the 20th century, and beforehand, in the 19th century, it was controlled by local pirates. Thus it got its name, “Devil’s Peak”. To this day, there are remnants of the old batteries, and that is one reason why Devil’s Peak is a great place to do some exploring.

mother and two young sons exploring the garrison at the top of Devil's Peak in Hong Kong

After you hike Devil’s Peak, you can either head back to the MTR and travel home, or you can explore the Lei Yue Mun traditional fishing village. Therein, you can experience a traditional Hong Kong fishing village as well as enjoy the uber fresh daily catch, as there are TONS of seafood restaurants in this village.

Fast Facts – Hike Devil’s Peak and Explore Lei Yue Mun Village

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~4.08 km (~2.5 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: ~333 m (1093 ft)
  • Duration: 4 hours, depending on your pace and breaks

No matter which option you choose, below are all the details you’ll need to hike Devil’s Peak and/or explore Lei Yue Mun Village. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave us a comment below.

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If you want to have either of these experiences (or both!), but don’t want to worry about all the logistics, we’d be glad to guide you on this family-friendly adventure!

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Gear Essentials to Hike Devil’s Peak

summit of Devil's Peak
At the summit of Devil’s Peak, you can see both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (on the left and right respectively).

You don’t need much gear to hike Devil’s Peak, but you do want to make sure you have the following few items. Here is what we recommend you bring when you hike Devil’s Peak.

A Baby Carrier for Devil’s Peak

If you plan to hike Devil’s Peak with a little one who isn’t yet walking, we highly recommend you get an Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier. It is super comfortable, has ample storage for all the things a baby might need on a hike, and it has a built-in sun shade to keep your little one cool and comfortable. The Poco AG Rain Cover is sold separately, so make sure to get one of those up too, just in case you encounter bad weather.

Water is Important on Devil’s Peak

It might seem obvious, but you’ll want to bring adequate water when you hike Devil’s Peak. In the warmer months in Hong Kong, we recommend 2 liters per person, and in the cooler months, we recommend 1 liter per person. You can check out Hong Kong’s weather trends here. Whenever we hike, we use these Hydro Flask Water Bottles. They can be used over and over again, so we feel happy to be making Hong Kong a greener place. They are also insulated, so we can keep our water cool or warm.

Sun Protection is Important Too

There is quite a bit of shade on Devil’s Peak, but it never hurts to be prepared. At the very least apply some sun cream, and if you’re very sensitive to the sun, consider these other items too.

Hiking Shoes

Explore the battery when you hike Devil's Peak
You can explore the old battery at the summit of Devil’s Peak.

To hike Devil’s Peak you will only need hiking/running shoes. You will not need boots, as the entire route is on paved paths. After all, this is a beginner-friendly hike!

Hiking Socks

Even on an easy hike such as Devil’s Peak, you won’t want to worry about blisters. So, believe it or not, it’s best if you wear wool socks. Wear thin ones in the summer and thick ones in the winter, and it’ll be super unlikely that you’ll get any blisters. The ones below are good for year-round use here in Hong Kong.

Rain/Wind Protection

young boy hiking the descent when you Hike Devil's Peak
One of the many beautiful you get while descending the summit of Devil’s Peak.

If you hike Devil’s Peak in the summer months, there is a good chance you’ll experience a bit of rain. If you hike it in the winter months, it might be a bit windy. Either way, when we go hiking (on day hikes or extended backpacking trips), we almost always bring our rain/wind jackets. We recommend the Marmot PreCip jacket since it’s lightweight, durable and good value.

Snacks

You know if you’ll be able to hike 3-4 km with or without eating any snacks. We usually bring a few, just to be safe, and we love these Probars.

Gear Optionals to Hike Devil’s Peak

Camera and Lens

When you hike Devil’s Peak you’ll encounter many scenic outlooks. If you’re keen to take photos, why not do so with a fantastic camera? The Sony Alpha a7II has a weatherproof body and full-frame sensor, so it takes GREAT photos and is very durable. The Sony 35mm F2.8 prime lens is compact and very light, so it’s our lens of choice. While it’s not the best choice for capturing landscapes, it’s so versatile that it’s what we most often use.

Getting There and Getting Home – Hike Devil’s Peak

two boys enjoying the view of Victoria Harbor while they hike devil's peak in Hong Kong
Peri and Kai admiring a view of Victoria Harbor from the summit of Devil’s Peak.

Getting to the trailhead of Devil’s Peak is super easy. Just hop on the MTR, and ride the train to the Yau Tong MTR Station. Once you’re at Yau Tong Station, we suggest you use Exit A2 in order to get out to the street. Once you’re down on the street, we suggest you use your mobile device to open up our Hike Devil’s Peak Google Map and use our map to navigate along the route.

With all that said, if you don’t want to worry about any of the navigation or logistics, we would love to guide you on a hike up Devil’s Peak. Just click the button below, and we’ll start making arrangements with you!

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Our Route Maps – Hike Devil’s Peak

Devil’s Peak is an easy family-friendly hike. Even if you add on the part where you explore the Lei Yue Mun traditional fishing village, the entire excursion is still quite easy. Below are the stats for both options.

Hike Devil’s Peak

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~3.4 km (~2.09 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: ~300 m (986 ft)
  • Duration: 3 hours, depending on your pace and breaks

While you’re out on the trail, to follow either of our routes on a Google Map, just click on our Hike Devil’s Peak Google Map from your mobile device, and you’ll be good to go. You can also check out our Google Map below.

Our route up Devil’s Peak starts at Yau Tong MTR Station, loops up and around Devil’s Peak in a clockwise direction, and then ends back at Yu Tong MTR Station.

***We suggest you follow this route in a clockwise direction.*** (Please just ignore the letters on the map.)

We also LOVE using Guru Maps for offline Navigation because if you download our route data (by clicking one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON), you’ll be able to open that map file in GuruMaps (provided you’ve already downloaded the app) and use it even if you’re offline.

Hike Devil's Peak elevation profile

Hike Devil’s Peak and Explore Lei Yue Mun Village

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~4.08 km (~2.5 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: ~333 m (1093 ft)
  • Duration: 4 hours, depending on your pace and breaks

Here’s another link to our Hike Devil’s Peak Google Map. You can also check out our Google Map below.

This route up Devil’s Peak starts at Yau Tong MTR Station, loops up and around Devil’s Peak in a clockwise direction, heads down into Lei Yue Mun Village, and then ends back at Yu Tong MTR Station.

***We suggest you follow this route in a clockwise direction.*** (Please just ignore the letters on the map.)

We also LOVE using Guru Maps for offline Navigation because if you download our route data (by clicking one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON), you’ll be able to open that map file in GuruMaps (provided you’ve already downloaded the app) and use it even if you’re offline.

Elevation Profile for Devil's Peak and Lei Yue Mun Village
Elevation Profile for Devil’s Peak and Lei Yue Mun Village

Our Route in Pictures – Hike Devil’s Peak

(Click to enlarge. The order of the pictures goes from left to right, top to bottom.)


If you want to explore Lei Yue Mun Village, check out this next section.

Other Family Friendly Hong Kong Hiking Adventures

There is no shortage of family-friendly hikes in Hong Kong. This unusual route up The Peak would be on the more strenuous end of the family-friendly hiking spectrum, but it is still doable. A hike on Hong Pak Country Trail is definitely a family-friendly option. And, if you’re keen to see a waterfall, but you don’t want to face the challenging terrain on the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls, you and your family should hike at Waterfall Bay instead. If you and your family are looking for a self-guided walking tour that will also give you a glimpse into local Hong Kong culture, definitely consider taking a walk through the Venice of Hong Kong.

Regardless of what you decide to do, if you want to get in touch with comments or questions, feel free to leave them below. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can. And in the meantime, happy hiking!

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2 Comments

  1. The text says to follow the route in a coubter-clockwise direction but the arrows show it clockwise. Which way do you recommend?

    • Hi Ian, good question! Follow the route in a clockwise direction. Pardon the typo in our post (which now has been corrected thanks to you!) Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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