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Nowadays Primary Forests and ancient trees are rare. There are still spectacular forests with a huge biodiversity or ancient trees to discover.

Mount Field National Park is a year-round destination. However, be prepared for fast changing weather and rain. Summer is the most pleasant time of the year for hiking. The Tarn Shelf Hike is a must in fall. During winter you can find at Lake Dobson Tasmania's only ski field situated at around 1000 meters elevation. It’s only 1 1/2 hours drive from Hobart to Mount Field N.P. the reason that it gets more crowded at weekends and holidays. The Russel Falls walk is wheelchair accessible. To escape the crowds drive up to Lake Dobson. 

Weather and Seasons in the Mount Field National Park

The Mount Field area has a high amount of rainfall each year. Most precipitation from May until October. Even in summer, high rainfall can occur. The western side of Tasmania gets more rain than the east. Every season offers a unique experience of Mount Field and the Russel Falls.

Spring (September-November)

The impressive Russel Falls during heavy rainfall in spring

The waterfalls; Russel Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls are at their peak, especially beginning of spring in September. The falls are spectacular during and after heavy rainfall which is more likely to happen until October. The echidna's hibernation ends between October and November depending on the temperature. September and October are pretty wet, and November gets a little drier. Daily average temps in September are around 12°C, in October around 14°C and November gets warmer. One digit night temps ranging from 5°C-6°C only. 

Summer (December-February) 

Russel Falls a trickle only during summer

High chance to spot echidnas until the beginning of fall. Summer is the most pleasant time for hiking and January and February are usually the “driest” months of the year. However, even during summer high precipitation occurs. The warmest months are January and February with an average temp of almost 20°C. The alpine areas e.g. Lake Dobson are much colder.

Autumn (March-May)

Lake Dobson area in fall

During autumn, mostly in April, the Tarn Shelf hike is a great highlight with a riot of colors from orange to red and gold. Usually, temps in March and April are still pleasant for hiking below 20°C. It gets colder in May with an average daily temp of 13°C. However, be also prepared for one digit temps and increasing precipitation.

Winter (June–August)

Skiing at Mount Mawson from mid-July to mid-September. The average daily temp is 6°C though nights temps are below 0°C. High amount of rainfall or snow in August. A 4WD is necessary to get to Lake Dobson on the narrow gravel road during winter.

First snow at Mount Field National Park

Where to Stay Nearby

There is just one hotel 400 meters drive to the Mount Field National Park. The National Park Hotel is basic but very clean with attentive staff. They offer fabulous food. You can't stay better and more comfortable. Camping is possible inside the park along the river with clean facilities and hot showers. However, consider nights can be pretty chilly with one digit temps. We stayed here twice and we always were glad to get one of the view rooms.

AU Australia

It’s Thailand’s wettest region with an annual rainfall of 3.500 mm. The reason is the limestone mountain range from north to south. It gets hit by the monsoons from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand between late April and end of November. Therefore, the driest months are December to April and the most popular ones.

Weather

Swimming in the Khao Sok National Park
Take a refreshing bath

The dry season last from December to late April. Anyway, showers can also occur in the dry season and especially in the rainforest. The hottest months with high humidity are March and April with temps around 34°C. The rainy season starts late April and lasts until the end of November. Most precipitation from May to July and from October to November.

Avoiding Crowds

It's pretty busy around the visitor center, and it takes some time to purchase the entrance ticket for 300 Baht / roughly 8 € / 9 $. The ticket is valid for 24 hours. As soon as you start hiking deep into the jungle the crowds thin out. At the beginning of the Ton Gloy Waterfall Trail, it's pretty crowded, but also along this popular hike, fewer people are along the trail after around an hour hiking.

Seasons in the Khao Sok Rainforest

Bird in the Khao Sok National Park

  • To experience the vivid rainforest May is the best month.
  •  For birding, the monsoon season is the best time when they spread out and the very best month is May when the mating season starts. The dry season is not recommended for birding.
  • For hiking, the dry season might be the best time. The trails are slippery after heavy rainfall and some parts are closed during the rainy season.
  • Rafflesia Kerrii is in bloom between January and March for about 5 days only. Very difficult to predict.
  • More mosquitos during the rainy season and leeches are on the forest floor at least until November.
TH Thailand

The Guanwu National Forest Recreation Area is always worth to visit but try to avoid the typhoon season which is most likely to happen from July to September. Guanwu is famous for incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets at the end of the Leshan Forest Road close to the parking of the second trail entrance to the giant Formosan Trees. The other popular spot is on the top of the Jehnshan Trail. The views are spectacular on clear days. The very best time for it is the equinox in spring on March 21st and autumn on September 23rd. Anyhow, the sunlight has a minimal variation from summer to winter; rising from 5.06 to 6.42 am and setting between 5.09 to 6.48 pm.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring
    In March the almost 100 years old Wushe Cherry Tree is white blooming. From April to June the whole area is covered in blooming rhododendrons, azaleas as well as red Taiwan Cherries. This is an outstanding time for a visit.
    blooming bush in the Guanwu Recreational Area
  • Summer
    Rare flowers are in bloom at this time of the year. You may spot the rare Broad-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly in June. Anyhow, bear in mind from July to September typhoons can occur and it rains frequently.
    Guanwu; rare broad-tailed swallowtail butterfly
  • Autumn
    The foliage of the maple trees is fiery red. 
  • Winter 
    The mountain ridge called Holly Ridge is often covered in snow in January and February. These are the driest months of the year. 
    Holly Ridge in winter seen from Guanwu
     
Weather

Taiwan's climate is subtropical usually with wet and humid summers. Snow is common during winter mostly in January and February. Most precipitation from April to July. There is less rain from August to November and the driest months are December until March. Anyhow, even in the driest season, you can expect rain. During summer it's refreshing cool on 2000 up to 2.500 meters elevation. Guanwu is located in the mid-altitude fog belt; it’s often misty. Frequently clouds and fog roll in in the afternoon.

TW Taiwan

The Xitou Bamboo Forest is one of the most popular parks in Taiwan. To experience the beautiful landscape of the park with fewer people you have to hike. Another important fact is the weather and the clouds as well which roll in around midday. Continue reading to get all the information for this stunning circular hike to the top of Xitou. 

Clouds roll in around midday in the Xitou Bamboo Forest, Taiwan

Avoiding Crowds

This is something which is almost impossible in Xitou. On weekdays it is a very popular place for the retired Taiwanese people, and they come here by bus for hiking. The first buses arrive around 8 am and from 9 onwards the park fills up soon. Around 3 pm the first buses leave the area, and from 4 onwards the park and the skywalk are less busy. We arrived midweek, and there were roughly several hundred busses. We got told by a hotel manager that it's always crowded like that. On weekends it's very popular for families especially in summer they come here to escape the heat.

Lots of buses come to the Xitou Bamboo Forest each day

In our opinion, the best option to enjoy this incredible beautiful nature is this loop trail which ends on the highest level of Xitou Nature Education Area. It took us 4 hours due to the long descent through the whole Xitou Park. The trail is 12 to 14 km long depending on the paths you chose on the way back through the park. The trail is almost not marked. Nevertheless, you don't get lost. Just follow other hikers or ask them how to continue.

Start the hike early morning; often clouds roll in around midday and spoil the incredible view of the mountains and the sea of clouds. 

Opening Hours Xitou

Xitou is open from 7 am to 5 pm.

Weather

Due to the higher elevation, the air is cooler, and it often gets foggy. The wettest months are during spring and summer from April/May until August. 

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TW Taiwan

The Blue Tier Forest Reserve is still under pressure to get logged. This mystic rainforest is a must see. The 3.2 km long trail can be walked almost the entire year. If it is too rainy, it might be difficult to get to the trailhead by car. The last part of the gravel road is a bit rough.

Gravel Road to the Blue Tier Giant in Tasmania

In April (autumn) it might be a lovely walk with different species of fungi along the trail.

Crowds

The Blue Tiers are still a hidden gem; remotely located and not leading along of any popular tourist route. Very view hikers visit the blue tier giant the reason that we enjoyed the whole forest for ourselves. 

Weather

This area is often cloudy or overcast. Summer brings pleasant temps, mostly around 20°C. In the winter, most days with single-digit temperatures, frost can occur, and most rainfall with its peak in August during this time of the year. The driest months are from December to March. Nevertheless, it's Tassie so be prepared for rain when you visit this outstanding destination.

AU Australia

Unfortunately, parts of the Waitakere Ranges got closed due to the Kauri Dieback disease in May 2018. Also, the trail to the Fairy Falls is closed at the moment. Check out which trails in the Waitakere Ranges are open and which ones are closed. PDF Hiking Trails Waitakere More information about the disease, and the status of closures for hikes and campgrounds can be found here.

Update closure August 2019: The Fairy Falls Track remains closed.

If you travel to the famous Piha Beach, don't miss this marvelous rainforest and the Fairy Falls. The falls are most impressive after heavy rainfall, but hiking is much for fun in the drier season with pleasant temps from November until April. Important; if you like to hike to the falls don't leave any valuables in the car!

Weather

Warmest and driest months are during summer from December to March with pleasant temps. Coldest months in winter from June to August. Most precipitation during winter but rain already starts in May with its peak in July. Anyhow, moderate to significant rainfall can always occur. 

Crowds

It is a popular trail and easily accessible. Anyhow if you have any mobility issues, it might be too steep to get to the falls. Especially during summer; the peak season and at weekends more people walk this trail. Nevertheless, this hike is still not overrun. Less busy in March, April and November with cooler temps but still lovely.

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