Jah Lynnie wrote:http://www.flickr.com/photos/62169018@N04/sets/72157626578920632/
See above link for snowy conditions on The Holy Ridge in March.
As for suitable hikes in your time frame, if the weather isn't particularly good, I'd go further south. The Jin-Shui Ying Old Trail connecting Taidong and Kaohsiung Counties is written up in Lonely Planet. BeiDaWuShan is also another possibility (need a permit for that).
There are a bunch of trails in the Fenqihu area near AliShan. You could do a couple of those and make a few days of it with the option of staying in accomodation if the weather isn't so good.
Another area that isn't mentioned much on this board is the Sitou and ShanLinHsi area in Nantou County. Sitou is quite a popular place for local 'car-hikers' but for the most part they stay resolutely on or in sight of the concrete roads criss-crossing the Cryptomeria Japonica plantation. Rather disappointingly, the raised walkway above the treetops goes over the orderly man made rows of these trees. Behind this 'tourist containment area' in the lower levels of Sitou, there is a ridge which you can hike all the way to the back of ShanLinHsi from where buses go back to Sitou and Taichung. There is a lookout spot where there is a water tap.The path is clear and sign-posted.
If you are flying solo and only have limited camping experience in Taiwanese forest and mountain, the above ideas might be worth looking into.
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