Beichatian is in my opinion one of the best days hikes you can do in the north of Taiwan. It’s high, 1700m+, and a tough hike, especially if the weather is bad but the scenery and the challenge more than make up for it.
The last time I came to Beichatian was during the summer when I hiked from Manyueyuan 滿月圓. It was really hard work in the heat but I enjoyed it immensely. When we got near to the top a park ranger of sorts chatted with us and mentioned that the hike could also be done from Xiao Wulai 小烏來.