Unlike Taishan which has well paved stairs to the summit, Songshan's path is a little bit treacherous. I opt for the cable car and then a long hike along the cliffside. There are actually two cable cars. The one that gives the best views and provides the cliffside walk is the Sanhuangzhai cable car. I have never made it farther than about 30 minutes walk out and 30 minutes back. However, I understand if you have some time, you can walk about 1.5 hours to a suspension bridge, across the bridge and walk another 30 minutes to Sanhuangzhi monastery (which you view from afar as you walk along the cliffside) and then after the monastery, about 30 minutes down to an exit. That is my plan for the next trip to Song Mountain, in 2020.