Never judge a book by its cover, or a hill by it’s height. At a mere 120 meters above sea level, Bukit Jugra doesn’t seem like an obvious hiking destination. Yet, rising out of the monotony of monoculture, this virgin forest covered hill surprises for its dramatic views and short but sweaty challenge.
Located in Hulu Langat, not far from the turn off to Gabai Waterfall, the hike up Gunung Hitam is not unlike a condensed version of the hike up Nuang. Shorter by 5km, it must be steeper, because what it lacks in distance it makes up for in calf-shredding inclines.
When I think of Kemensah in Ampang I imagine Bukit Tabur. The Kemensah trail is different. Rather than hike up and along the country’s longest quartz ridge, it wanders its foothills through forests, small fruit orchards and an orang asli village, to provide a different vantage point of this landmark.
My family lived in the Ampang area of Selangor in the 90s, yet this was the first time I had hiked up to its old reservoir at Bukit Kembara. Taking under 2 hours roundtrip, it makes for a rewarding urban hike.
Around the same time every year I get this desperate need to escape. 2017 was no different, and since my nephew and niece didn’t get their perfect Christmas holiday to Legoland Johor, I arranged a last minute getaway to The Sticks.
Goodbye 2016! Hello 2017! I may not have gotten to see the fireworks as I was already in bed, but that’s because I had tradition to uphold – my annual New Year’s Day hike. This year it was along beautiful Sungai Pisang.
Located in Setia Alam, Shah Alam Community Forest (SACF) covers 430 acres of land and is criss crossed by 15 kilometers of intersecting trails, and punctuated by panoramic vistas and wetland areas.
Most forest users, particularly beginners to hiking and the area opt for Route A, the most direct way to Peak Garden’s lookout point. Seeking to maximise KL Hikers‘ adventures, Nix Leong and Cyril Wong plotted a more challenging 12 kilometre path via the much longer and sometime confusing Route B.