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Hiking Trails in KL
This year has been so much about spending time at home. While it is for the greater good, I bet everyone is itching to get some Sun and be around nature. What best way to get that nature boost than by going on a hike? With having to still limit our movements, it’s best to go on trails that are close to you. Be sure to bring water with you when going on a hike. Use mosquito repellants and wearing long sleeves shirts and pants is a good idea too. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hiker, check out these trails for when you are in KL.
1. Taman Tugu
Nesting at the north of Taman Botani Perdana, Taman Tugu has the Tugu Negara in the south-west. It is approximately 5km of forest trails and is about 40 acres. There are up to 1000 trees that have been identified and tagged for preservation. There are 4 entrances that you can enter and exit from. There are also 3 different trails for you to explore that are about 1 km – 1.6 km long. This trail is perfect for families with small children too.
2. Bukit Gasing
Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve is located between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. It is the green belt that separates the two. It has multiple trails to choose from with various levels of difficulty. There are 2 entrances into their trail and one is in Petaling Jaya and another is in Kuala Lumpur. There are a lot of landmarks to see in Bukit Gasing such as the steel bridge, abandoned bungalows (that will be a great spot for your Instagram look), streams and a suspension bridge. There are a lot of stairs to conquer in Bukit Gasing as well so be sure to prepare for sore muscles the next day!
Website: Friends of Bukit Gasing
3. KL Forest Eco Park
Formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, KL Forest Eco Park is undoubtedly worth a visit. It is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in Malaysia. It now has an attractive 200m canopy walk open to visitors. It is a 1.6 km trail in the heart of the city. It surely is a sight for sore eyes in the concrete jungle. You can have a close view of the KL Tower from the forest too as it is located nearby the tower. It is also a place to be for some wildlife sightings in the city. Look out for monkeys and birds!
4. Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara is popular among hikers, trail runners and also cyclists. Its trails are versatile enough for all three activities. In addition to that, the trails are interesting making it people’s favourite fast. Surrounded by trees, a sure chance of seeing families of macaques, fallen trees to climb over and even going through bamboos, there is much to see along the trails. You will also meet friendly hikers enjoying their walk along the way. You can either go in from Mont Kiara or TTDI. Most of the areas are shady too making it a cool hike.
Website: Friends of Bukit Kiara
5. Bukit Dinding
Bukit Dinding, located in Wangsa Maju, stands at the height of 291m. It is one of the highest hills in KL. It has tarmac roads for you to walk on for your hikes. At the peak is two communication towers. It was once a rubber plantation and that is why there are still a lot of rubber trees in the forest that is continually being tapped until now. This trail is good for beginner hikers, families and loved by cyclists too.
Website: Friends of Bukit Dinding