Other than spending the weekends (or weekdays) jogging in the park, there are other sweat-inducing outdoor activities you can do early in the morning. One of them, of course, happens to be hiking! Best of all, if you live within the Klang Valley area, you don’t have to travel far just for the hike. That said, here are 7 Hiking Trails You Can Check Out in Klang Valley.
1) Broga Hill @ Semenyih
No hiking trails in Klang Valley would be complete without nary a mention of Broga Hill. Located in Semenyih, the hill is a good start for both advanced hikers and first-timers. Of course, the latter would find this quite a challenge but hey, isn’t that what hiking is supposed to be all about? Depending on your physical endurance and stamina, the overall hike would take at least an hour or so to reach the top. And if possible, do arrive earlier to witness the spectacular view of the sunrise.
2) Bukit Gasing @ Petaling Jaya
Here’s another popular hiking spot that needs no introduction. This 100-hectare forest reserve has six different routes to choose from, which also includes the one with a rope bridge leading to another ravine. Expect the sight of the lush greenery and big trees lining the hill as you hike along the way.
3) Bukit Sri Bintang @ Kepong
Situated next to Desa Park City, Bukit Sri Bintang offers a good workout for solo trekkers and families. Spanning a distance of approximately 3.5 km, the trekkers are required to make a headstart at Jalan Seri Bintang 8 a.k.a. Jalan 11/36. Follow the trail until you reach a fork that separates into two different paths. But rest assured you won’t get lost since both paths lead to the higher point of the hill. Once you manage to hike past the tree lines, you will reach a more open area filled with tall grasses. From there, you have to climb the steep hill that peaks at around 155 metres (508.5 ft). Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic sight of Desa Park City.
4) Bukit Tabur @ Taman Melawati
This controversial hill may have its fair share of bad news including accidents and even deaths over the years. But that doesn’t stop lots of local and foreign hikers looking for a real challenge, especially when it involves trekking the treacherous trails and rocky surfaces of Bukit Tabur. Suffice to say, this is certainly not for everyone. There are two main trails you can attempt here, which includes Tabur West and Tabur East. The former is particularly popular among many hikers, and those can make it to the top would be rewarded with the magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur skyline. The total duration of climb may take around 3 hours. Keep in mind that Bukit Tabur isn’t really a public-friendly recreational hill. Which means you’ll need a hiking permit to climb Bukit Tabur. For more info, you can contact the Selangor Tengah District Forest Department at 03-9081 4918.
5) Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) @ Kepong
Never mind the fact that the famous FRIM Canopy Walkway has been permanently closed to the public since 2017. Rest assured there are plenty of other trails you can enjoy while trekking within the lush forest reserve. There are five trails in total you can explore here, with the Keruing Trail being the oldest one of all. Then, there’s Razak Walk — a 400 m trail that earned its reputation as the country’s first disabled-friendly trail. Do keep in mind that you are not allowed to hike the trails without a registered FRIM nature guide. You can find out more right here.
6) KL Forest Eco Park (Bukit Nanas) @ Kuala Lumpur
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, this park remains the only place where visitors get to explore the rainforest (for free!) within the ever-growing city of Kuala Lumpur. Located nearby KL Tower, one of the major attractions include the elevated canopy walks — a perfect spot for some Instagram-worthy moments and if you are lucky enough, you might spot a monkey or two hanging around the trees.
7) Saga Hill @ Taman Saga, Ampang
A wondrous sight of the waterfall or a breathtaking view at the hilltop? Depending on the routes, you will end up either of these spots at the end of your hiking trails. There are three different trails you may try here but keep in mind the overall 2-3 hours of hiking might be challenging for some individuals.
Have you hiked at any of these locations before? Let us know which is your favourite in the comments below!