Public parks managed by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Council) are open for public use under strict SOPs. ( Log Out /  Trekked up Moongate trail to the top of Penang Hill and learned a lot about perseverance! In order to start hiking up the correct alternative path to Station 5, at the bend described above, you will have to continue straight into the forest, instead of taking the left-hand path which ultimately turns into a nightmare of steps. They can’t close it. Getting there I took a taxi from Georgetown to Moon Gate on Waterfall Road / Jalan Kebun Bunga just outside the Botanical Gardens and got fleeced for RM18. It was also pretty hot. 10.35am Downhill stretch 10.10am Arrive at rest area 5 The entrance to this road is just to the left of the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. Here’s where the adventure starts: see the picture below for details. To keep up with developments, go to the Friends of Bukit Kiara Facebook page. Blood Sweat and Tears: What I Learned about Friendship in Penang, Allen Tan shares his secrets on how to enjoy Penang’s Nature. Occasionally a 4×4 or motorbike would whip past at breakneck speed. Why? For further info, particularly related to specific trails or parks, please do visit the respective official Facebook page. A hike up Moongate 5 in Penang Island back in March. Turn to the left and proceed up the forest path that immediately curls to the right, and then continue walking up until you hit another bend to the left. A short, flat but wide section offered respite and then … the trail’s first rest stop, Point 5. Nor was Bukit Bendera the only destination or turning point for hikers, there’s Youth Park and Bukit Cendana. He authored chapters on Malaysia and Brunei for the. Yay! Not my cup of tea. Don’t worry about having to bring food up to Penang Hill as there are cafes up here and they are open throughout the day (~9.00am to 7.00pm)! Starting Point : Moongate between Botanical Gardens and Youth Park Climb To : No. Area: Penang Hill is a group of peaks/hills which includes strawberry hill, flagstaff hill, Western hill, Tiger hill, government hill. The other route is the 'Jeep track', a tarmac road to the summit which is open only to the cars of residents who live on Penang Hill and other authorised vehicles. The Team Lead for this trail was Teh Wei Ee, an avid hiker and trail runner who live in Penang. All facilities will also be closed, excluding public toilets. If you turn right, you’ll arrive at the traffic light and crossroads in front of the Waterfall Hotel, with Jalan Gottlieb to your left. Click here to find out more about me and why I want to share my Penang knowledge with you. Look on your right, and you’ll find another path, and another set of steps, just a few meters before the other. The trail was built by convict labourers of Indian descent from British Bencoolen. The most popular route starts at the road near the entrance to Penang Botanical Gardens, which takes around 2 hours. Well, in fact no: there are at least two alternative trails that cut through the rainforest, are much more rewarding ways to hike to Station 5, and give you more chances to see some of Penang’s wildlife — macaques, the cute dusky leaf monkeys, and even some flying lemurs, if you are lucky. The path is clearly marked and supported by ropes wherever necessary, so no worries as you won’t lose your way. Depending on the time of the day and the visibility, you’ll have some great picture opportunities here. Hiking in Penang Hill at Moon Gate is a popular trek, but did you know that you can avoid the gruelling staircase, and strike off on a hidden jungle route? Although my calves and thighs burned, it was my heart and lungs  protesting the most. Post-hike reward Treat yourself at David Brown’s. All activities within Permanent Forest Reserves such as hiking, off roading  and other recreational activities are prohibited during the MCO period. Alternately try Kopi Hutan. Visit the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Terengganu Facebook page for updates. The simplest route is through the iconic Moongate, a historic gateway just 500m before the entrance to the Penang Botanic Gardens. There are two main landmarks when coming down this route: Station 3, the first one, which also has toilets may you need one. The upper limit of this hillside connects with the wide earthen road joining Moon Gate’s staircase to the left, and Station 5 to the right. I was invited on air by Adeline Choong to share my Coachella experience. Very steep in the beginning and end but fairly smooth otherwise. Ada dalam 5 trail utk hike, Min pilih yang Trailhead Moongate. Countless trails appeared to meet up and even intersect with my own trail before continuing uphill. All eco-park and state park forests in Selangor will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Wednesday 13th January 2020 until the Movement Control Order on the state has been lifted. Despite good intentions, that Saturday morning I was running late. We have dinner at the Cliff Cafe; because it was during the puasa month, most of … A large open area with a viewing point (but not much view) there were stalls (closed), an outdoor gym used by local fitness enthusiasts, and toilets. Moon Gate, Penang (2 June 2013) Moon Gate (GPS: 5.43567, 100.29278) is a heritage gateway along Jalan Kebun Bunga , on the way to the Penang Botanic Gardens . If you proceed straight, you will find two ways down: straight ahead is the staircase that brings you all the way down to the main arch at Moon Gate. You should be able to see the first one exactly here on the rock to your left. Hike duration: 25 to 45 minutes each way, depending on your level of fitness. Consider it as a nice treat after a good sweaty climb. If you continue straight, you will make your hike a bit longer and not significantly easier, ending up at the back of Station 5. Judging by the narrow tyre tracks that intermittently appeared along the trail, the path was popular with mountain bikers too. One can take a hike up the Penang Hill from here. Check in at the Perbadanan Putrajaya Facebook page for the latest news. The park is expected to reopen once the CMCO has been lifted or SOPs are changed. Unsure of where to go, I simply followed the tarmac road up. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Remember that, if taking this route, you will pass by Station 3 — similarly interesting and well-landscaped, but not nearly as well-manned and organized as Moon Gate Station 5 — and you will not return at Moon Gate, but at the basketball court in Youth Park. For details and ongoing developments go to the Jabatan Perhilitan Semenanjung Malaysia Facebook page. Penang Hill: Hike from the Moongate... - See 8,282 traveller reviews, 7,741 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. Completed in 1825, it became as one of the oldest tracks at Penang Hill. Over the years, a group of frequent hikers have turned this place into a real fancy rest stop, and to us, Station 5 is one of the best places to visit on Penang Hill. 4. Details on the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Kelantan Facebook page. Then the initiation begins – a half an hour of stairs. Hike: For the adventurous, you can opt to hike up Penang Hill, as there are several trails that lead to the top. Moniot Road was one of the earliest bridle paths of Penang Hill that is of special historical and botanical interest. Continue walking over this bridge, and in less than a minute the forest will open up again, and you’ll have arrived at Youth Park. At 783 meters, Bukit Bendera or Flagstaff Hill is 50 meters lower than that, and as one of Penang’s most popular tourist attractions, you’d think getting there would be a nothing more than a leisure hike. Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara has been closed from Wednesday January 13th 2020 until further notice following a decision made by Jabatan Lanskap Negara (National Landscape Department). I was with the same crowd, FH and Chai Ling, whom I went to Pantai Kerachut aka Monkey Beach hike with the addition of a new friend - Teng. Be prepared because, after the boulder, you are in for the toughest climb of the trek. Tip Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Hindu temple is situated on Gun Hill, the highest point on this part of Penang Hill, so be sure to go and stake your claim. Continue trekking and following the path. Read on for all the details. On a recent visit, that’s what I did. A lovely trail hiking up Penang Hill from the Moongate entrance. The basketball court is straight below you, next to the main paved road. You can also read our selection of the best hikes in Penang Mainland. He said “Officially, it’s not open. Penang Hill Café. Then the initiation begins – a half an hour of stairs. Strict SOPs are in place. The event was recent enough that the writing was still legible so I imagined would end up somewhere useful. Check back at the Friends of Bukit Gasing Facebook page. 11.35 Arrive at Penang Hill’s The Habitat and other attractions. Astaka Cliff Café. Be advised though, that this is not for weak-knees, unfit people or smokers. This moongate is located along the road to The Botanical Gardens. Moon Gate, once the grand entrance to the home of Penang millionaire Cheah Chen Eok, is where the trail starts, innocuously enough, along a pleasant forest track with the sounds of a burbling sound emanating nearby. Great views, comfort, and some exercise. Penang Hill: Nice place to visit - See 8,276 traveller reviews, 7,738 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. You will reach a fork in the road where the steep side of Penang Hill joins with the track you are on. Backtracking from Moon Gate Station 5 after some due rest and relaxation, you’ll return to the road you have reached at the end of your trek. But don’t lose heart. We suggest you turn left and follow the track as it snakes upwards along the flanks of Penang Hill. The highest point is 833m (2723 ft) altitude which is Western hill. But if you are wondering what to do in Penang Hill, remember that it also has plenty of hiking opportunities. Follow it: after descending along the side of the hill, you’ll come to face a huge boulder soaring on the right side of the path. We asked about the Moongate Trail(s) specifically, since the website didn’t mention it was open. Located on Strawberry Hill and surrounded by a beautiful floral garden and (on a clear day) amazing views, this former colonial bungalow was destroyed during WW2 but rebuilt and then restored. The exception being the following places, which are managed separately. Moon Gate Station 5 is where you want to stop after all this sweaty hiking. 1. This part of the track is exposed and the sea air made it humid. For more information, check the FRIM Facebook page. Length 7.2 miElevation gain 2946 ftRoute type Out & back The 3 1/2 km jeep track felt tougher than the forest trail. In those cases where you may be confused, always look for and follow the red “Number 5” marks. 11.20 Pass first bungalow Fortunately within half an hour (although it seemed longer) the first few colonial bungalows came into view: the eerie outline of an abandoned building; Grace Dieu previously Uplands Kindergarten; and Richmond, a government bungalow that’s available for rent. I never made it there but had planned to. The Moongate trail is one of the trails leading up to the peak of Penang Hill. 10.55 Exit onto jeep track The start is a tough 30 minute uphill climb but that levels off to a moderate climb thereafter until you hit the final coup The entrance of the hill is located at the Penang Botanical Garden, very easy to find with the awesome entrance gate out front, and parking is actually by the roadside (let's hope no saman). Moon Gate is situated along the road to the Botanical Gardens, on the left side of the road, and about 200mt before the gardens’ main parking lot. A further announcement dates December 31s 2020 reiterates this decision owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state and the ongoing CMCO in Selangor. The presence of other ramblers assured me I wasn’t headed in the wrong direction. If you are a height junky, the Penang Forest Hill Challenge from Teluk Bahang to Penang Hill enables you to pass close to the top of Western Hill… One route is a jungle trail beginning at the Moongate (a circular-shaped entrance on your left hand side as you approach the carpark to the Botanic Gardens). Within minutes I was drenched. (Penang Hikes lists all of them here.). To check when restrictions are lifted, visit the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Sembilan Facebook page. For the latest info, go to the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur Facebook page. 5 rest area Ending Point : Moongate between Botanical Gardens and Youth Park Estimated Time Required : 1 hour for a round trip Difficulty : 6 out of 10 ( Log Out /  Taman Negara Pahang which falls under the care of the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Perhilitan) has reopened as of October 23rd 2020. Penang Hill: Hike from the Moongate... - See 8,285 traveler reviews, 7,733 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. Hike level: medium, steep in places. Many think that Penang’s only hiking trails in wild nature are to be found at Teluk Bahang National Park. Any form of exercise within the parks and recreational areas must be conducted alone and no group activities are permitted. ( Log Out /  The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. I took this photo because I love the shape of the gate. Past this, the stairs melted away and the hike returned to a more natural trail of red earth. Marco Ferrarese has lived in Penang since 2009 and is an expert on Malaysia and Borneo. Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) Since 1700, Penang Hill has a great history being the oldest British hill … Serving up tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes, it’s located at Monkey Cup Garden and takes another 20-30 minutes walk from the Upper Station. By the time I had bagged a taxi, which were hard to come by, and arrived at Moon Gate near the Botanical Gardens, I was 30 minutes behind schedule and RM18 poorer. 9.35am Enter trail through Moongate But the truth is that The Moongate Trail was never closed. One way up to the peak of Penang Hill was 3 hours. After reopening to the public on Wednesday 9th December 2020, Taman Tugu is now closed from Wednesday 13th January 2021 until further notice following the announcement of the most recent Movement Control Order. Get the latest info at the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pahang Facebook page. This is the way we suggest you use to descend from Station 5. This is the Amazing Penang Hill Secret Hike Locals don’t want... 7 Reasons Why You should Visit the Habitat Penang Hill. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Rapid Penang Bus #10 goes to the Botanical Gardens and pass by Moon Gate as well. Check the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor Facebook page for changes. Permanent forest reserves in the state of Terengganu will be closed to the public from November 1st 2020 until February 28 2021. This is right before you’ll see a concrete house set next to a small bridge on the left. The forest is a very dark place to be, even around 7.15 pm, so exercise caution and watch the time. Another popular hiking route is from the Moongate, along Waterfall Road. Due to the current CMCO, all eco-forest parks managed by the Perak State Forestry Department will be closed to the public from November 9th 2020 until further notice. It has too many exits.” It’s a tough climb over roots, vines and mud steps carved into the path. Ever since I had taken the funicular train up Penang Hill, I had harboured the ambition to hike my way to the top. Take all the time you need here — but remember that it’s quite hazardous to stay well after 7 pm, as otherwise, you’ll end up hiking down in the dark. Change ). From this point, it’s roughly another 15 minutes hike down along a very well-marked path to Youth Park. It is the gateway to the 19th Century country house of Cheah Chen Eok, the famous millionaire best remembered for building the Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower at the Esplanade to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the monarch. Announced by MPPJ, the temporary closure also extends to public parks, lake gardens, playgrounds and sports fields in the Petaling Jaya district. For Check in to the Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya Facebook page for changes. I am Marco, the travel writer behind this blog. But as we don’t suggest you take this route up, we think you also shouldn’t use it to hike down. The descent is easy along stairs and a well-manned hiking trail What to bring: a change of shirt, for you’ll sweat profusely, and some water. As one last pointer, remember that after the shortcuts, you’ll arrive at a pretty steep slant in the path that cuts through dense forest. It’s a good place to stop and observe the surrounding nature: bats live in the hollow between the base of the rock and the forest’s floor, and occasionally swarm out, making for an interesting site. More Penang Hill via Moongate is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Penang, Penang, Malaysia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. But you’d be wrong. The restaurant serves up traditional British pub fare like Beef Wellington, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, and tea and scones. Penang Hill: Moongate trail only for advanced hikers - See 8,283 traveler reviews, 7,741 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. HIKING PENANG HILL 833M + LANGUR WAY CANOPY WALK + CURTIS CREST TREE TOP WALK. Getting back Penang Hill Railway costs RM5 one way for Malaysians and RM15 for non-Malaysians. THE DETAILS OF STATION 5 PENANG HILL HIKE VIA MOON GATE, Hike duration: 25 to 45 minutes each way, depending on your level of fitness Hike level: medium, steep in places. Operation hours are between 7am and 7pm only. It’s a bit on the pricey side – my Fish and Chips was RM50 before tax – but that’s not uncommon for hill retreats with limited accessibility. Once you have left the main path, continue upwards, where a very adventurous and steep climb welcomes you into Penang Hill’s real jungle. We hope you enjoyed your Penang Hill hike at Moon Gate Station 5! The second is right below Station 3, after the road curls down to the right, and opens up over a very scenic view of Penang’s northern coast extending all the way to Bukit Mertajam to the east, and Gunung Jerai in Kedah to the west. 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