You can read why in this Star newspaper article. It starts off quite steep for the first kilometre, then its a little less strenuous for the next 4 km to the top. It had become patently obvious now that there are a staggering number of ways to get up Penang Hill. The most popular route starts at the road near the entrance to Penang Botanical Gardens, which takes around 2 hours. Read on for all the details. The restaurant serves up traditional British pub fare like Beef Wellington, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, and tea and scones. There are two main landmarks when coming down this route: Station 3, the first one, which also has toilets may you need one. One way up to the peak of Penang Hill was 3 hours. Try to arrive around 7.15 pm, right before sunset, when the sky turns pink over George Town and the Straits of Melaka, casting long shadows and glittering light all over George Town. We love hiking in Penang Hill: we have already described how to strike off on one of its secret hiking trails, or why you should visit the Habitat Penang Hill and its interesting zipline Flight of the Colugo. Strict SOPs are in place. The trail was built by convict labourers of Indian descent from British Bencoolen. Change ). Don’t worry, as you can’t get lost: there are several red “Number 5” signs spray-painted on rocks and tree trunks along this side route. Look on your right, and you’ll find another path, and another set of steps, just a few meters before the other. To check when restrictions are lifted, visit the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Sembilan Facebook page. Western Hill is about a mile along the Summit Road from Penang Hill, but it is the site of an off-limits military radar station. The 3 1/2 km jeep track felt tougher than the forest trail. You should be able to see the first one exactly here on the rock to your left. It’s a tough climb over roots, vines and mud steps carved into the path. On the left side is a terrace with chairs where you can relax and have some views of Penang from the canopy. 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. Within minutes I was drenched. After 20 minutes, the path ended at an abandoned building. The start is a tough 30 minute uphill climb but that levels off to a moderate climb thereafter until you hit the final coup From this point, it’s roughly another 15 minutes hike down along a very well-marked path to Youth Park. 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. (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. In this post, we are going to suggest to you our favorite way to make your hiking trip to Station 5 at Moon Gate a most rewarding one. ( Log Out /  Many think that Penang’s only hiking trails in wild nature are to be found at Teluk Bahang National Park. Penang Ferry: Ultimate Guide to traveling by sea between George Town and Butterworth, The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Malaysian Driving License: Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial for Malaysians and Foreign Residents, The Ultimate Guide to Penang Street Art: Where to See Penang’s Best Mural Art in 2021, 16 Unmissable Perak Attractions: the Best Things to Do in Perak. For the latest info, go to the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur Facebook page. 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. I never made it there but had planned to. Yay! Blood Sweat and Tears: What I Learned about Friendship in Penang, Allen Tan shares his secrets on how to enjoy Penang’s Nature. The first route uses the road which is used by residents to drive up the hill. The presence of other ramblers assured me I wasn’t headed in the wrong direction. 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. Due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases within the state, hiking and other recreational activities in eco-park and state park forests within Kelantan have been suspended beginning Monday January 18th 2021 until further notice. Trekked up Moongate trail to the top of Penang Hill and learned a lot about perseverance! We hope you enjoyed your Penang Hill hike at Moon Gate Station 5! You will climb over tree roots and rocks, and you may help you up with the rope that is installed on the right hand of this new path until you’ll get to a point where it levels out straight, and your hike becomes a smoother affair. 11.20 Pass first bungalow 10.55 Exit onto jeep track Public parks managed by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Council) are open for public use under strict SOPs. This is right before you’ll see a concrete house set next to a small bridge on the left. 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. Apart from Western Hill, the other peaks that form Penang Hill include Bukit Laksamana, Tiger Hill, Bukit Bendera and Bukit Kerajaan. Announced by MPPJ, the temporary closure also extends to public parks, lake gardens, playgrounds and sports fields in the Petaling Jaya district. This moongate is located along the road to The Botanical Gardens. Moniot Road was one of the earliest bridle paths of Penang Hill that is of special historical and botanical interest. Moongate to Penang Hill Hiking trail in Kampung Masjid, Pulau Pinang (မလေးရှား). Ticket To Ride is a new travel show brought to you by BFM Radio. If you continue straight, you will make your hike a bit longer and not significantly easier, ending up at the back of Station 5. Penang Hill: Moongate trail only for advanced hikers - See 8,285 traveler reviews, 7,733 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. Being a moderately long hike, I prepared enough water to drink, some snacks and my camera. He said “Officially, it’s not open. Penang Hill Café. 9.35am Enter trail through Moongate Penang Hill comprises a hilly granite mass in the middle of Penang Island reaching an elevation of 833 meters (2723 ft) at Western Hill. You will reach a fork in the road where the steep side of Penang Hill joins with the track you are on. We asked about the Moongate Trail(s) specifically, since the website didn’t mention it was open. Very steep in the beginning and end but fairly smooth otherwise. There are some ropes to help you up — but no matter your level of fitness, this is the one part you will remember. 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. This part of the track is exposed and the sea air made it humid. Rapid Penang Bus #10 goes to the Botanical Gardens and pass by Moon Gate as well. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, which falls under the care of the Parks and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) is closed to the public beginning Wednesday January 13th 2021 until further notice due to the ongoing CMCO within the state. Past this, the stairs melted away and the hike returned to a more natural trail of red earth. A hike up Moongate 5 in Penang Island back in March. Stay up to date by visiting the Wawasan Forest Community Facebook page. Getting to Penang Hill Middle Station After the temple diversion, retrace your steps to the junction and continue uphill for another 5 to 10 minutes (depending on your speed) and you will have reached the middle of Penang Hill, and the end of the hike. 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. I am Marco, the travel writer behind this blog. ( Log Out /  The forest is a very dark place to be, even around 7.15 pm, so exercise caution and watch the time. Marco Ferrarese has lived in Penang since 2009 and is an expert on Malaysia and Borneo. 10.15am Leave rest area 5 One can take a hike up the Penang Hill from here. The hike consisted of 30 mins of continuous stair ascent to rest stop 5, followed by 1.5 hours of uneven slopes along rocky terrain, and then finished with a 30 min hike up continuous steep inclined slopes along the cemented jeep path (the moment we turned each corner, we saw a slope that's steeper than the … But don’t lose heart. 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 . Reading Time: 3 minutes Previously I’ve walked up Penang Hill, starting at the Penang Botanical Gardens.This time I decided to start at Moongate, especially given that it’s easy to park in the carpark a couple of minutes walk away, whereas the Botanical Gardens carpark is packed first thing in the morning. Due to the ongoing CMCO in Selangor, Gasing Hill will be closed to the public from Wednesday January 13th to Tuesday January 26th 2020. Kepong Botanical Park and the Forest Skywalk remain closed to the public from October 5th 2020 until further notice. You can drive to the parking lot at Youth Park or directly to the Botanical Gardens and walk back to Moon Gate entry, or you can catch a Grab here from George Town. 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. 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. 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. In accordance with the CMCO and its SOPs, Wawasan Hill is closed for hiking activities until further notice. 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. The path is clearly marked and supported by ropes wherever necessary, so no worries as you won’t lose your way. For Check in to the Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya Facebook page for changes. THE DETAILS OF STATION 5 PENANG HILL HIKE VIA MOON GATE. Area: Penang Hill is a group of peaks/hills which includes strawberry hill, flagstaff hill, Western hill, Tiger hill, government hill. Not my cup of tea. Check the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor Facebook page for changes. The Best Steamboat in Penang? 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). 10.10am Arrive at rest area 5 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. Hike level: medium, steep in places. And if by now you are hungry and need a big fat dinner, check out these 26 Great Penang Foods, and 80 best places where to find them. Taxis from Ayer Itam back to the city (Komtar) are RM30; I hopped on the 204 Rapid Penang bus for RM2 from opposite the Lower Station. 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). 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. Hey there! Alternately try Kopi Hutan. The Team Lead for this trail was Teh Wei Ee, an avid hiker and trail runner who live in Penang. I took this photo because I love the shape of the gate. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Check in at the Perbadanan Putrajaya Facebook page for the latest news. *blush, blush* I am not the athletic type, ok? 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. Don’t fear as it’s just 5 minutes walk from Moon Gate. No group activities are permitted, exercise should be conducted alone and facilities such as bike rental are closed for now. After briefly closing, public parks in Putrajaya have reopened as of Friday 15 January 2021. 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. ( Log Out /  But the truth is that The Moongate Trail was never closed. This is the Amazing Penang Hill Secret Hike Locals don’t want... 7 Reasons Why You should Visit the Habitat Penang Hill. Why? Despite good intentions, that Saturday morning I was running late. 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. Length 7.2 miElevation gain 2946 ftRoute type Out & back Walk down and to the left, and you’ll see the parking lot, your vehicle (if you have followed our parking suggestion), and the main Waterfall Temple Road to the Botanical Gardens. On a recent visit, that’s what I did. The simplest route is through the iconic Moongate, a historic gateway just 500m before the entrance to the Penang Botanic Gardens. Hike: For the adventurous, you can opt to hike up Penang Hill, as there are several trails that lead to the top. Penang Hill: Hike from the Moongate... - See 8,285 traveler reviews, 7,733 candid photos, and great deals for George Town, Malaysia, at Tripadvisor. But if you are wondering what to do in Penang Hill, remember that it also has plenty of hiking opportunities. Astaka Cliff Café. He gave us a paper map of Penang Hill and, on request, told us a bit about the open hiking trails. Here’s where the adventure starts: see the picture below for details. For the latest update, visit the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Johor Facebook page. Countless trails appeared to meet up and even intersect with my own trail before continuing uphill. Give Hong Kong-style Chicken Pot a try. The trekking route up to Station 5, however, uses a steep staircase which is really not ideal for the knees and for the views.eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'penang_insider_com-box-3','ezslot_4',103,'0','0'])); Are you really forced to climb up all those stairs? Moniot trail is named after Jules M. Moniot, who was the surveyor-general of the Straits Settlements at the time. While the urban park itself isn’t a hiking spot, Youth Park has been frequented by locals … 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… 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. Nor was Bukit Bendera the only destination or turning point for hikers, there’s Youth Park and Bukit Cendana. Starting Point : Moongate between Botanical Gardens and Youth Park Climb To : No. Hui hikes up Penang Hill trails via Moongate December 14, 2017 RedAnt ash be nimble fans in Penang, this post is for you, and the 1 million people living in KL who are actually from Penang if you’re from Penang and never hiked up the Hill, you should! With the adrenaline coursing through my veins at the very memory of breathtaking Taroko Gorge, I caught up with Ticket To Ride anchor Azura Rahman. The event was recent enough that the writing was still legible so I imagined would end up somewhere useful. Youth Park. 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. In the place of the former Penang Hill Hawker Centre, Astaka Bukit Bendera or Cliff Café is a spacious multi-storey pavilion with generous views of the city below! 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. Ni Min nak share dengan korang, kot-kot korang ada peluang ke Penang, nak hiking santai-santai, boleh la korang hike Bukit Bendera aka Penang Hill (833M). 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In those cases where you may be confused, always look for and follow the red “Number 5” marks. It’s really up to you, your timing, and your level of tiredness. The location of pre-independance Malaya’s first hill resort, Penang Hill is not one hill but a collection of peaks, of which the off-limits Western Hill is, at 833 meters the island’s highest point. You’ll find drinks at Station 5 Suggested hiking times: don’t start from Moon Gate after 5.45 pm if you are a slow hiker or want to have some time on top between ascending and descending. Get the latest info at the Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pahang Facebook page. Otherwise just call +60 124289 585 for the free shuttle service. For further info, particularly related to specific trails or parks, please do visit the respective official Facebook page. This route should take 2 to 3 hours. 4. Consider it as a nice treat after a good sweaty climb. 700 m climb I did yesterday from Moongate to the top of PEnang Hill via the Moniot Road. I have been living in Penang since 2009 and have written guidebooks to Malaysia and George Town for the Rough Guides. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Continue trekking and following the path. Flagstaff hill also known as bukit bendera or generally called Penang Hill is accessible by a funicular railway and a private jeep track. For sure you’ll have to earn your way up and work up a bit of sweat. The trek starting from Moon Gate (once the entrance to the home of millionaire Cheah Chen Eok) is certainly better known, but it remains one of the most pleasant and accessible Penang Hill Hikes, where you can see some of the endemic Malaysian wildlife. It was also pretty hot. Then the initiation begins – a half an hour of stairs. Briefly exposed to the elements, I just managed to catch a view of two colonial bungalows perched on the hill opposite before the dirt trench I was in curled back down into the jungle. 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. From this moment onwards, you will be able to walk pretty much on plain ground, making your way around the side of Penang Hill, and only occasionally going up an down over rocks and trees. The Moongate trail is one of the trails leading up to the peak of Penang Hill. (Penang Hikes lists all of them here.). It was only when I saw the metal archway of The Habitat that I knew I had arrived at the top of Penang Hill – just in time for lunch. 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. All activities within Permanent Forest Reserves such as hiking, off roading  and other recreational activities are prohibited during the MCO period. Permanent forest reserves in the state of Terengganu will be closed to the public from November 1st 2020 until February 28 2021. You will know that you have roughly reached the mid-point of this trek once you’ll climb upwards one-umpteenth time, to find a section of the path paved with concrete tiles. 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? The exception being the following places, which are managed separately. They can’t close it. Unsure of where to go, I simply followed the tarmac road up. 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. Completed in 1825, it became as one of the oldest tracks at Penang Hill. Once you have left the main path, continue upwards, where a very adventurous and steep climb welcomes you into Penang Hill’s real jungle. This was a brilliant hike up to the top of Penang Hill. Mostly flat with the gentlest of uphills, the only downhill section came around 10 minutes after a series of ginormous granite boulders. Another popular hiking route is from the Moongate, along Waterfall Road. For details and ongoing developments go to the Jabatan Perhilitan Semenanjung Malaysia Facebook page. Check back at the Friends of Bukit Gasing Facebook page. The entrance to this road is just to the left of the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. You can also read our selection of the best hikes in Penang Mainland. Eco-park and state park forests under the jurisdiction of the State Forestry Department of Johor are closed until January 26th 2021 to coincide with the onset of the monsoon season and to prevent the spread of Covid-19. A lovely trail hiking up Penang Hill from the Moongate entrance. Had I ducked in at Moniot turn off, the hill’s original bridal path turned Heritage Trail, the route would have been longer but more scenic. To start, go to Moon Gate and walk up the staircase beyond the arch. Judging by the narrow tyre tracks that intermittently appeared along the trail, the path was popular with mountain bikers too. 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. At the back are a few fitness machines, which have seen better days, but are good enough for some serious weight lifting and exercise. why you should visit the Habitat Penang Hill, Hiking in Penang Hill at Moon Gate: an alternative trekking route, The Final Ascent to Moon Gate Station 5 on Penang Hill, What to Do at Station 5 after your Penang Hill Hike at Moon Gate, 26 Great Penang Foods, and 80 best places where to find them, The Ultimate Guide to Avatar Penang Secret Garden. Occasionally a 4×4 or motorbike would whip past at breakneck speed. 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 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. Any form of exercise within the parks and recreational areas must be conducted alone and no group activities are permitted. We suggest you turn left and follow the track as it snakes upwards along the flanks of Penang Hill. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. I had only hiked once, when I was in my teens. Depending on the time of the day and the visibility, you’ll have some great picture opportunities here. Look for the point where you can see a big rock set to the left of a small side path which continues straight into the jungle along a green metallic fence. The highest point is 833m (2723 ft) altitude which is Western hill. All facilities will also be closed, excluding public toilets. 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. 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