Hiking In Kuala Lumpur: A Guide Around Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya

Take a morning hike up Bukit Gasing
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
November 23, 2022

Due to its proximity to densely populated places, Bukit Gasing is a well-liked location for locals to get some exercise. Previously a rubber plantation, the park has been transformed into a lush secondary forest with some rather huge trees thanks to the wonderful restoring abilities of nature and the subsequent 60 years. Bukit Gasing park offers a variety of hiking paths for people of all energies and athletic ability

Discover this 4.3-kilometer circular route as it requires an average of 1 hour and 42 minutes to accomplish this course, which is often regarded as fairly difficult. Since mountain biking, long distance runs, and trekking are all fairly popular activities here, you can stumble across other individuals while exploring. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year. But don’t worry, Glitz has gathered the necessary details below to guide you on your first hike in Bukit Gasing.

Bukit Gasing Entrances

Bukit Gasing, located halfway around Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, has two entrances. Petaling Jaya serves as the primary entry, while Kuala Lumpur serves as the secondary access.

1. Via Petaling Jaya

There is a shortage of parking spaces at the Petaling Jaya entrance. Therefore, if you’re going in a big group, it would be better if you carpooled with your pals. If not, I would advise using Kuala Lumpur’s side entrance, which has plenty of parking. Skip the yellow lines because they are strictly enforced there.

2. Via Taman Rimba, Bukit Kerinchi 

By default, Waze or Google Maps will take you to the Petaling Jaya entry if you type in “Bukit Gasing.” Therefore, individuals who want to park at Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi should enter “Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi” in your Waze or Google Maps. 

3. Via Pantai Hill Park 

If the main entrance is just too packed, or if you want another starting point for your hiking trail, enter through the Pantai Hill Park entrance. This trial starts opposite of Saville @ The Park, Bangsar. So if you live near Bangsar, this is the best spot for you to get to Bukit Gasing. This entrance has a lot more parking spaces available along the way compared to the main entrance. 

4. Via The Indian Temple

There is also an entrance to the Bukit Gasing hiking trail behind the Maha Sivan Alayam Temple. You would need to enter from behind TM Bukit Gasing as this entrance is right next to the temple. 

5. Via The Suspension Bridge 

Another option is to enter the trail via the suspension bridge. It is right next to the suspension bridge but since it is in a residential area, you won’t be able to park your car anywhere near there. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a friend or family member staying in the area! If not you can always park somewhere else and walk towards this entrance of the Bukit Gasing hiking trail.

Get An Online Map

You will need to first download the trail map if you want to before we get into the many attractions and locations along Bukit Gasing Trails. But it’s also okay if you’d rather not. In Bukit Gasing, helpful hikers will be happy to direct you. Alternatively, depending on where you’re headed, you can follow the arrows. 

However, the trail maps can also be deceptive and perplexing but are excellent for providing you with a general idea of the routes. You may also join Friends Of Bukit Gasing (FOBG) on Facebook to obtain a copy of the trail map and stay up to date on trail-related information.

Attractions At Bukit Gasing

1. Steel Bridge

This charming steel bridge will undoubtedly be crossed by visitors entering through the Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi (KL) gate. It should not be mistaken with the suspension bridge because they are totally unrelated. Important to specify a steel or suspension bridge when asking for directions; otherwise, you can end up being sent to the wrong bridge. 

2. Hindu Temple

The Hindu temple is situated on Bukit Gasing in a somewhat remote area. There were countless monkeys on the telecom tower and basically no active hikers in sight. Be aware that there are several trails that have diverged here, so be careful to stay on track and avoid getting lost.

3. River Streams

Walking up to the Hindu temple requires you to cross a few wooden walkways and crystal-clear rivers. When travelling to the suspension bridge from the KL entry, make sure to walk around the place so you don’t regrettably miss as many streams. 

4. The Abandon House

The deserted home is perhaps Bukit Gasing’s second or third most Instagrammable location. There are really two abandoned structures here, but people always go toward this big one. 

5. The Suspension Bridge

The suspension bridge is not the least, though. The suspension bridge was the main reason that most tourists ascended Bukit Gasing. Don’t worry, it has undergone high maintenance and appears to be quite durable.

6. Jam And Kaya Cafe 

If you are feeling hungry after your hiking trail, then visit the many cafes that surround the area of Bukit Gasing! Jam and Kaya Cafe is an adorable cafe that serves yummy treats for everyone! Whether you are craving pancakes or a cup of hot chocolate, this is the cafe to chill at after a tiring hike. It is also a great place to have brunch if you plan to go on a hike in the morning as well. 

Things To Consider At Bukit Gasing

  • Get yourself the online trail map. 
  • Keep an eye on your possessions because there have been a few robberies. 
  • Near the Hindu temple, there are a lot of monkeys, and they can make very alarming noises. 
  • Be there really early. Weekends will be packed. Most experts recommended 6:30 to 7:00 am. 
  • If you get lost, always ask kind hikers for directions. 
  • There are several shortcuts, and most of them are quite steep slopes. Do proceed with care. When unsure, go back. 
  • Avoid hiking during the rainfall since the trails will be slick and muddy. 
  • Bring ointment or balm for insects or mosquitoes.

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