10 Hiking Trails In KL That Are Perfect For Intrepid Hikers

The perfect place to channel that adrenaline rush
By: Balqis Ariffin
October 28, 2021

Isn’t it wonderful? Surrounded by nature and fresh air after weeks of juggling with work? Plus, it’s definitely a sight to behold compared to staring at the plain four walls. Although KL might not be the first thing that comes to mind whenever you think about hiking trails, lush forests and cascading waterfalls. Actually, you don’t necessarily have to travel far out of the city just to experience the beauty of nature. There are tons of hidden hiking trails all over KL that the local people visit frequently. If you’re one of those adventurous souls that just want to escape the hustle and bustle of fast paced life, you will surely find this list handy. Whether you’re a novice or advanced hiker, these hiking trails in KL are perfect for some adventurous activities during the weekend. So, go ahead scroll down to the list that Glitz has created just for you.

Visit These Best Hiking Trails in KL To Escape the City Life

1.Bukit Broga, Semenyih

On top of the list is Bukit Broga which is one of the famous hiking trails in Klang Valley. Although the trails are somewhat steep and slippery, it is suitable for beginners too. Once you’re on top, you will get an undisrupted view of the city. It is usually jam-packed during the weekend, so we recommend that you plan out the schedule accordingly. Plus, be sure to climb this hill early in the morning so you can enjoy sunrise at its peak. 

Location43500 Semenyih, Selangor
Duration of climb1 – 2.5 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

2. Bukit Kiara Park

Bukit Kiara Park features a myriad of activities including hiking trails, mountain biking, jogging and picnic, making it a perfect place to hang out with your friends or family. Particularly for hiking trails, you can find various tracks and roads. The Kiara Hill Walk is a 5KM trail with mostly steep and challenging tracks. Whereas the Bukit Kiara Trail offers a slightly less adventurous trail with 2KM one way.

HeightHill Walk (480 feet) and  Bukit Kiara Trail (191 feet)
Duration of climb1 – 2 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

3. Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya

If you’re looking for the best hiking trails in KL for jungle trekking, Bukit Gasing is a hidden retreat that not many people know about. It has a scenic view including the one with a suspension bridge. There are multiple tracks that you can select depending on the difficulty level. For those who want an adrenaline rush, we recommend you set on the Killer Stretch which features a longer track with a steep climb. On the contrary, it also has another route which only takes about 20 minutes to climb. 

Duration of climb1 – 2 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

4. Saga Hill

Saga Hill or commonly known by the locals as Apek Hill is the go-to place for urbanites who want to seek solitude in the wilderness. It has multiple entry points including Cheras and Ampang. Plus, these trails also offer different levels of difficulty and distance. So, we suggest that you select a suitable route beforehand. Near the peak, there’s a makeshift gym and you can even enjoy a dip at the waterfalls.

Duration of climb2- 3 hours
Difficulty levelModerate

5. Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong

Nestled beside the Desa Park City, Bukit Sri Bintang is not only loved by many for its challenging route, but the view is just utterly breathtaking. The best part is that it’s only a stone’s throw away, so you can easily enjoy a hike whenever you want. But be wary though, as you might encounter some monkeys. Some parts of the trails are quite challenging including a steep slope but it’s still ideal for beginners. 

Height 155m
Duration of climb 1.5 – 2 hours
Difficulty levelModerate

6. Bukit Besi

Bukit Besi is one of the most popular hiking trails in KL for beginners and advanced climbers. Although the route is rather short, it will definitely get you all pumped up. This hill offers stunning scenery of the city and you can even opt for a late night climb to enjoy a panoramic night view. However, remember to bring the necessary protective gear and flashlight too if you wish to hike at night. 

Duration of climb1.5 – 2 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

7. KL Forest Eco Park

Previously known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, KL Forest Eco Park is a hidden retreat that is located at the heart of KL. Unlike other hiking trails in KL, it’s perfect for those who prefer a casual hike or jog. This 22-acre park is also one of the oldest reserves in Malaysia. It is famously known for its Canopy Walk which offers a spectacular view of the KL city. Make sure to snap a few photos for the gram too. 

Duration of climb1 hour
Difficulty levelEasy

8. Bukit Dinding, Wangsa Maju

Honestly not all hiking trails in KL are suitable for all ages and novices, as they often have steep slopes and slippery trails. So, where do you go when you need a place to hike with your family? Luckily Bukit Dinding is the perfect place for that! It is usually jam-packed with families during the weekend. Plus, the trails are also paved with concrete, with only minor steep tracks. However, you might not be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the KL skyline, but you can expect lush greenery welcoming you there. 

LocationJalan 6/27a, Bukit Dinding, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Duration of climb1 – 1.5 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

9. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong

At Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), you can enjoy a plethora of activities including jogging, cycling, hiking and picnic. They have multiple routes for hiking, in which you can also opt for the one that leads to the waterfalls and streams. Besides that, if you prefer a track with Canopy Walk, make sure to purchase a ticket beforehand at the One Stop Centre. The trails are suitable for casual walks and intrepid hikers. There’s an entrance fee for those who wish to visit this place. 

Duration of climb 1- 2 hours
Difficulty levelEasy 

10. Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve

The next spot on our list of the best hiking trails in KL is Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve or also known as Puchong Hill. It features a 2.8-kilometre track with a route leading to a waterfall. But be prepared since the trail to the waterfall is more challenging and requires approximately one hour to reach. Plus, there’s also a pond, Blue Lagoon but hikers are advised to stay away from the place for conservation purposes. 

Duration of climb1 – 2 hours
Difficulty levelEasy

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