If you're planning to explore the great outdoors after staying home for a long period of time, hiking is your answer! Whether you're aiming to conquer Broga Hill or Setia Alam Community Trail at your own pace, here are some of the best hiking trails in Selangor that are perfect for beginners ?
Essential tips you need to know before hiking
- Wear a long sleeve shirt and pants to avoid getting cuts from hiking
- Bring a foldable walking stick because you might need it on your journey down
- Put on mosquito repellent before your hike
- Carry a torchlight or wear hiking headlamps if you're planning an early morning hike
- Pack light because you don't want your bag to weigh you down
- Wear hiking shoes with good traction
- Practice physical distancing and keep a one-meter distance from other hikers
- If you're not feeling well, we recommend staying home
Update: Starting 11 March 2021, all hiking trails in Selangor are allowed to reopen including forests, permanent forest reserves, and recreational forests managed by Selangor forestry department. We recommend hikers to keep a one-meter distance from other hikers and stay home if you're feeling unwell.
We're pretty sure you've seen Broga Hill in the Instagram feeds of your Malaysian friends. Known as 'Bukit Lalang', Broga Hill is a nature spot in Semenyih that is widely frequented by nature lovers, hikers, trail runners and photographers. Most of them will arrive at dawn to admire the incredible panoramic view.
Reaching the skies at 400 meters high, trekking up Broga Hill is not too difficult as the trail is pretty straight forward with only moderate slopes. A word of caution, it can be quite crowded during the weekends and public holidays, so if you can manage it, try going up during a weekday. You should also come prepared with water bottles, adequate cover and a ton of sunscreen as the hill doesn’t have much in the way of coverage so you’ll be exposed to the sun.
Address: Broga Hills, Jalan Broga, Selangor
Entrance fee: RM2 per pax, RM1 per vehicle
Duration: 1-2 hours (both ways)
2. Bukit Besi, Cheras
We don’t talk about Bukit Besi as much as other hiking trails in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, but it does deserve a spotlight. To experience it yourself, head over to the road beside Altitude 236 Condominium (opposite OCBC Alam Damai) and walk until you reach the water reservoir tank. Turn right and continue walking until you see the city view.
The path will get steeper as you go along (and you’ll come across muddy steps after a rainy day), but nothing can stop a determined hiker from reaching the vantage point. Bukit Besi has clear hiking pathways, and it’s best to stick to it. Besides the few checkpoints that you can explore, remember that the higher you go, the better the view!
Address: Bukit Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras, Selangor
Duration: 2 hours (both ways)
3. Bukit Serdang Trail
If you're new to hiking, Bukit Serdang Trail is a good place to start. Situated near Seri Kembangan, this 5KM trail is relatively easy and makes a great training ground for beginners. It may take about 15 minutes to reach the Sunrise Peak, but we recommend getting a map, so your route won't be swayed by different junctions. Meowtainpeople has a map of Bukit Serdang Trail complete with visual guides, which is easy to follow. So do check it out before you conquer this easy hiking trail in Selangor!
Address: Rizab Melayu Sungai Kuyoh, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Duration: 15 - 30 minutes (one-way)
4. Bukit Gasing
There’s nothing quite like exploring one of the city’s remaining ‘green lungs’, and we’re talking about Bukit Gasing. If you’re new to this hill of many trails, come during the weekends when it’s packed with hiking enthusiasts (they’d be happy to point you to the right direction in case you got lost). Otherwise, you can get your peace and quiet on weekday mornings too.
Follow the trail and spot a hanging bridge, an Indian temple, and huge leafy trees along the way. What this place lacks in facilities such as toilets, tap water, and parking spaces, they make up with good hiking paths with clear directions.
Address: Bukit Gasing Forest Park, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Duration: 2 hours (both ways)
5. Setia Alam Community Trail
Update: As of 11 March 2021, Setia Alam Community Trail is temporarily closed
Wrapping up our list of easy hiking trails in Selangor is Setia Alam Community Trail. Situated near the residential area of Setia Eco Park, this trail is popular among families. If you're taking on this trail as a beginner, we recommend following Route A. Although you're likely to find more hikers along this route, the ascends are less steep. For a sneak peek of the trail, do visit Anna Evening's website that comes with a trail map and visual guide for Route A!
Address: Setia Eco-park, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Duration: 1-1.5 hour (return)
If you're planning to reconnect with mother nature, it's time to explore these easy hiking trails in Selangor! Take the chance to swap the sights of concrete jungle with tall trees and fresh air ?