Bukit Gas­ing For­est Park, Klang Val­ley

This ‘green lung’ in the city of­fers out­door lovers and na­ture en­thu­si­asts the chance to go on a hike and en­joy fresh air.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel - By MING TEOH star2­travel@thes­tar.com.my

NES­TLED be­tween Se­lan­gor and Kuala Lumpur is Bukit Gas­ing For­est Park, one of the few “green lungs” of Petaling Jaya that is hugely pop­u­lar among hik­ing en­thu­si­asts.

There are two en­trances to the park: The one that is com­monly known as the main en­trance has an arch and is lo­cated in PJ, while the “back en­trance” is on the KL side. This makes the place eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from both states.

There are no fees for hik­ing here, but as al­ways, the rules of na­ture ap­ply – “take noth­ing but pho­to­graphs, leave noth­ing but foot­prints”.

In other words, don’t pol­lute the area.

Why you should go

Hik­ing is a fun, healthy ac­tiv­ity that you can do with your fam­ily and friends. Whether you pre­fer a one-hour quickie hike or a longer two-hour hike, this is a suit­able place to check out.

What to do

There are many hik­ing trails to choose from. They range from easy to mod­er­ate in terms of dif­fi­culty. each trail takes one to two hours to com­plete. The trails lead to a sus­pen­sion bridge, watch tower, and Hindu tem­ple. A river runs through the for­est and you can trek us­ing it as your path.

In the dry sea­son, part of the river bed ac­tu­ally be­comes the path. As al­ways, re­mem­ber to stay safe and don’t river trek if there is too much wa­ter.

Who will like it

Out­door and hik­ing en­thu­si­asts of all ages will en­joy Bukit Gas­ing For­est Park. There are dif­fer­ent trails for hik­ers of dif­fer­ent lev­els. Pet own­ers might also en­joy hik­ing here with their furry ones. Do re­mem­ber to pick up the poop, should your dog de­cide to do its busi­ness along the trail.

Na­ture lovers might find in­ter­est­ing species of flora and fauna here too. If you en­joy na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy, this is also a good place to head to.

Get­ting there

It is quite easy to get to the main en­trance by car or bike if you live any­where within the Klang Val­ley. Get a Grab car or Uber to the place if you’re not driv­ing, or even a taxi.

How­ever, do take note that it could be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to flag down a cab from the park to get to your next des­ti­na­tion.

If you’re us­ing Waze or Google Maps to drive there, look for “Hu­tan Pen­didikan Bukit Gas­ing”. The GPS co­or­di­nates are: 3.095138, 101.656131.

Bukit Gas­ing For­est Park

Ad­dress: Bukit Gas­ing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor Web­site: www.buk­it­gas­ing.org/ buk­it­gas­ing­forest­park.htm

There are many trails at Gas­ing Hill For­est Park, rang­ing from easy to mod­er­ately dif­fi­cult. Some of them have steps lead­ing up the hill.

— Pho­tos: CHRISTINA LOW/The Star

Lush green­ery, a beau­ti­ful stream that grows into a river, and more wel­come hik­ers at Gas­ing Hill For­est Park, Petaling Jaya.

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