12 Scenic Hiking Trails near Kuala-Lumpur



Itching to get some fresh air and a good sweat after being cooped up indoors for the past few weeks? Check out our list of scenic hiking trails around KL for you to get the adrenaline rush you need and be rewarded with beautiful views from the top!


We've categorized the trails based on hiking difficulty, so whether you're a beginner with little hiking experience or an enthusiast looking for a challenge - you'll find a trail for you from this list!






 

Our favourite hiking spots in and around KL:

  1. Bukit Broga, Semenyih

  2. Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya

  3. Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong

  4. Chiling Waterfall

  5. KL Forest Eco Park

  6. Bukit Saga, Ampang

  7. Bukit Dinding, Wangsa Maju

  8. FRIM, Kepong

  9. Taman Tugu, KL

  10. Bukit Kutu, Kuala Kubu Bahru

  11. FRIM Forest Skywalk

  12. Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat


Hiking Trails And Nature Walks Around KL

1. Bukit Broga, Semenyih


Broga Hill is an easy favourite for those looking for a fun hike with friends or family! Most hikers choose to start their hike as early as 4am to catch the sunrise at the top. There's nothing like seeing the sky change colours as you get closer to the peak!: be sure to pack your torchlight if you're starting your hike before the sun goes up.


  • Height: 400m

  • Hike time: 2 - 2.5 hours

  • Difficulty level: Easy




2. Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya




Bukit Gasing is popular amongst residents in the neighbourhood, and offers multiple routes suited for hikers of different capabilities. If you're not very confident of your stamina, you can always opt for the easiest route - a 20 minutes hike towards a watch tower, where you can continue on to the suspension bridge ahead. For those who'd like to sweat a bit more, challenge yourself to the steep flight of steps called the "Killer Stretch" that will reward you with some sore legs the morning after.

  • Height: 160m

  • Hike time: 1 - 2 hours

  • Difficulty level: Easy




3. Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong


This hill in Kepong (located just a short drive away from Desa Park City) offers a bird's eye view of the Mont Kiara landscape from the top, and is a good practice hill for novice hikers. This little hill is a perfect urban morning hike for those hoping for a good sweat without having to drive too far out. You can catch beautiful a beautiful sunrise or sunset from the summit!: you may be joined by naughty monkeys on your hike! Bring along a stick to fend them off if you're afraid.

  • Height: 155m

  • Hike time: 1.5 hours

  • Difficulty level: Moderate



4. Chiling Waterfall



The Chiling Falls can be reached after a fun and adventurous trek along Chiling River. The trek is hardly a hike and can be considered a nice walk instead, though do note you'll have to cross the river multiple times, so make sure you dress accordingly, and put on appropriate footwear (the depth of the river can be up to your waist). Plus point of this 'hike' as compared to others on the list? You'll be in an actual jungle, surrounded by butterflies, fish, and monkeys! You can also pack a mat and food for a picnic by the falls.

  • Height: 400m

  • Hike time: 2 hours

  • Difficulty level: Easy



5. KL Forest Eco Park



The KL Forest Eco Park (formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) is nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, just a stone's throw away from KL Tower. Known as the green lung of the city, it's one of the oldest forest reserves in the country, and is perfect if you're looking for a morning away from the hustle and bustle of KL.


This park is great for a casual hike - our favourite spot is the Canopy Walk, a wood-and-steel aerial bridge that offers sweeping views of the KL skyline!

  • Usual duration of visit: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Opening hours: 7AM- 6PM daily




6. Saga Hill



A lot of hikers hoping to climb Gunung Tahan or Mount Kinabalu do their training hikes at Bukit Saga! There are multiple trails at this hill, but all are well-marked and well-trodden. When you reach the top, you'll be greeted by an open space with rest huts, hammocks, a playground, as well as a changing room and an exercise corner. If you're still up for more sweating upon reaching the summit, you can continue your hike towards a couple of small waterfalls ahead.


  • Height: 410m

  • Hike time: 2 - 3 hours

  • Difficulty level: Moderate


7. Bukit Dinding, Wangsa Maju



This one's an easy one that's great for people of all stamina levels and ages! In fact, you'll likely see many young families hiking up Bukit Dinding with their children in hand (or in their arms!). Standing at 291m, Bukit Dinding is one of the highest hills in KL. Great thing about this hill is that it's trail is completely paved - it's essentially a concrete tarmac road. Though promising mostly a steady and straightforward climb, it's steep in some sections and will give you a good sweat! Unfortunately the views from the hill are mostly obscured by trees, so there isn't much of a view even at the summit.

  • Height: 291m

  • Hike time: 1.5 hours

  • Difficulty level: Easy





8. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong




FRIM is one of our favourite places to head to when we're craving for some fresh air. Founded in 1929, FRIM is one of the leading natural forestry research institutes in the world. The space offers a lot to explore, including trails leading up to waterfalls, flat areas to bike around, small streams, little bridges along the trek, and more. If you'd like to get up-close and personal with nature, here's the place to be.

  • Usual duration of visit: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Opening hours: 6AM - 6PM

  • Entrance fee: RM1 (Malaysians 13 & above), RM5 (Non Malaysians)


9. Taman Tugu




Taman Tugu is a great family-friendly hiking trail that's easy to conquer even for children and beginner hikers! Located near the iconic Tugu Negara in the heart of KL, it consists of approximately 5km of forest trails that are open daily to public with free admission. The site is well-preserved in partnership with FRIM, and over 1,000 trees (including indigenous species) have been identified and tagged for preservation.


  • Hike time: 45 minutes

  • Difficulty level: Easy

  • Entrance fee: FREE


10. Bukit Kutu


Photo Credits: @clarise_te


Standing 1,053 metres tall in the town of Kuala Kubu Bahru, Selangor, Bukit Kutu is a moderate hike that will take you about 3 - 4 hours to conquer. The hill offers breathtaking scenery from the top including panoramic view of clouds, valleys, and mountains. The hike would require good stamina as there are some steep climbs that may be challenging for new hikers.

  • Height: 1,053m

  • Hike time: 3 - 4 hours

  • Difficulty level: Moderate




11. FRIM Forest Skywalk


The FRIM Forest Skywalk is a hot new nature walk spot in KL! Located just 30 minutes from the KL City Centre at the Kepong Botanical Gardens, this newly opened skywalk is suspended 50-metres over the forest floor and spans 260 metres long. Head to the special viewing tower for stunning views of the KL city skyline and lush tree canopies!


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 150 people will be allowed to trek the skywalk per day! It is open from 830AM - 430PM daily and entry costs RM15 for Malaysian adults, RM8 for children below the age of 17, and RM10 for senior citizens. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Height: 50m

  • Difficulty level: Easy


12. Gunung Nuang



Photo Credits: @jessica.leow Located about an hour's drive from KL, Gunung Nuang is one of the toughest hikes on this list. Get ready to brave through the dense rainforest, bamboo groves, river crossings, muddy trails, and even a waterfall. Make sure you pack enough water and appropriate footwear (you'll have to cross rivers, so be prepared to get your shoes soaked!) for your hike - it can take up to 12 hours to complete the trail. P/S: you are required to apply for a permit to hike Gunung Nuang.

  • Hike time: up to 12 hours

  • Difficulty level: hard



 

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