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Selected Nature Trails of Penang Island


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TRAIL 1: YOUTH PARK TO PENANG HILL


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Length: 6.5 km 3 hours
Recreational grading : 2-3
Condition:
  • disturbed (Youth Park to Trail 2)
  • well used (Trail 2 up to Eighty Four)
  • busy (Jeep Track)
    Use:
  • light (Youth Park to Trail 2)
  • regularly used (Trail 2 to Eighty Four)
  • public road (Jeep Road)
    Status: forest reserve

    This trail is divided into two sections. The first section is described here. The second section is part of Trail 2.

    Trail 1 starts from the Youth Park (Taman Belia) off Western Road and takes 3-4 hours to complete. There are two main entry points. The entrance from the original Trail 1 is through the Scout Campsite. The trail is sometimes overgrown and difficult to find. An easier entry point is behind the mini funicular train model. Behind the mini funicular train model look for a short flight of steps. Follow the steps up the slope. On the left are toilets. Walk straight past the toilets into an overgrown path.

    The initial track zigzags toward a ridge and proceeds onto open, barren hill slopes. Follow the clear path that zigzags onto another heavily eroded, barren hill slope. The “Not-so-Grand Canyon” takes shape here. You will get a view of the north-eastern coast of Penang Island. Continue along the path that skirts the base of a plateau. Do not climb up to the plateau at this point. Walk straight ahead until the path eventually joins the plateau. Here you will see a panoramic view of the whole of Georgetown. Enjoy the view and then continue on until the end of the plateau. Here the path is overgrown by ferns. Look for the track that goes uphill. The track continues to zigzag before joining the Moon Gate Trail (Trail 2).

    At this junction take the left-hand trail. Follow it to Eighty Four. From Eighty Four walk up the jeep track to reach the top of Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera).

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