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Selected Nature Trails of Penang Island

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Length: 2.5 km 1 hour
Recreational grading : 2
Condition: disturbed but substantial natural character remaining
Use: well used
Status: mostly private and residential land

To get to the start of the trail, enter by way of Hill Railway Road which leads off from the Air Itam roundabout. About 100 metres up the road towards the funicular railway station, you will see the colourful Beow Hiang Lim Temple on your left. Opposite this temple are the Desa Bendera Apartments.

Enter the road beside the apartments. Turn left immediately after the bridge on Lorong Taman Cantik. The trail begins to climb slowly, passing occasional houses on both sides. The path is cemented and well defined. For the first half hour, you will pass a number of smaller paths branching away from the main trail.

About 18-20 minutes from the starting point, look for a junction on your left that leads away from the main trail. Turn left at the junction and continue walking uphill, keeping the valley always on your left. The cemented path eventually gives way to a natural forest path, as the trail levels off. You will have a good view of Paya Terubong and, sadly, the massive cutting of hill slopes for agriculture, which was reported in the September 1996 edition of ‘Pencinta Alam’, the MNS newsletter.

After passing a shrine, a path can be seen ascending to the right. Follow this path. After 2 minutes, take another path that branches off to the right. This path continues until it becomes a scatter of stones and river rocks, probably built up by a seasonal stream. The trail then forks into two - the rocky path and the jungle trail. Both join up again.

6-7 minutes later you will come to a Hindu shrine, at which point you join the Moongate trail (refer Trail 2). Now Eighty Four is less than a minute’s walk away.


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