Moongate to 84
This hike from the Botanical Garden at Moongate to 84 is a nice one. It's challenging enough and it's a well define trail without the possibility to get lost as long as you stay on the main trail.
It takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours to reach 84 including some resting and viewing here and there.
It all starts by walking through the gate and turn left. Immediately you will start climbing. Depending on the choice of path, you will follow steps or jungle trails towards #5 resting spot.
After #5 there are 2 options. Directly at #5 you can hike up to Bukit Cendana, which is a trail few people seem to take. Another, more hiked option is to stay on the main trail.
Start at Moongate
After starting your hike the path slowly climbs up. Soon you will hear water running and come to a junction. The path to your left will swindle further along the hills and you will get plenty of steps to climb. The path which continues straight on has no steps but you can use the roots of trees and stone boulders to climb up. There are red painted markers on the trail so you won't loose direction.
When you use the "steps trail" soon in the hike you will get glimpses of Gurney Drive. The path keeps climbing, from forest trail to cement stairs and back to forest trail. There are several paths branching off the main trail but they all come back on the main trail. Unless you want to find steeper trails, stay on the main path.
If you use the steps, after about 25 minutes you will pass the junction that leads back to the Youth Park (about 45 minutes downhill).
Both trails come together just before #5 where later in the afternoon free coffee and biscuits are available. It is custom to leave a donation too.
At #5 you can choose to hike directly up to Bukit Cendana (about 30-40 minutes) or follow the main trail.
Should you stay on the main trail, within 25 minutes later you will find a path to your left which leads to the Riffle Ranch, an area in Air Itam. A little bit further to your right there is the second trail leading up to Bukit Cendana. This trail is harder to find and easier to get lost. Therefore I would recommend if you want to hike up to Bukit Cendana, to start just behind #5. That trail is easy to follow.
A minute further on there's a large rock on your left side. This is a good place for a short rest with excellent views to Air Itam and Paya Terubong.
From this point on, it's only 20 minutes to 84 and time to decide what to do next: take the Summit Road to Penang Hill, visit Bukit Cendana and take the trail along the Summit Road back to the Botanical Gardens or ... challenge yourself by taking the Moniot Road.
As for all hikes in Penang, you need proper shoes, a hat and bring water. I usually hike in shorts and t-shirt which is fine. The trail goes through thick rainforest which is forest reserve.
KEEP THE FOREST CLEAN
Map is taken and modified from: Nature Trails of Penang Island,Back to the top
Malaysian Nature Society, Penang Branch, Currently Out of Print.
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Special Hiking Tours in Penang
Join us on our special hiking tours in Penang. We will bring you around in the jungle of the Botanical Gardens. Our tours include:
Hiking to Tiger Hill and Penang Hill
This is a reasonable popular hiking trail in the hills. The trek takes about 3-4 hours to Tiger Hill and another to Penang Hill.
Botanical Gardens Trails
There are several trails to explore around the Botanical Gardens and they are not to be missed. Why? They're challenging and offer some beautiful forest life. You might be lucky to see snakes, monitor lizards, plenty of monkeys and black squirels.
An easy walk to Penang Hill
A very nice and relatively easy walk leads from the Penang Hill funicular railway stationto 84 from where you have several options to reach Penang Hill.
The hike to Crag Hotel and Penang Hill
A very good hike from the Botanical Gardens via the trail to Western Hill to the abandoned Crag Hotel. Thbis trail leads through some beautiful secondary and untouched rainforest.
Moongate to #5 and Youth Park
This 2 hours hike which is popular with the locals. It's not too difficult but makes you sweat plentiful.
Both the trails to and from #5 are scenic regardless which path you choose. Here's what you can expect:
This is a great hike for several hours through the forest reserve and cultivated lands of Penang Hill with some amazing views towards north and east Penang and the mainland.