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Moongate to Youth Park Trails

There are several trails that connect the Youth Park with the Botanical Gardens with the starting Moongate with #5 as a resting point.

Start of Moongate to Youth Park trail

The trails are easy to find, no guide needed as also many people walk these trails. Regardless which trail exactly you follow based on the information on this page, they will take about an hour and a half.

Start at Moongate. As explained on Moongate to 84 there are 2 different paths leading up to #5. Although most hikers seem to prefer the steps path which leads along the hill with some nice views towards George Town, personally I prefer the trail which leads on the other side of the hill through primary rainforest.

Jungle trail from Moongate to #5

Both trails take about 25-30 minutes depending on your stamina. The jungle trail requires you here and there to use all your 4 limbs to get up. There are at some places ropes to help you climbing. Also, there are red painted markers to #5, in case you might be confused where to go.

Jungle trail from Moongate to #5 Jungle trail from Moongate to #5

After about 25-30 minutes you will rejoin the other trail. It's another 2 minutes to #5 for a rest. You can decide to continue further to 84, see this page, but many hikers find the exercise enough and hike back to the Youth Park.

#5 resting spot

#5 to the Youth Park

Walk back the same way you came for about 3 minutes. You will see a small trail to your right leading at first a little steep downwards. Soon the trail levels a bit and you will reach a barren plateau.

View to George Town from Barren Plateau

There are now several ways to continue. You can walk to the edge of the plateau to make a couple of nice photos of George Town and climb down the plateau on your left. You will arrive on good trail. Go right and follow this to your right.

Path to Youth Park

Further on the trail you will have some more views towards George Town. At one point you will come at a junction where several trails join. There are 2 trails to choose, both lead down. Ultimately you will reach the Youth Park near the main swimming pool.

Youth Park trail

The other trail leads directly away from the barren plateau to the Not So Great Canyon. Follow the trail down for another 15-20 minutes which will bring you to the toilets and the mini funicular railway at the Youth Park.

Youth Park

There are far more challenging trails to hike but if you have never hiked before, or you simply want to hike up to #5 for continuing further, this is an excellent and easy trail with a pool to relief your muscles after the hike.

Youth Park main swimming pool


Moongate to #5 and Youth Park map

Map is taken and modified from: Nature Trails of Penang Island,
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:

  • Botanical Gardens: Lily Pond - Waterfall
  • Moongate - Hikers Resting Spot #5 - Youth Park
  • Trails to Crag Hotel and Penang Hill

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Hiking in Penang around Botanical Gardens

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