Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve (Gasing Hill) is the green lung situated between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. It is a secondary forest stretching more than 100 hectares. Visitors may not be aware that this lush jungle was once an abandoned rubber estate.
Thanks to nature’s miraculous power of nature. This area surrounded by the concrete jungle had restored into the sanctuary of various flora and fauna in the past sixty years. Today Gasing Hill, as the locals called it, has become the haven of hikers and nature lovers.
Explore an Urban Forest Hike near KL
Every Saturday and Sunday morning Gasing Hill is packed with hikers, aunties and uncles strolling along the jungle tracks with their dog, and city dwellers who are looking for a real recharge and listen to nature’s rhythm after a hectic week.
Nature and recreational
Gasing Hill is an excellent place for family outings and activities, at the same time appreciating the beauty of nature, listening to the earth’s melody spiritually. Visitors are from all walks of life, colors, young and old even mother cradling babies, and senior walking with his dog.
You will feel it is more of nature’s park than a forest because of the number of visitors and the amenities. (Benches for you at specific points).
1 The Main Entrance (The Archway)
Gasing Hill has multiple entrances. One is the main entrance located at Petaling Jaya, with a simple archway. The other two is at Kuala Lumpur side of the hill, which is referred to as the back entrance. There are a few smaller trails that lead to some tar roads.
There is insufficient parking space at this entrance. You may have to park along the roadside or at the small parking area about a hundred meters away from the entrance.
2. Pantai Hill Entrance
The second entrance is from Pantai Hill. The trail starts right in front of the Lembah Pantai Community Center. There are plenty of parking lots along the way leading to the trail.
3. Entrance from Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi
This entrance is less popular, but it is easier to get a parking lot. It is also where the Steel Bridge is located.
Garden or forest?
There is a beautiful garden at the entrance to Gasing Hill from Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi.
Take the 15-minute pavement walk leading into the woods, which eventually emerge from the other side of the garden.
There is an abandoned house (somewhat creepy) midway. Take the fork that will lead you to the trails deep into Bukit Gasing.
The abandoned house
The first part of the trails is cemented until it reaches the fork where the abandoned house is located.
Signboards and maps
There are undoubtedly insufficient signboards and maps at Gasing Hill. So far, I only found two maps and a few signboards along the trail. Fortunately, this is not a big jungle, and many trails will eventually join at a certain point.
There is Internet access at most of the spots inside the hill. My Google Map was working even when I walk through the trail with the least hikers towards the Hindu temple.
The peak of the hill
There are many trails at Gasing Hills, but you won’t find any real peak of the hill. This place is a vantage point of Gasing Hills, which was once a watchtower. It is now a favorite pit stop for the hikers.
Soon after you cross the archway of the main entrance, the pavement will eventually turn into nature’s pathway. Here you will be greeted by different trails. These trials will join at specific points in front as they are relatively close to each other.
Some of the sections of the trails have steps, but you still require a certain level of fitness to climb.
Benches and stools
There are plenty of benches along the trails that you can take a rest. That’s why I mentioned that it feels like nature’s park more than a jungle.
The trail is ideal for hiking. If you start your hike from the Main Entrance, you will pass by the trail with Labah-Labah signboard and then up the famous “cardiac hill” that is full of step and steep climb. Enjoy the scenery at a slow pace, which will take you to the suspension bridge.
The people on the trails
Walking along this stupendous trails, you will bump into people who like nature. Most of the conversations I overheard are about nature, travel, health, and occasionally business-related.
People are courteous and polite. So we’re exchanging numerous ‘Good Morning,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘welcome’ greetings, when we face head-on at the narrow trails.
It is best to plan your trip here during the dry season, but tropical rain can be unpredictable.
A sudden downpour is causing us scrambling for shelter. This shelter is one of the few at Gasing Hill, about 250 meters from the entrance.
What to bring
- There aren’t many facilities at Gasing Hill. Bring along some drinking water and wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
- There is no toilet in Gasing Hill. Make sure you use the lavatory somewhere else before entering their Hill. The nearest is at a car park about one hundred meters towards the left of the entrance, if you’re facing outside the hill.
- There are quite a lot of mosquitoes so remember to bring along the insect repellant. I do not encounter any leeches here.
How to Get to Bukit Gasing Forest Park?
Address: Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Geographic coordinates: Main entrance: 3.095138, 101.656131.
Opening hours: Always open.
Go by taxi: the Best way is to take a taxi as there is no bus and MRT to Bukit Gasing
Best time to visit: Arrive before 10 AM to avoid crowds.
Dress code: No specific dress code
Entrance fee: Free