Setia Alam Community Trail is an endangered forest. The community’s facebook group discusses about the different routes and new discoveries of the forest. If fact, the trails were not established by hikers, it was by the cyclists!
My interest was hooked. The more I read about it, the more I yearn to visit this incredible forest.
How to get there
It’s really easy to get to Setia Alam Community Trail, just hit the keywords “Setia Alam Community Trail” up in Waze or Google Map and you should be able to find it.
Alternatively, you can book an uber there.
The trail map (IMPORTANT)
Setia Alam Community Trail is largely discovered by the locals themselves. Over the years, they have contributed tremendously in preserving the trail, especially putting up signage. Hence, losing your way is highly unlikely, though it had happened before.
The trail map above is posted in the facebook group.
Altogether there are 3 gates – A, B, and E. In this post, I will be covering about route B.
Going up Gate B, hikers will see a gorgeous lake at the start of the trail.
From the map, the entrances to trail A and B are located beside a construction site. The complete trail will lead you to Alam Budiman (Gate E), which is about 20 minutes drive away from Setia Alam.
So, if you take the wrong route out, you may end up having to walk longer than usual, and will also have to take a Grab back to Setia Alam. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that you download this trail map.
Warm up before the hike as it is important to stretch your hamstring and calve muscles to avoid cramps. Trail B didn’t have extremely strenuous or steep elevation in the beginning, so it was a rather easy hike.
There were also instances when trees were in our way, or we had to huddle over them. They make a great obstacle course, adding fun to the hike.
Towards the middle of the hike, we started sliding and “skating” because our running shoes were filled with mud and lost traction. We had to hold on to trees and branches to support and stop ourselves from falling down.
Tip: It is better to wear hiking shoes with better grip.
Pictured above: Muddy paths
The Summit (Peak Garden)
Getting to the Peak Garden proved a challenge. It was quite an easy hike up, but with the mud-skating, the difficulty level has been raised.
Finally, after much struggling, we arrived at the peak garden, a small gathering area for all hikers to enjoy the scenery overlooking the landscape.
The banner that says “Save Our Forest”
A picturesque view from Peak Garden that gives you gorgeous shots such as these:
Going down, we arrived at Checkpoint 5, and wanted to try a new route, so we went down to Checkpoint 3A unknowingly.
It was extremely difficult way down. Everyone was literally mud-sliding down the extremely slanted and muddy trail.
Everywhere they stepped was like stepping on a large pool of oil. We had to keep looking for leaves to improve traction.
At Checkpoint 3A, the kind hikers guided us back to Checkpoint 3, so we would not enter Checkpoint 3C, which would bring us to Alam Budiman. Sadly, I did not get the chance to take Trail A.
Though I must admit, Trail B did have some really stunning views!
The final verdict
Though a minimal level of fitness is required, it is possible to attempt this hike as a beginner. The elevation profile in the beginning is bearable and only toward the end did the climbing start. Nothing too streneous.
Our shoes were muddy by the end of the hike. Make sure you check the weather forecast and don’t take on the hike during rainy days!
The view was stunning, but I tend to feel a little disappointed at the constructions going on at the bottom. Also, the Malaysian flag at the Peak Garden looked fitting, so do not forget to take a picture with it!