Setia Alam Community Trail
Setia Alam Community Trail is an endangered forest. The trails were not established by hikers. Instead, it was by the cyclists! Set amidst the new housing area at Setia Eco Park, this community trail is suitable for hikers of all types of fitness level!
Peak Garden is the highest point of Bukit Cherakah Forest, standing at 250 meters above sea level, while Bukit Sapu Tangan comes next at 241 meters above sea level.
Although this trail is set near new housing areas, you will actually get a sense of hiking in the forest! Sometimes, frequent hikers even spot beehives and wild insects!
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How to Get To Setia Alam Community Trail
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. The entrance is rather easy to find as you will see cars lined up by the side of the road all the way into the entrance.
Alternatively, you can book an uber there.
Parking At Setia Alam Community Trail
IMPORTANT: An increase in amount of visitors to the Setia Alam Community Trail has brought about heavy traffic around the area. Many cars parked by the road have gotten a saman (fine), therefore do avoid parking at the side of the road or park at your own risk.
At the time of writing (24 September 2020), it was said that there has been more stringent checks around the area as well as stricter law enforcements. As an alternative, you can park further away and walk 9-15 to the start of the trail. The locals claimed that you will almost certainly (99%) receive a saman (fine) if you park along the road that leads to the start of the trail.
I’ve attached a map below to show the suggested area where you can park, look for a parking around Petron Setia Alam area and you should be fine.
The Trail Map
Setia Alam Community Trail is discovered by the locals themselves. Over the years, they have contributed tremendously in preserving the trail, especially in putting up signage. Hence, losing your way is highly unlikely, though it had happened before.
Alternatively, you can download the Komoot App to find your way in the forest. Also, make sure you have enough water and snacks with you!
For this post, I’ll be covering Route A & B.
Differences Between Route A And Route B
- More crowded
- Less steep ascend
- Nice lookout halfway to Peak Garden
- More exposed
- Less crowded
- Has a beautiful lake
Start Of The Hike
As of 2020, there are blue metal sheets lined up along the entrance to Route A and B. When you come to the first intersection, turn right to go up to Route A or take the left lane to go to Route B (and the lake).
From the map, the entrances of 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 Grab back to Setia Alam. For that reason, I would strongly suggest that you download the trail map above and save it in your phone.
I would say that there are more “obstacle course” in Route B as you will see trees block the path, collapsing on top of your head, and even “dead trees” that will fall any time.
Along The Trail
Warm up before the hike as it is important to stretch your hamstring and calve muscles to avoid cramps. Remember to wear good hiking shoes with grips because the trail can be slippery even when it’s dry, needless to say how slippery it will be when the ground is wet! I’ve experienced both dry and wet and yes, you definitely need good hiking shoes!
The Summit (Peak Garden)
Before all the signages were put up in 2020, the descend in 2018 was a disaster for us. We arrived at Checkpoint 5 and wanted to try a new route, so we went down to Checkpoint 3A unknowingly.
Going down was challenging as everyone was literally mud-sliding down the extremely slanted and muddy trail. Everywhere they stepped was like stepping on a large pool of oil. Hence, we had to keep looking for leaves to improve traction.
Lost and surprised, we arrived at Checkpoint 3A. Luckily, a few kind hikers guided us back to Checkpoint 3, so we would not enter Checkpoint 3C, which would bring us to Alam Budiman.
In A Nutshell
As 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 strenuous. Needless to say, Route B does have some pretty nice views!
Our shoes were muddy by the end of the hike. Make sure you check the weather forecast and don’t hike on rainy days!
Views at the peak were stunning, but it’s a little disappointed seeing the constructions going on underneath. Also, the Malaysian flag at the Peak Garden looked fitting, so do not forget to take a picture with it!