The International Steam Pages
Penang Hills and Trails - Top Ten Walks
For convenience I have now grouped lifestyle illustrated features by topic:
This is just a selection of the many walks
available on this site.
I strongly recommend using buses to get to the starting points and back
from the end of these walks.
The number of Penang walks available on this website is now so great that a newcomer might find the choice both overwhelming and confusing. So here is a selection of my favourites from all parts of the island, with something for everyone in terms of difficulty. Compared to the original blog reports, I have reworked these walks to a 'plain vanilla' format to include just the basic instructions and the most rewarding views. As such, it is easy to forget that in some cases we didn't get it 'right first time'...
You will note the absence of Penang's better known walks such as those in the National Park, that from Air Itam to Balik Pulau and the notorious 'Moon Gate Path' up Penang Hill - the walks below will take you off the beaten track and the only people you will meet are the farmers and rubber tappers who live in the hills. No special equipment is needed, just good walking shoes, a hat, a stick to wave at the odd dog and an adequate supply of water (I recommend 2.5L per person). Walk 0 is a 'taster', it's not short but if it kills you then don't think about the others. Allow 2-3 hours for the first three which are significantly shorter and 3-5 hours for the others, maybe longer if, like me, you are of pensionable age.
The walks are listed roughly in order of increasing difficulty (Grades 1 to 4), the absence of a 4 in this list indicates that at worst only short amounts of potentially awkward paths are included and such sections are clearly indicated in the text for the walk concerned. There is, however, plenty of hill climbing in most!
Trail Locations - Click on a Number for each hike.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson