Bukit Saga, Ampang

Today marks the 2nd day of our hiking in nearby KL-Selangor areas. Destination: Bukit Saga.
The sky is about to brighten up, the traffic in KL is getting busy. As my car weaves around various bustling roads from KL to Ampang with my GPS assistance, I end up  lost in nowhere in Ampang and it costs me 2 hours. Mean and Sufang are very patient and don't give up on me. They finally come and pick me up at a petrol station in Ampang.

Thus, we start our Bukit Saga hiking at 9am. There are different starting points from various sides. One of them is where we start, Taman Saga. The trail is well maintained with a reachable summit of about 430m. However, it is possible to get lost because of the huge network of trails which join the different peaks and climbing routes. The route is considered a little bit steep and is good for stamina training for beginners. Intermittently, we rest and savour the greenery of the surrounding. Breathing the refreshing air. 
"My legs start to ache!" 
"My running nose is getting serious!"
"We almost reach the hill top!"
After climbing for around 1 hour, we see a triangular standing frame with a lot of signatures.Yes, this marks the Saga hill top. So, don't expect any surrounding good views at the Saga peak. Then we decide to follow a signboard with "Waterfall". Along the trail to waterfall, the route becomes steeper and seems endless. There are some warnings about wasps. We see no one along the route and the sky starts drizzling. For the safety purpose for only 3 girls, we track back to Saga hill trail.

At the first check point
At the hill top
Continue our adventure to the waterfall but did not manage to finish the trail
Some unknown eggs in a pool of water
Definitely, we don't forget to pick up rubbish along the way back. But being frankly, the route is clean with just a little trash. It is nice to see such a clean environment. Our hiking ends up with a simple lunch.
Today is a good day with some muscle stretching, simple chitchatting and doing something good for the mother nature. 

Moving on for a better day!

Bukit Gasing, PJ

Tick tock, tick tock, clock was ticking... Three of us were chatting on Facebook, describing how were we rotten at home during the weekend. At the time being, we were still waiting for the NGO to reply us the exact date that we could offer our help for their event.

"Why don't we go for a hike, and have some fun?" 
"Yes, we could make some contributions, such as picking up the rubbish along the way." 
"It's such a shame that most of the hiking sites were so polluted."
"Good to have some physical activities, have been a couch potato for days."
"Girls, I found this website. They have some recommendations on several hills in Selangor."
"I think we can go Bkt Gasing tomorrow. Difficulty level: easy. Let's try the least challenging one first to warm up ourselves."
"Let's get some gloves and garbage bags. Bring camera tomorrow as well."

Without further ado, Kin Luoi went to grab a few pairs of gloves, and some garbage bags. The next morning, we reached Bkt Gasing at 7.30am, and started our hike energetically. 

Some introduction about Bkt. Gasing. Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve is a 100 hectare stretch of green belt dividing the city of Petaling Jaya (Selangor state) from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. It was once a rubber estate but, in the intervening 60 years, but the park is now a haven of lush secondary forest.

This was my first time here, I was indeed really pleased by the serene ambiance and lovely visitors around. Most of the hikers were so friendly, they greeted us morning, and some chatted with us along the way. Overall, the round trip took approximately 1 hour. I would say it was quite an easy hike, except that there was a short distance of steep slope near the summit. Thanks god it was so breezy today, making it an enjoyable hike for us!

Let's take a look on the photos that we have captured along the way.

#1. The entrance of Bkt Gasing
#2. Look what have we found! Blue mushroom! I suppose it is poisonous?
#3. Little white flowers
#4. Some views from the peak
#5. Picking up the rubbish. Frankly the paths were rather clean, but the peak was full of rubbish, especially paper cups, tea bags, bread packages etc. I guess some of the hikers had their breakfast there and littered without much considerations :/

#6. Pose pose pose!
#7. Let me introduce you... this is Mean
Su Fang
Kin Luoi
#8. Kin Luoi went down the steep slope. She was yelling "no photography" actually. LOL
On a side note, Raju's Restaurant is just a stone throw away. Their roti canai is so delicious. I have heard that the banana leaf rice is good too. You may try it out!

Lastly, the mushroom was so cute, so Mean decided to make it cuter.
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