Wawasan Puchong Hill

Puchong Hill is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round

The reserve is now hemmed in by Puchong townships to the west, Seri Kembangan to the south, Subang Jaya to the north and Kajang to the east. Developers are nibbling away at the edges and no doubt would like to build over more of this prime location if they allowed to get away with it. Let’s hope they don’t.

The trail starts next to Persiaran Bukit, which is located on the Bandar Puchong side, not from Giant Supermarket. There is plenty of space for parking here (free).

Due to heavy usage, the trail is well worn, heavily eroded in places, and easy to find and follow, though when I went it was muddy and slippery in parts.

For the first 10 minutes or so there is a steep incline and the terrain is open with clear views over the neighboring suburbs.From here the forest closes in on the path and there are no more views.

The trail cross a clear stream. Elsewhere in the forest reserve is a waterfall and natural pool but this area is off-limits to the public.

Puchong hill is classified as lowland forest. This is not virgin rain forest and there are no huge trees in this forest reserve – they must have been logged years ago – but there are many reasonable sized specimens. The air is fresh and the distant traffic hum is barely audible above the noise of throbbing insects.

Tapirs and panthers once wandered these forest trails but it is highly unlikely that any remain. I heard a few monkeys thrashing around in the treetops. There is some bird life and reptiles, including a very unusual light brown terrapin shaped like a leaf floating in the stream, in fact I thought it was a leaf until I saw it swimming upstream and spotted its extended neck and pointed nose. It could be a very rare species for all I know.