Hiking @ Bukit Apeh (Apeh Hill) 4/05/2014

Brief Information

Bukit Apeh literally translates into “Uncle’s Hill” in Chinese context, I’m not too sure why they named it as such but I reckon its best we leave it at that. Bukit Apeh is connected to another hill named Bukit Saga, both shares a similar peak thus the differences are their entry points and I reckon Saga is longer in distance too. Very similar to Bukit Gasing, there are many interconnected trails within the vicinity.

My Experience

I have two words to summarise Apeh Hill, ‘popular’ and ‘lunges’. For obvious reasons, this place is equally as popular as Gasing Hill judging from the amount of cars parked along the road as well as people traffic along the trails. Lunges! The only time I have ever climbed so many steps in a day was at Mount Kinabalu, but I think it’s more of the long steep stretches that caused our heart rates to scream inside our averagely fit bodies.

We began our hike from Jalan Awana 23 where the entrance was greeted by a fruit juice store. Boost your energy levels before a hike or quench your thirst after, have it your way.
We began our hike from Jalan Awana 23 where the entrance was greeted by a fruit juice store. Boost your energy levels before a hike or quench your thirst after, have it your way.

There are a total of 6 levels in Bukit Apeh but somehow we did not go through all of them to reach the peak at level 6. The initial phase of the hike to level 1 was quite the warm-up with gradual up and downhill climbs, good to get your heart rate increased. From level 1 onward it is like doing lunges all the way up with another 2 more rest stops before reaching level 6.

Initial phase of the hike made up of gradual slopes and a dog... what!
Initial phase of the hike made up of gradual slopes and a dog… what!
Level 1 – The Bridge
Level 1 – The Bridge
Level 1.1 – The Death Climb, guaranteed to unclog the pores of your skin and clear any sort of substance abuse to your body a night before.
Level 1.1 – The Death Climb, guaranteed to unclog the pores of your skin and clear any sort of substance abuse to your body a night before.
Left and Mid: Level 2 with a tent and water station. Right: Level 3 reads “Gold Station”
Left and Mid: Level 2 with a tent and water station. Right: Level 3 reads “Gold Station”

We began our hike at 10am and managed to reach level 6 in 45 minutes. Though it is considered short compared to some other hikes I’ve been, Bukit Apeh works the thigh and glutes very well. You could throw a small rave party at level 6, literally. It was quite a big area with a large canopy complete with water stations, tables, chairs, tea pots, and even a chin-up bar. For those who enjoy waterfalls, the hike is only within half an hour away.

Level 6 is where it’s at; apparently there are lots of activities happening here earlier in the morning
Level 6 is where it’s at; apparently there are lots of activities happening here earlier in the morning
Take this exit to the waterfall. After a short walk you’ll pass through level 5, keep heading straight
Take this exit to the waterfall. After a short walk you’ll pass through level 5, keep heading straight
Descending to the waterfall, when you come across an intersection turn left and you’ll be on your way
Descending to the waterfall, when you come across an intersection turn left and you’ll be on your way
Not a fantastic fall but still worth the trek, approximately 10meter sloping waterfall with a large area for picnic or camping
Not a fantastic fall but still worth the trek, approximately 10meter sloping waterfall with a large area for picnic or camping

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Crew of the day
Crew of the day

Overall Bukit Apeh offers a good few hours of hiking if you decide to detour to the waterfall. However, if you’re looking for bigger challenges try hiking from one entrance all the way to another. I realised that there are a lot of friendly hikers out there who’d greet you and even offer assistance. So put on a smile when you’re out there too.

What to bring/wear?

  • Lotion for bee sting

Jo’s ratings (ratings are subjective and biased towards participants’ experience)

  • Accessibility: 10/10

If possible park your car along the main road rather than inside the neighbourhood

  • Difficulty: 5/10

Long stretches of uphill climbing gets the heart racing but overall it’s good training for tougher hikes

  • Rewarding Experience: 5/10

Nothing very spectacular about this hike except that it is convenient and good toning for the glutes

  • Overall Rating: 5/10

Good place for a quick getaway hike, very people-friendly place with guiding ropes for steep sections of the hike. Waterfall was not much to shout about

Additional Information

Be careful of bees. Carry lotion for bee stings or even adrenaline shots to prevent allergic reactions if they do sell those here.

Getting there

GPS Coordinates (Decimal Degrees): 3.089615 101.766131

Directions are very straight forward, just search for Jalan Awana 23 with Maps or Waze.

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