• Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route
  • Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route
  • Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route
  • Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route
  • Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route
  • Photo of PBA Aqueduct to Bukit Cempedak Circular Route

Technical difficulty   Moderate

Time  7 hours 22 minutes

Coordinates 1733

Uploaded February 2, 2015

Recorded February 2015

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2,477 f
-29 f
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2.3
4.6
9.22 mi

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near Kampung Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang (မလေးရှား)

7h:22m:59s | 14.8 km
The hike is quite long. Starting at the main road across from the Bayview Beach Resort, the trail access starts along the bare road which leads to Chin Farm Estates. Look for the main trail on your right hand side which leads to the PBA Aqueduct System. The area is a primary water catchment and therefore entrance is restricted so entry is at ones own risk and care should be taken to protect the water supply. Once you reach the Feringgi Reservoir follow the paved road until coming to the PBA aqueduct structure which sieves fallen leaves from the open water supply system. The aqueduct system is quite an amazing engineering feat being quite an old system as well. There are a number of buildings that were used for storage of equipment related to the maintenance of the system constructed alongside the service road. Just metres before the structure, the trail to Bukit Cempedak begins at the edge of the tree line. Look for concrete steps which quickly gave way to closed canopy forest for the remainder of the walk excepting when coming across disused rain gauge stations which are surrounded by low lying ferns. It was decided to take the more difficult route up to Bukit Cempedak with the view of taking the easier circular route down on the western side of the trail. The ascending trail is undulating before finally reaching the peak of Bukit Cempedak at 492 metres. The trail is visible throughout except in the odd location where trees have fallen over the trail forcing the hiker to go 'around' the problem. Eventually a primary junction is reached in the southern extremity of the trail where an exploratory detour was undertaken to determine where the trail to the south would lead. There is a second junction further to the south which is signposted by the infamous LYK which appears to lead to Penang Hill via Western Road. The actual objective was to link up with the trail to Rain Gauge 9 which leads either to Botanical Gardens or up towards the Crag Hotel on Penang Hill. However, we decided to turn back to the main junction with the view of completing the circular route. The decent is moderately difficult compared with the ascent but does take time to cover a significant distance. A major tree fall obscures the path so some searching for the ongoing trail is required. Finally you will come to the Feringgi River (name to be confirmed)and the crossing is over large boulders with the trail continuing on the side. From this point it is a short hike along side the river with good views to one of the aqueduct reservoirs and then back to the main road.

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