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near Tanjung Bunga, Pulau Pinang (မလေးရှား)
The trail to Carla's Peak begins at the corner of Jl. Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah. A Hindi shrine dominates the street corner. The entrance serves as access to a PBA water facility and further along, a water bottling plant. Follow the access path on the right which leads to the trail entrance gate. The gate was not locked at the time but is held closed by a piece of wire so those passing through should ensure the gate is closed behind the last person through. Follow along the overgrown roadway which must be traversed in a couple of sections due to fallen trees. Once reaching an open field of grass, on the left is a gated barrier to PBA water facilities and on the right, is an access to Carla's Peak. There is a stack of large diameter pipe from previous construction and the trail begins on the left hand side of the pipes. Follow the trail until reaching a concrete dam and reservoir and cross over the dam wall and the trail continues into the jungle. Frequented by Hashers, there is hash paper marking this particular trail. The ascent is extremely steep (60% or 30 degrees) and overgrown in places being about a 300 metre climb from the dam so this part of the trail is not for those who are unfit. Once reaching the peak, the trail levels out for a few hundred metres. You will reach a junction of a well worn trail at this point. Take a left at the junction and continue along the top of Carla's Peak. There is a contoured saddle which separates the two hill tops before the trail descends towards the northeast and the trail end. The descent is far easier going compared with the ascent on the south facing slope. During the descent a Viper, greenish with black stripping, was spotted resting on a branch of a fallen tree (see photo) - Vipers are extremely dangerous and should not be approached. Nearing the bottom of the trail there is an old abandoned stone building alongside an adjacent creek. Once across the creek this marks the end of the trail due to constructed drainage works along the hill side. The exit/entrance for this trail will change as development proceeds.