Written by Shirley T
Friday, 30 May 2008 19:07
Above chart is constructed from the data gathered during our hike from Chin Farm to Penang Hill via Laksamana Hill. Part of route is also promoted as Penang Longest Trail.
By synchronizing the time between a global positioning device (GPS) and a compact camera, this enabled the tracking time at major spots along the trail together with data collection on longitude, latitude or coordinate, velocity travel, elevation from sea level and horizontal distance traveled. Please note that the GPS tool we used may have the tolerance of 10 m.
The total foot steps distance of Penang Longest Trail is approximately 11 km depending on the starting point. There are a couple starting points namely Teluk Bahang Forest Park and Chin Farm at Batu Feringghi. The former is the official entrance while the latter which is located opposite Penang Bayview Beach Hotel along Batu Ferringghi Road is usually utilized by the local hikers. Penang Longest Trail is a self-guided trekking with practical sign boards along the jungle trail.
Entering from Chin Farm, there is a waterfall and a couple of streams to cross. The rendezvous point of both entrances is at Station 10; a small patch of flat land above 416 m from sea level. Following the direction to Penang Hill as the arrow pointed on sign board leads to next stations in the numbers of descending order. There are six rain gauges distributed along this trail if embarking the trekking from Chin Farm. The first rain gauge is located before Station 10 while the second rain gauge, marked as '21' appears within the vicinity from Junction 12 signboard. Total of four rain gauges are located before the Laksamana Hill viewing platform which is about 702 m from sea level. While the second last rain gauge of marking '12' is found slightly before the downhill terrain. At the lowest point along the elevated terrain (558 m from sea level) which is also a 'Y' junction, take the left turn uphill according to the direction pointed to Penang Hill. The alternative trail at that junction will lead to Ayer Itam Dam. The last rain gauge which is marked number 11 will greet right after. Soon after that, Station 4 is ahead. Keep walking until passing Station 3 followed by Station 2, and then meet a flowing little stream that offers some refreshment.
After a hundred meter of a steep uphill stretch, the tar road is waiting ahead. Station 1 sign board stands at 805 m from sea level, which is also the highest point along this trail will welcome you! Walk along the tar road, pass by Penang Hill Canopy Walkway and continue heading to Penang Hill Railway Station.
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