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Fraser Hill MapUnlike any typical hiking trail or nature walk, each and every path on Fraser's Hill has a story to tell. Steep in history, rich in greenery, a walk in the thick bushes that is enveloped by glorious nature tells more than a thousand words. From buzzing bugs to chirping birds, the scene and music of the forest are endless. However, before embarking into any trail, find out what to expect and how it was discovered to better appreciate the highland walk.
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Fraser's Hill Nature Trails: The Famous SixAbu Suradi Trail (0.5 m -one way)
The entrance can be spotted opposite the mosque of Fraser's Hill on Genting Road, merely steps away from the clock tower. Starts with a steep climb that winds along corners, shortly after is a pretty flat path. Mostly, a wide and level path with few minor obstacles.
The history is dated back in November 1899. Abu bin Suradi was the first man to be issued with a mining lease at Pamah Lebar or at present where the public 9-hole golf course is, right in the heart of Fraser's Hill. This trail was a cut into the forest to connect his home near the present Maybank Lodge to his mining site - Pamah Lebar.
Though exist, leeches are hardly spotted. The track ends at the start of Mager Trail.
Mager Trail (1 km - one way)
This trail is named after FW Mager, a Pahang Public Work Department (PWD) Engineer who started earthwork and land survey on the Gap Road. Thanks to Mager for his brilliant idea, leveraging the gate system to control two-way traffic on a single road for vehicles to reach the summit of Fraser's Hill. His effort was realized in 1921.
A fairly easy path that starts after Allan's Water or the end of Abu Suradi Trail, forest views are monotonous entailed large ferns and plenty of shrubs. As the path twists steeply downhill with steps and railings, it indicates you're almost at the end of this trail. Exit near the Gap gate, a stone throw from clock tower in town center.
Hemmant Trail (1 km - one way)
Named after Frank Hemmant - an architect who designed the present 9-hole golf course in 1920. Once was a mountain ravine amidst cramped jungle, Hemmant elevated the ground that had created way to this trail to help him in his duty.
Whether you notice or not, the walking trail on Fraser's Hill connects one after another. To begin on Hemmant Trail from the town center, go behind the mosque. This nature trail takes one on a moderate uphill on the first quarter. Hugging the edges of 9-hole golf course, it offers one of the most pleasant scenes of foliage includes non-natives species such as fir (that is found in Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan). Commanding a superb view of the course, it crosses bridges and passing huts. Ends near the Bishop's House - the beginning of Bishop Trail.
Bishop Trails (1.5 km - one way)
Named after a Bishop from Singapore - CJ Ferguson Drive, this trail serves as a tribute to the Reverand, being the first person to discover it. The Bishop pioneered the trail, connecting his residence - The Retreat to the neighboring residential such as Cicely Bungalow and Muar Cottage.
Starts at Ledegham Road from the Bishop's house not too far from a split to Paddock (right) and Guthrie House (left), the foot-path is a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. With mostly easy to moderate accessibility, this 2-km trail is a sanctuary to several exotic birds and picturesque rainforest scenery.
The highlight of Bishop Trail is a perched watchtower. Overlooking a panorama of lush greeneries, overhanging foliage and century-old trees in abundance, this is a great place to spot wildlife such as monkey, squirrel and birds. Slippery on rainy days, and watch out for the leeches as you invade their territory though not terribly abundant.
Once you see a boulder, a fork ahead at which one leads to Muar Cottage, it marks the ending of your hike on Bishop Trail. While the straight path takes you to explore Maxwell Trail.
Maxwell Trail (1.8 km - one way)
Muddy, narrow, fuzzy and loose terrain - all these make this hiking trail unpopular to visitors. Though the sight of rainforest is similar to Bishop trail, this trek can be pretty dim being more dense than the former trail.
The story of this trail goes back to Sir George Maxwell who was the chief secretary of Federated Malay States in 1920. A figure that took keen interest in the development of Fraser's Hill, Maxwell's vision had it turned into a hill station and retreat. Back in 1919, the workers that were staying at the Labour Lines (now the site of Fraser's Pine Resort) used this trail to gain access to Whittington Bungalow (at present is Guthrie House) so that they could listen to news during WW1 from the only radio in Fraser's Hill owned by an English miner residing there.
Enter from either Muar Cottage or Corona Nursery, both take you on this challenging trail. Expect to be stumbled upon heaps of dead leaves, rocky pathways and greeted by a huge number of leeches.
Kindersley Trail (0.75km - one way)
What started as a walking route for British officials to attend church gatherings held at the Methodist Bungalow in 1928 features Kindersley Trail today. Before the Methodist Bungalow was built, the Kindersley Bungalow (the present Raub Bungalow) was often used for the church gatherings, that took its name after Richard CM Kindersley who championed the cause of Fraser's Hill retreat. And so did the trail.
One of the shortest trails on Fraser's Hill, it begins near Shahzan Inn and Pekan (Parr) junction, ascending through shrubs and bushes then ends at Methodist Bungalow, that otherwise can only be accessed via the gate and Mager Road on vehicles.
Rompin Trail (0.5 km - one way)
Offering a steep terrain combining with wide and flat path, Rompin Trail is a short walk in highland jungle. Mainly a wide and level path with few small obstacles to cross. The most recent trek on Fraser's Hill, it was opened in the late 1980s to assist the residents of Taman Sungai Hijau flats to commute daily to the town center. With this trail, walking time is halved considerably. Ends at Rompin Bungalow that situated nearby, thus gives its name.
Be cautious during rainy days as the path can be slippery and dangerous.
Pine Tree Trail (5 km - one way)
Required strong physical fitness to conquer the steep slopes and undulations, this is the most challenging trail in Fraser's Hill. It was first discovered by British to access the mountain peak that commanded a majestic view of Fraser's Hill and surrounding summits. The name was derived from pine trees - stag headed endemic conifer species of Darydiums that made the summit its home.
The Pine Tree Hill is a 1,500 m mountain, thus this is a serious hike with not much time to stop if you want to return before darkness crawls in. The path is secluded yet pristine, you are likely to encounter growing moss, pitcher plants and a kingdom of fungi aside from a virgin forest.
Fondly known as Twin Peaks, Pine Tree Hill actually is. At the last stage, head straight through the overgrown trail takes one to reach the lower sister peak. The vista is more rewarding, provided thanking to the run-away clouds and mist. Whilst, the main peak can be reached by turning right (after returning from lower peak) at the prior fork.
Only one way to enter, the trail starts near Admiralty - almost the cul-de-sac of Sri Pahang Road. Be prepared for a full-day hike or 7 to 8 hours at a moderate pace. Trek in a group and carry adequate supplies e.g. water, first-aid-kit, jacket, torch, smart phone, map etc. Never think of camping because it is strictly prohibited .
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