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Hiking Trails Around Kota Kinabalu
With hiking becoming increasingly popular in Malaysia, up your hiking game at these trails near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Sabah’s Mount Kinabalu draws climbers from all over the world, but Kota Kinabalu also boasts several hiking trails to challenge the casual hiker. Here are a few favourites.
Taman Tun Fuad Stephens Park, Bukit Padang
The hill in Tun Fuad Stephens Park Kinabalu has long been a favourite for local hikers, located around 15 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu. With six 1km trails of varying intensity levels, Bukit Padang is a popular spot for hikers to train for their Mount Kinabalu climb.
Once you reach the peak, the hilltop offers a panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu and its suburbs. At the height of 477 feet, it’s also a popular spot to catch the sunset.
Address: Tun Fuad Stephens Park, Jalan Bukit Padang, Luyang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Bukit Kokol, Menggatal
A popular training ground for marathon runners and cyclists, Bukit Kokol is ideal for those who want to test their stamina and physical endurance. It’s located in Menggatal town, 40 minutes outside of Kota Kinabalu.
Although there are no official hiking trails in Bukit Kokol, hikers usually pick Kionsom, Inanam (next to the signboard leading the way to Kasih Sayang Resort) as a starting point and work their way up.
By the roadside of Bukit Kokol, hikers can stop by roadside food stalls overlooking a splendid view of the Kota Kinabalu landscape.
Address: Bukit Kokol, Menggatal, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Bukit Trig, Apin-apin, Keningau
A thrilling hiking spot which has also become a popular tourist attraction in Keningau, Bukit Trig is made up of unique geographical formations that were once used to guide aircraft surveyors before the existence of the GPS. The origin of the word “trig” itself comes from the Greek word for “triangle” and “measure”. The hills are now managed by the village folk of Apin-apin.
There are two routes available for hikers: the beginners’ route has six checkpoints with a distance of 1.57km, while the more advance route features a 2.49km hike with six checkpoints. The peak stands at a height of 1,883 feet.
Address: Bukit Trig, Jalan Apin-apin Lama, 89650 Keningau, Sabah. Open daily, 6am-5pm. Entry fee, RM2.
Text by Desiree Frenche Ogak
Photos by Mohd Ekpirol Tasim
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