700 metres climb. 2 hours up. 1 hour down.
Starting from the car park at 7 Wells (Telaga Tujuh) follow the steps all the way to the top and then cross the stream where there are all the signboards in Malay.
There is a small trail that goes into the Jungle - easy to follow and comfortably shady. It winds back and forth across a little stream (in a few places it's just about deep enough to get in for a refreshing soak, but the fish will nibble you). There are a few concrete bridges to cross the stream.
Eventually you will come to a sign that says you are at about 1300 metres above sea level (I can't remember the exact altitude on the sign but it is grossly innaccurate - really you are only at about 250 metres above sea level) and other signs in Malay warning you to turn back. Unless you are an experienced hiker this is good advice, as things get distinctly more challenging from this point on
From this point on the trail becomes narrower and trickier. Best done with good walking shoes. You round the side of a hill until you come to a large gully full of rocks.
Cross the gully and you will find the trail on the opposite side. From here on in the trail is quite steep and the ropes that have been installed are quite useful, especially in rainy season when the the trail is muddy and treacherously slippery.
At the top of the steepest part you meet some rock walls. Look around for the carniverous fly trap plants. From here the forest thins out and trail climbs towards the summit through bushes. You get some beautiful views across at the cable car and the ocean and on a clear day a few islands.
From the summit the view is quite obscured by bushes, though you will be able to see down into the valley below and over towards Telaga Harbour, the airport and beyond that. There's a sign at the summit that says 702 metres which is probably accurate. There is a small trail along the top of the summit .
WARNING - If you are caught in the clouds don't go exploring on the summit, as the trail is very narrow and only a few low bushes separate you from a 700 metre drop to the valley below.
Bring LOTS of water. I know 3 litres per person sounds excessive for a two hour hike, but believe me it is not. The trail can be very slippery in rainy season. There's a sign at the car park asking you to register if you are going to climb, but there is rarely anyone there to register with and trying to get you to fork out for a guide (renjer). Bring a phone.
Leave yourself time to stop at the waterfall on the way back down and soak out those tired legs. Rehydrate with a coconut by the carpark.
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