A Trip to the Summit of Singapore

I’m not talking about the Everest though instead the highest natural point in Singapore that stands 163 metres high. Yes, you can boast about reaching a summit just by walking a simple trail that even a babies can conquer. You read that right cause in Bukit Timah Reserve, you can even bring a stroller! How convenient!

Another weekend has passed and another trail has our family walked. This has truly becoming a habit and even the kids now label Saturdays as “walking day”. At least we’re training them young to have a healthy lifestyle. They don’t miss anything from the “city life” Singapore has to offer though as every after trail surely leads to a mall to stroll and grab a bite. That’s how we roll or let’s just say that’s how we balance our weekends.

If you read my previous blog about our trip to Rail Corridor you’ll know that we’ve almost got caught my the rain. That’s why this time around, we made sure to check the weather update. Sure enough with Singapore’s crazy weather, Mr. Sun went out in the morning’s followed by thunderstorm in the afternoon. Smart enough, we’re out of our front door by 7am!

How to get to there

If ever buses 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961 pass by your area, you’re in luck. You might just not notice on your bus trips (cause you’re too busy using phone.hahaha) that you’ve passed by this area more times that you can remember. Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091) and take a 10-minute walk to the visitor centre (bottom of the summit). You may also opt to use the MRT and alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A and walk to the visitor centre as well.

Opening Hours

Like most Nature Parks in Singapore, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve opens from 7am to 7pm daily (entering or remaining in the nature reserve after 7pm is not allowed). We arrived at 8am and there’s already a lot of people going in different directions already.

That’s the visitor centre behind us. It’s also good to note that there’s no toilet in sight when you start your hike so if ever you find yourself the need to use one, do it in the spacious toilet just opposite the visitor centre. It’s also a good place to freshen up once you’re back from climbing the summit.

photo grabbed from npark.gov.sg

There’s a lot of trails to choose from but we chose the easiest trail (Red coloured – Route 1) as we planned to visit the Hindhede Nature Park where there’s a playground for kids and even a zip line. This is also where you can view the spectacular Hindhede Quarry that’s perfect for your Instagram. You may see my other blog post about Hindhede Nature Park here.

The trail is that’s about 1.7km to the summit starts with a nice two slopes at 40 to 50 degree incline in the beginning. You won’t feel much that you’re going up which is good for beginners and kids/ kids at heart. You’ll sure be out of breath at some point while walking the last and the steepest slope at 60% incline!

What’s great with nature walk’s though is that you don’t need to rush doing it Well, unless it’s about to rain and you didn’t bring any raincoat or umbrella with you. Other than that, you’re very much welcomed to enjoy what’s around you…..NATURE!

This log is really huge in real life! Gotta see it!

The kids loved reading those trivia boards along the way. It also kept their mind busy and away from complaining that their tired already.haha.

Learning about the Seraya Tree kept them thinking about it until the next trivia board.

Like any other place on earth, it’s only right for everyone to be responsible for our own trash. I’m happy we didn’t have any monkey encounters in this trail.

As if the slopes isn’t enough, here’s the final steps to complete your summit experience. We didn’t get to count though the steps going up as we’re just excited to reach the top and relax.

You may choose to skip the stairs and continue with the another slope going to the top if you’re bringing a stroller or just not up for another challenge after that last steep slope you’ve climbed.

As much hype reaching the summit may sound like, in reality there isn’t much to see when you reach the top. Yep! No over the clouds view or vast mountains to see instead you’ll see a radio mast, trees and people. Probably just the sense of proudness of oneself for accomplishing something for a weekend instead of being the usual couch potato at home binge watching Netflix.

If you’re looking for more to justify your effort of going there then add a bit of history to your trip. Just like the what happened during the Battle for Bukit Timah.

On the night of 10th February 1942, the Japanese troops from the 5th and 18th Divisions, supported by armor, attacked troops of the 11th and 15th Indian Brigades, the 22nd Australian brigade, The Special Reserve battalion, Tomforce, Merrett’s Force, the Argylls, Jind State Infantry and ‘X’ Battalion. The Allied forces had to re-grouped to defend the critical junctions at Choa Chu Kang, Jurong and Clementi Roads leading to Bukit Timah Road.
By dawn of 11th February 1942, the Japanese troops reported to their commander Lietenant(sic)-General Tomoyuki Yamashita that they had seized Bukit Timah. The road to the city was open.

After a few photos and enough rest, we decided to go for a move as the summit is starting to get a bit crowded. There’s actually a long queue already when we left just to take a photo with the iconic rock as proof you’ve been there.haha

Remember that last slope before the stairs I’ve mentioned earlier? That’s actually the starting slope when you descend the hill. You may notice too that fellow hikers walking backwards. This is to avoid muscle cramps. You may opt to do this too if you feel uneasy going down.

Since you’ll be going down the same trail, there’s not much new things you’ll see. If you have more energy and would continue with other trails, there’s a lot to choose from. Check it out here.

We continued with Hindhede Nature Park where there’s a children’s playground, even a zipline, and the Hindhede Quarry which is so picturesque, you’re Instagram would love it!

That’s it for our climb to Singapore’s Summit! Hope you like it!

Leave in the comments below if you have any suggestion on where else our feet can bring us!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for future adventures within Singapore, check out our previous trip to  MacRitchie Nature Reserve! This amazing how much greenery this “Little Red Dot” can have. Truly there’s much more to explore than just stroll in the malls every weekend.

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Can’t have enough of that trip? Have more fun watching how we document this trip!

Stay safe everyone,

Family Runs c/o MommyWithAGoal

Quick and Easy Trail Walk along Rail Corridor

As our love to showing our kids how great nature could be continue to grow, last weekend, we walked along the Rail Corridor. This 4km easy walking stretch is way far different from what we experience from the 11km Mac Ritchie Trail.

The whole railway that starts from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station stretches to Woodlands Train Checkpoint 24km in total. The Rail Corridor is a nature trail along the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway line connecting Singapore and Malaysia. The Malaysian rail service ceased operations here in 2011. The same year Singapore gazetted for its conservation.

Rail Corridor (Central) that just opened last March 22, 2021 after being closed in 2019 for restoration. It is between the two conserved truss bridges, 4km stretch that is between Hillview and King Albert Park MRT.

If you’re looking for a beginners trail and also want a bit of history, this is the trail to go. There’s a lot of Instagrammable spots.

Our trip started with a couple of train transfers from Woodlands MRT. Then we took the LRT from Choa Chu Kang MRT to Bukit Panjang MRT which we haven’t tried in a long time, especially since we moved to Woodlands area 5 years ago. So the kids felt like it was their first time and was very giddy about their experience. And lastly, transferred to the Blue train and finally alight at King Albert Park MRT.

It’s just takes a quick 3 minute walk from the MRT and you’ll arrive at the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station. You’ll never miss it as there’s a lot of people going in and out of the trail. Just keep a look out on those sweaty trail walkers and you’ll never get lost! haha

This is the rough road to enter the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station. There’s currently a construction on the left side.

Before starting the 4km walk, we had some photos taken first at the at the old rail tracks near the Heritage Gallery.

Make sure to put some good sunblock to protect your skin/ face from the sun

Behind me in this photo is the one of the conserved truss bridges. It is this are that gets a bit congested as people tend to stop take photos.

Not sure what this wall stands for but according to my research, it is in 1871, that the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company puts forward another proposal to Governor Harry St George Ord which started public protests against it as it would the use of public funds for private interests. 

As said from the start, this walking trail is an easy one and family with even small kids would have fun walking. As you can see, you hardly can tell that you’re walking in a hiking trail as walking path has been well developed.

There may be rough trail along the way but it’s wide enough for 2 way foot traffic. Just right to make you feel you’re doing a nature walk. There isn’t much insects along the trail which is a great thing for those who forgot to put on some insect repellant.

One more good thing is the absence of monkeys in the area. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that bribing your child in long walks is the way to go to avoid tantrums and wailing. For this short trip, what I grabbed from the kids snack basket are these Dewberry. Good thing I was able get 2 packs of this as my youngest started making this face a few minutes when we started our walk. Fairy god Mommy simply put out this biscuits and there comes the smile on her face as well..ahhhh 😌

More photos to remember this nature walk.😀

We also passed by this underpass with graffiti on the walls. Singapore being Singapore, just a few steps away are contractors painting over those graffiti.

If ever you’re in the area and happen to see “Winnie”, don’t hesitate to contact the owner.

Not long after, dark clouds suddenly felt like running after us.Good thing we’re almost near the Railway Mall which marks the end too of the Railway Corridor.

Luckily we are a few minutes away from an exit next to Railway Mall. I didn’t notice any signage nearby and with tall bushes and people coming in and out of it, you’ll totally miss it.

There’s a signage though on the bottom if you’re walking the other way around (Hillview MRT to King Albert Park MRT route).

Railway Mall is a strip of restaurants, have a grocery (Cold Storage) and etc. It is also a stone throw away from Hillview MRT and has a nearby bus stop so basically, a good stand point for you to get to another area without being drench by rain.

The kids were hungry and thirsty at the end of our walk. We finished close to lunchtime which is why most of the food shops are also full of customers. We didn’t want to queue so we just headed for the ColdStorage to grab some snacks first. Here’s my gang trying to relax with the sound of the rain and munching on some unhealthy snacks which they deserved for being such a great troopers today.

There’s limited selection of food shops in the strip and we don’t find any that we want so we decided to just hop on a bus to go to a mall near our place so it would be easier going back home too.

Lunch at Yoshinoya, Causeway Point to fill-up our tummy. Mommy doesn’t have the energy too to cook anymore. haha

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. If you know like me to share any dish you’ve been wanting to do, make sure to leave on the comments below.

If you’re looking for some inspiration a simple snack to make for your picky eaters, check out our previous post on how to make Easy Apple Turnovers! There’s much more you can do in your kitchen just as Chef Gusteau’s famous motto from the movie Ratatouille: Anyone can cook!

Till our next time!

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