Setia Alam Trail – Alam Budiman recce
In spite of all the wet tragedies happening lately, I peeped out of the window excitedly this morning and was excited to find a dry morning, finally! Yay, I get to go out and ‘play’ so I was adamant to make full use of this day of sunshine.
Much has been logged about the Setia Alam Trails lately, but I haven’t been to the Alam Budiman side of it, so I wanted to explore the trails from entrance D and E today. Let’s go!
Upon entering entrance D, I (made a mistake and) thought that I was at checkpoint 1C so I headed north towards 1D. The ‘trail’ was completely overgrown but I thought I was on the right path and pursued the bushes for about 300 meters until I gave up. All was not lost, as I we spotted some brilliantly lovely flowers and white fluffy bug which hopped around like a grasshopper.
p/s Richard looks impressed that I dragged him into the bushes, right? 😛
So we headed back out and took the other option and discovered my mistake. Oh well, we ventured on and found the (real) ‘Canyon’ where we filmed ‘Godzilla’ in video made from our Mountain Biking trip in November, and reckon that it was checkpoint 9. We kept heading north and kept taking the left trail towards entrance E at Alam Budiman. We also logged a double track trail between 11 and entrance E, refer to the map below.
Entrance E from Alam Budiman
The wet sandy and rocky ground was not muddy, and I noticed a lot of water streaming westwards probably due to the heavy rain recently. The elevation seemed high enough for a beautiful cascade of water, if only we had a waterfall here.
There was not much canopy here due to the forests which looked burnt from the dry season. Many huge maple-looking leaves littered the ground and I used them to ‘fan’ off mosquitoes.
I’ve always cycled along Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari (previously known as Jalan Batu Arang) which splits a swamp / lake area and Alicia pointed out that one part of the lake looks like a heart shape, refer to the photo below.
For today, we headed from checkpoint 12 to 7A and west towards 7, 9, 1D, 1C and out the same way we came via D. After checkpoint 7, we saw a wooden bridge with the trail named ‘Titi Serong’ (Crooked bridge) which leads checkpoint 6 that opens out either Rock Garden or Peak Garden trail. I’ll have to track that another day as I was running short of time today.
- The loop we logged today was Entrance D – 1C – 1D – 9 – 10 – 11 – Entrance E – 12 – 7A – 7 – 9 – 1D – 1C – Entrance D for a total of 5 km.
- Most of the trail was run-able except for the short steep uphills but you could still try.
- We logged a double track trail between 11 and entrance E.
- Distance from D to E = 1.5km
- Distance from E – 12 – 7A – 9 – 1C – D = 3.5km
- Good Morning trail is between from E to 12.
- Unconfirmed: Basuh Muka might be between 10 and 12.
- Titi Serong trail is at checkpoint 7.
- ‘Godzilla’ Canyon is at checkpoint 9
My Garmin trail log on Garmin Connect.