Setia Alam Trail – Waterfall Recce
When the MNS group was here for a field visit, they found a waterfall. Being a self-professed water baby, I just had to see if there’s a path we can use to access the waterfall. and better still if there’s a pool where we can soak in.
Alicia, Steven Wong from MNS Herpetofauna (Herp for short) Group and I was also on a mission to find a trail which Steven could use for the Herping trip at the end of January. We ventured into the A trail and tried to find a direct route but it came to a steep and muddy halt.
So I suggested returning to the path the MNS used which is just before the A2 marker and we found our way to the stream and followed it towards the waterfall head. Sadly we didn’t have enough time to venture down the waterfall, will save that for another visit.
The section near the waterfall head is a tad narrow, muddy and slippery. We found a clear pathway which lead from the waterfall outwards towards the pond so we followed it out. In conclusion, the path was made by the Indonesian workers here as a means to get fresh water. They had also laid a PVC pipe to channel water further down the stream before it funnels into the pond / swamp.
We saw a lot of small fishes in the pond hence it must be quite healthy. I wouldn’t want to take a swim in it though, there might be piranhas in there? I’ll use someone else as bait first. 🙂
Steven identified some glow in the dark mushrooms long the path, I’ll be anxious to return here to watch them in their full glory at night during the Herp outing. We also came across tiny mushrooms on stems almost as thin as a strand of hair! A quick google search says it might be an ‘Orange Pinwheel’.
At the pond, we met an Indonesian migrant who was setting off to hunt wild boars for sustenance with a few other migrants, a spear and a pack of dogs. We asked him what animals he usually sees in the forest, and to our surprise, he said ‘beruang’! (bear in the Malay language) He also mentioned deers, porcupine and our dying, endangered tapir.