Bukit Wawasan, Puchong Hiking

I’m not gonna lie: My fitness level is lousy and I found hiking at Bukit Wawasan, Puchong challenging. To give context, this was my first hike in 5 months since my hike at Setia Alam, first hike since completion of treatment 3 weeks ago and second hike this year.

Prior to the hike when I read blogs and reviews about this hiking trail, I was under the impression that it’s an easy hike. I found it easier than Ah Pek Hill (which was a killer to me) but harder than any other hikes I’ve blogged about so far.The start of the trail itself was a little surprise to me. The trail started to ascend consistently from the start. Not as steep and long-stretched as Ah Pek Hill but easily got my heart pumping hard and fast.

bukit wawasan hiking trail up
Up, up here we go, go!

The trail was dry and solid; I can imagine it getting very muddy and slippery when wet because there were more rocks than tree roots. In fact, the first part of the trail was not shaded. I was glad that I wore my Adidas kampung there; my running shoes would be slippery on terrain like this.

bukit wawasan hiking puchong
Still smiling. Still exposed to the rising sun. Still vulnerable to slippery trail (when wet).

After that stretch of ascend, we were treated with flatter trail until we met a clear junction. We decided to take the route on the right because there seemed more people at the time. It seemed alright for some distance until we were welcomed by a long stretch of ascend again.

forbidden trail at bukit wawasan
Happily taking photo with trespassing warning sign while wondering how this popular trail is supposed to be forbidden.

This ascend, however, was slightly different from the first ascend. It was shaded. It was steeper. It was longer. I just didn’t want to look up because my heart could not bear seeing how long more I had to endure the climb.

By now, I was sweating profusely. I had to keep wiping my face because it wasn’t comfortable, especially when my short (untied) hair got stuck to my fair. RK kept telling me to stop but I didn’t dare to because I knew I’d faint when I stop — learned from the Ah Pek Hill experience.

In fact, when I got slower and slower, I started to feel light headed already. Thankfully, I made it to the peak before actually fainting. At the peak, I kept walking around to let my heart slow down progressively. Otherwise, I’d faint for sure.

At the peak, Alicia wasn’t impressed. Haha. Because there was no view! No lookout point. Nothing to see. Just a clear area somewhere up there after all the tiresome hike. It wasn’t too spacious too so hikers don’t usually hang around too long.

bukit wawasan peak
What you see here is what you get up there. Does this even look like a peak?
peak of bukit wawasan puchong
I can take this photo anywhere in the jungle and you won’t know I was at the peak of Bukit Wawasan, Puchong.

We went down the other way, knowing that it’s a circular trail and we’d end up at the starting point. I wished that trail would be easier so that I could use that way up and down the next time I return. Nope. It felt like there were more ascends and descends but it was pretty steep at some points too. And so I will not return. Haha! #loser

hiking train bukit wawasan
They’re not even that far away. The descent was pretty steep. Wished I could build an outdoor slide on the trail.
Don’t know why it looks like the trail leads to nowhere here. Anyway, check out the steepness of the ascend.

I overheard an uncle briefing his fellow friends that after the decent warm up they went through, they’d soon be greeted by a good 10-minute ascend before reaching the peak. It’d be good he said. In my heart, I was like, “if they were as weak as me, they’d feel cheated.” Hahaha!

Anyway, my toes were freaking painful going downhill. I know my feet were supposed to be numb (because of chemotherapy) but not all sensory were gone! Some days, my toes would just hurt when I walk around office in ballerinas that I ended up walking around shoeless. I really suspected my nails would come off during the hike down. Thankfully, they are doing fine now though they are still throbbing.

After a good distance, we arrived at a T-junction. There, we saw a signage advising hikers to take care of the trail and follow the trail markers. It was only then that I realized there were markers on two nearby trees. Not sure if there were markers along the way from the start. I clearly didn’t see them — maybe because I was looking down most of the time.

friendly reminder bukit wawasan
Tadah~! Here’s the friendly reminder to all hikers at Bukit Wawasan, Puchong.

Anyway, so here comes the confusion. Along the trail, there were warning signs saying no trespassing but there were so many hikers along the way! Then there’s also advisory signage and welcoming banner like these that gave me another impression that it’s a public hiking trail.

bukit wawasan hiking trail starting point
Tell me this looks like a welcoming trail starting point.

Whatever the status of the hiking trail was, a few things were clear. Firstly, Bukit Wawasan hiking trail is popular; cars lined the sides of all roads around the starting point by 8am (from a past visit that got cancelled because of rain) and we had to wait and give way frequently when we were hiking down past 8am.

Secondly, the hiking trail at Bukit Wawasan, Puchong was very clean! I don’t remember spotting at rubbish along the way. It was very clean at the peak too! *applaud*

bukit wawasan stream
Can you even spot the clear tiny little stream? The water’s very clear and there was no rubbish floating on or flowing with the water.

Thirdly, the waterfall and famous hidden gem Blue Lagoon were definitely off-limit. There was a clear trail blocked with ropes and stern warning about trespassing. I’ve read many blogs mentioning how they got into trouble when they trespassed there. We overheard from an uncle while sipping coconut water post-hiking that the rangers were catching trespassers just a week ago. *oops*

Whatever the case is, I don’t think I wanna return to hike at Bukit Wawasan, Puchong because I just want to have fun while I meet my sweat/fitness quota. LOL. The steep ascends and descends were not fun. No waterfall or lookout point was not fun either. Haha. I suspect I’d go Chilling Waterfall next because it’s chilling. #loser again.

Here’s a beautiful photo of sun rays taken while hiking down. #s7edge
coconut at bukit wawasan
Definitely looked forward to the coconut drink at the entrance/exit of Bukit Wawasan trail.

My Map My Walk failed halfway so I got Alicia’s data instead.

bukit wawasan puchong hiking map
As mentioned, it’s a circular trail. Started and ended at the same spot.
According to my Fitbit Charge HR, my heart pumped really fast at the first quarter of the hike. I wonder if that’s the first ascend of the killer ascent or something else.
This is auto-detected exercise where about 20-min of the hike were not tracked as exercise. It’s not shown here but I climbed more than 70 flights of stairs that day.

13 thoughts on “Bukit Wawasan, Puchong Hiking”

  1. I just went there yesterday, started my hike around 10am and reached blue lagoon after 4 hour and got lost for 3 times. TBH the blue lagoon as everyone says is worth it as the water is crystal clear and cold, and worth jumping in after hiking under hot sun, and got lost again where there’s a lots of junction will confuse you, just need some good will power and self confidence to make your way out. Remember to bring 2 325ml water bottles and apple as low dense food to reserve your energy. Cheers.

  2. There are 2 water falls hidden inside Wawsan hill. One is small with the water fall height around 3 to 5 feet, which the jeep car is not accessible. You can spot some people (especially kids) play water there and is about 2 to 2.5km away from hill entrance. This one will take 30 to 40 mins to reach with average speed of 45 mins to 1 hour to complete the route that you are taking in your blog post. Another one is about 3.5 to 4km away from entrance and at that part of the trail is jeep car accessible, where you will risk yourself being caught by ranger if you come during weekday, unless come during weekend then is almost risk free. That one is big water fall and is some where off the trail where nearby blue lagoon (about within 1km away from blue lagoon). You can ask the coconut water seller to bring you there as I heard my friend told me he did this before. Anyway Wawasan is a training trail for those trail runners, uncle aunties exercising spot, and many people would lost their way inside as the “forbidden route” which could lead you to water fall and being caught by rangers has many junctions. So if you are adventurous enough, can come on weekend to challenge the forbidden route after improving your fitness level.

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