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Kg Pusu, Offroad Trails

Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia

By Joe Adnan
Using these Trail Guides

All jungle trails attempted using these guides are taken at your own risk! Several pointers have been given including kilometer readings and GPS waypoints to help you along. They are merely guides but it still helps to pay attention to the trail ahead and keep that brain in gear. Moreover, print out the trail guide and have it handy with you. That at least takes care of not getting lost. The rest is all about being jungle-savvy. Read up: Using a GPS for biking or Choosing a GPS.

© Joe Adnan
About the Trail

Kampung Sungai Pusu provides access to the jungle trails in the Hulu Gombak Forest Reserve. The trails pass through lowland and hill forests. Some of the trails will take you into the Klang Gates water catchment area, and ultimately to the lake itself. There are two areas that will be dealt with separately, the trails south-east of Kg Sg Pusu, and those heading north and north-west of the village.

Trail Head

To get to Kg Sungai Pusu: join the circular "ring" road from either Ampang or Batu Caves and head towards the Karak highway. Take the left exit signposted "UIA" and "Orang Asli museum", near the Shell station (from Batu Caves). Alternatively, if from Ampang, follows signs for Kuantan and then signposts for "UIA". You will (or should) bypass the Karak highway toll. At T-junction, turn right ("UIA"). Continue over the Karak highway and past the UIA entrance and drive some several kilometers until you reach the village. Park across the road from the warong kopi (waypoint P1: see the table below for coordinates), it should be on your right. You may continue on this road to find suitable parking, bear in mind these are little village roads. After the warong you should pass a small primary school on your left (just look out for the outdoor badminton court) and the road eventually deadends at the Puncak Niaga pumphouse (see below). There is a small carpark here, but only really fits about 1-2 cars.

South-East Trails

The trailhead is located at the end of the Sg Pusu road. There are 3 major forks to this trail. As far as is known, all 3 of them lead to the lakeshore. A fourth fork, which also leads to the lakeshore, is a walking trail. These trails are all singletrack and are well-maintained by the villagers who use it to get to fishing spots and their boats. The total riding distance is only about 4 kilometres. The trails are steep and rutted in some sections, and may require some pushing. To get there: go all the way to the end of the Sg Pusu road, where a Puncak Niaga pumphouse is located. The trail heads steeply uphill on the right, head up and you'll enter into someone's fruit orchard. Keep right of the first two huts and make your way up the hill. The trail climbs up and along the edge of the hill; at times, looking scarily narrow with a steep drop-off to your left. The trail eventually climbs to a ridge that marks the boundary of the Klang Gates water catchment before dropping downhill to the lakeshore. The views across the lake of the Klang Gates ridge (Bukit Batu Tabur) is spectacular. The Klang Gates ridge is, by the way, is probably the longest quartzite ridge in the world.

All the forks on the trail should lead you to the lakeshore. However, do take note that at the first major junction (N3.15.46 E101.45.47), make sure to take the left fork (the trail heads steeply uphill), the other fork is really a footpath that gets seriously technical near its end. It may be rideable with proper equipment and sufficient skill, but it's not possible to climb back up (unless of course, you push the bike up!). This footpath follows a stream bed for about 50 metres, so if you find yourself riding in a stream you'll know that it's the footpath. The other major junction you'll come to would be at N3.15.15 E101.45.72, here either fork takes you down to the lakeshore.

North and North-East Trails

The trails to the north of Sg Pusu are much longer and goes deep into the Hulu Gombak reserve. There are at least 3 main junctions, one leading to an excellent campsite and some very scenic lakeshore huts. There is evidence to suggest that one of the trails lead north to the 13th mile of the old Gombak road, and the other east around the northern edge of the lake to Kuala Sleh. The trails are in good condition � mostly rideable but rutted in some sections. Deadfalls over the trail are common but are not insurmountable.

From the warong at Kg Sg Pusu, turn into the second left tarmac road after the school, it should be right after house no. 60. This road goes steeply uphill before going downhill again. The road turns into a 4wd track at the bottom. It is possible to park your car here, but there is limited space (km 0).

The trail appears to be an ex-logging road that first runs through small-holdings of rubber and fruit orchards. Most of this section of trail is fairly open. At waypoint P2, near two huts at the end of the orchard, the road veers left and climbs uphill onto a ridge with the young rubber trees. Eventually, you'll enter the coolness of the jungle (km 1.1). Not far along this jungle trail you'll come to a Y-junction, waypoint P3 (km 1.4), turn right to go downhill (the not so obvious and somewhat overgrown path) to a campsite (waypoint P6) and lakeshore huts (waypoint P7). If you had turned right at waypoint P2, you will join this trail at waypoint P4.

The trail down from the Y-junction is heavily rutted in some sections but is generally rideable downhill. At waypoint P5 (km 2.9) you'll come to another junction. Right, down to a small stream, will take you eventually to the lakeshore huts (km 3.3). If you had carried on over this junction, this will lead you to a small stream (km 3.4) and the campsite (which lies across the stream). Locals call this stream Sg. Ketanga, and the lakeshore hut area "Kongo".

If you continue left at waypoint P3, you will head north along the contours of the hill. At the junction at waypoint P8 (km4.0, elevation 330m), going left (more like straight on, really) will likely take you until the 13th mile of the old Gombak road. Taking the acute right turn at waypoint P8 will take you eastwards. This goes downhill for about 2.5 kilometres, first through hill forest and then, as the trail begins to level out, through bamboo forest. You'll cross a small stream, then a short distance later a larger stream at waypoint P10 (km6.3). This latter stream is actually Sg Ketanga, but further upriver from the campsite at waypoint P6. There's a log bridge over this stream. Continue across the bridge, where the trail starts to climb again over a very rocky section. The trail climbs for about a kilometre or so to an elevation of 240m before descending into the Sg Seleh valley. You'll come to the bank of Sg Seleh at waypoint P11 (km9.0). The trail seems to continue south along the right-hand bank of the lake.

If the trails do connect, then you can cycle the whole way from Kg Kemensah to Kg Sg Pusu, through at least 25km of jungle trails.

Waypoints and Routes

To use the following tables, you'll need a GPS receiver or a map of the Hulu Gombak Forest Reserve ("Rawang", sheet 117), but preferably both. The sheet to the east of this is not available to the unwashed public at the time of writing. Enter the coordinates manually as waypoints on your GPS receiver. Once you reach the waypoint, you can correct any inaccuracies or error by using the "ref" feature, if your unit allows.

Waypoint Coordinates
P1 N3.15.491 E101.45.080
P2 N3.15.892 E101.45.128
P3 N3.16.267 E101.45.173
P4 N3.16.176 E101.45.322
P5 N3.16.057 E101.45.802
P6 N3.16.067 E101.45.986
P7 N3.15.926 E101.45.902
P8 N3.16.677 E101.45.422
P10 N3.16.699 E101.46.264

Route: Lakeshore Loop

This route is relatively short, but very scenic. It can easily be incorporated into a longer ride.
Waypoint Description and Directions
P1 Starting point. From warong, take second left turn onto tarmac road, which goes uphill, then downhill and turns into 4wd track.
P2 Turn left at 2 huts at the edge of the orchard. You'll climb onto a ridge with young rubber trees, and then enter the jungle.
P3 Turn right at the Y-junction, heading east and downhill.
P5 Go straight ahead for the campsite, or turn right for the lakeshore huts
P6 Campsite, located across the river.
P7 Lakeshore huts. Use responsibly!
P4 From huts, retrace steps and turn left at this point to exit jungle and re-enter rubber plantation.
P2 Rejoin your in-trail here. Turn left at the huts, passing through orchards and re-tracing your steps.

Route: Old Gombak Road

This trail heads north from Kg Sg Pusu and ends at the 13th mile of the old Gombak road. Ride it as an out-and-back or descend the road back to Sg Pusu.
Waypoint Description and Directions
P1 Starting point. From warong, take second left turn onto tarmac road, which goes uphill, then downhill and turns into 4wd track.
P2 Turn left at 2 huts at the edge of the orchard. You'll climb onto a ridge with young rubber trees, and then enter the jungle.
P3 Turn left at the Y-junction, heading north and along the contours.
P8 At this junction, take the left fork (which more like straight on). Keep heading north until you exit on the old Gombak road.

Route: Kuala Sleh?

We had initially thought that this trail might lead to Janda Baik, but a recce on 31/08/02 showed that the trail continues east to the Sg Seleh valley.
Waypoint Distance (Cumulative) Description and Directions
P1 Starting point. From warong, take second left turn onto tarmac road, which goes uphill, then downhill and turns into 4wd track.
1.0km
P2 Turn left at 2 huts at the edge of the orchard. You'll climb onto a ridge with young rubber trees, and then enter the jungle.
1.4km
P3 Turn left at the Y-junction, heading north and along the contours.
4.0km
P8 At this junction (elevation: 330m), take the acute right turn, heading downhill for about 2.5 kilometres.
6.4km
P10 Cross a small stream at waypoint P9, before coming to Sg Ketanga at waypoint P10. Cross over log bridge, begin climbing again for another kilometre. Still heading east. Climb tops out at an elevation of 240m.
9.0km
P11 You'll come to Sg Seleh. Follow the flow downriver along the right bank of Sg Seleh, heading more or less south. Kuala Sleh should be less than 1.5km away as the crow flies.

Updated: August 2002, Joe Adnan, Reza Azmi

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