Pine Tree

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Intro

Pine Tree (still not sure why is it called that!) is located at Fraser Hills, approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Kuala Lumpur. The place is known for it’s amazing weather and beautiful nature.

Background

It’s been a while since we were aiming for this hike. During the raining season it’s mostly closed so we had to wait until February. The trip from KL was quite long. 100 KM is a long way but we couldn’t give up on this hike.

We encounter very limited number of hikers during the hike. Mostly random people hiking without proper gears, using flip-flop or “Kampung Adidas”.

The Trail

It is a Moderate-hard hike. The hike was supposed to be 7 to 8 hours according to the sign board at the start point. To me it looked more like a warning than an information board. I think many non-hikers take that path without having any prior understanding of what lays before them. However, we mange to get to the the first high ground in 2 hours and conquer the twin peak (second summit) in 2.5 hours. 1 hour rest and 2.5 hours coming back. It is worth noting that we did not take a break (excluding short water breaks) and maintain a steady pace through-out the journey (no bragging here ok?). This hike is unique in a way. It takes you almost same time to going back due to it’s unsteady up and downs.

Path was very muddy during our trip but no leeches (thanks god for that). It’s clear that it has been altered for non-professional hikers. Some rope and concrete stairs along the way. However, land slide seems to damage the work they have done. Close to the first peak, there is a part that we had to climb up an almost horizontal ground. There is a rope but have to be careful there. It is a bit tricky.

Interesting part is that after the first peak, there is a noticeable change in the vegetation. We can see different type of trees and the nature feels more virgin. That’s probably something I can look up, or if you know about it, please share with me in the comments.

The Good

  • Weather. It’s just great. The breeze is so refreshing and it rewards you a long the way. The temperature is just perfect. Not too cold and not too hot. At least this is how it was during our hike. It could get cold though.
  • Twin Peak View. It’s facing the neighboring hills and the rain forest. Perfect spot for a refreshment break.
  • Even distribution of inclines. Means, unlike some hikes, you do not have to suffer climbing up a constant slop for hours and then have a flat walk before reaching the peak. This one is more sinuous.

The Bad

  • Trail – Alteration in the trail made it unnatural and arguably less safe. It has not been maintained.
  • The distance from KL is too far. You probably spend more time driving than hiking.

Is it good for camping?

There are no many camping spot along the way. Officially, camping is not allowed but the twin peak would be an ideal spot. There are no source of water nearby so bring enough with you.

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