21 April 2007

Hiking in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve

Hiking in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve

A list of links in sequential order of our hike (Kelvin, Jon, Pong and I) on 21.04.2007. 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.


A Walk in the Catchment Area

Monkeys

The Hike

Water Pipes

Trudging Along

The Clearing

The Mysterious Hut

The Trail to Jelutong Tower

Jelutong Tower I

Jelutong Tower II

Huge Lizard

Bridge

Planked Path

Eastern Edge of MacRitchie Reservoir

Water Barrier

The Mangrove Swamp

Tortoise

Petaling Hut

The End of the Hike

Kelvin's excellent photos

The National Parks Guide

The End of the Hike


After a brisk walk, we were back at Rifle Range Road. Note the large numbers of monkeys in the distance. The driver of that van was feeding the monkeys.We hitched a ride in a van and were soon dropped outside the Malaysian rail bridge at Bukit Timah Road. Kelvin and I took a bus home while Pong and Jon took a taxi to a barbeque!


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Petaling Hut


We eventually emerged at the Petaling Hut along the Petaling Trail. It appeared that the trail had been closed off due to a landslide.

Observe that my jeans which were soaked in mud.



The Petaling Trail was closed. At that point, we rested and started heading back towards Rifle Range Road.


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Tortoise



We spotted a tortoise on the trail, a long distance from the reservoir. This was no turtle!

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The Mangrove Swamp


So, like the macho men we were, we decided on the most masochistic of activites. We went through the mangrove swamp instead! Kids, don't try this. Bad bad idea.



We went through deep water, mud and rotten logs. We meandered and wandered for an hour or so and we eventually hit solid ground. Yay! However, it was almost 4:00 pm. It was getting dark and we made a decision of abandon our objective. We started back towards the trail on a north-easterly direction. This was easily the most challenging bit of the journey. My jeans were soaked in mud up to knee level.


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Barrier


Defeated! Deep waters form a barrier to our destination. There was no conceivable means across.


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MacRitchie Reservoir


Here we were, at the western end of the MacRitchie Reservoir. There were numerous turtles and fishes in the waters.



Across the waters lie the ruins of the Japanese Shinto temple dating back to the Second World War. When the Japs were getting their butts kicked by the Brits and Americans, they hurriedly demolished the temple before the surrender.


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Planked Path: On the Way to the Ruins of the Shinto Temple


A planked path built by the National Parks Board. A wonderful view to view mangrove swamps and nature up close.



This was, of course, deceptive to the inexperienced eye. This grass patch was totally water-logged an impassable. Stream!



On one side of the planked walkway, one would see mangrove swamps, on the other side, civilisation, yeah, a vulgar golf course. The Bukit Golf Course.


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Bridge


Jon and Kelvin at the bridge. In the distance, a girl wearing sandals walked towards us.


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Huge Lizard



Well, this specimen measured at least 50-60 cm in length.
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Jelutong Tower II


The tower had six levels and one could ascend via a wooden spiral staircase.



The view north, towards the Upper Pierce Reservoir.



There were monkeys in the tower too.


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Jelutong Tower I



We finally arrived at Jeluntong Tower. We swiftly scrambled up.



The view southeast, MacRitchie Reservoir.



The view, southwest, Bukit Golf Course.


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The Trail to Jelutong Tower


As we walked towards Jelutong Tower, we began to encounter cross-country joggers, American families with their kids and even old couples!


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The Mysterious Hut


The mysterious hut in the clearing. The door was locked. Actually, I suspected that the hut stored equipment for the park rangers.


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The Clearing


Suddenly, we stumbled across a large clearing. There was a hut between two streams.



Hmm... There were concrete banks from one direction.


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