Kota Damansara Forest Park

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Kota Damansara Community Forest Park is only about 8km from my house and having seen some photos posted online from the top of Unity Peak at the edge of the park I decided it was time to get my walking boots on again and explore this new area.

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After parking at the forest park centre in Kota Damansara I initially followed the Salleh Trail which headed around the southern portion of the forest park. The trails in the park are well signposted with multiple signs marking the trail as you make your way through the forest. I used AllTrails app to record the trek as shown above – a total of 12.7km.

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The trail led through what looked like secondary forest with not many large trees but it was pleasantly shaded so relatively cool and quite dark.

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Along the trail there were a numbered of sponsored tables and benches at strategic points making it easy to sit down, take a rest and listen to the sounds of the jungle and the streams running down.

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Further up the trail I passed through fairly lush jungle with rich green ferns and creepers climbing the many trees.

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It was good to have my trusty walking boots on again. These boots I had bought a few years ago now for my trek in Nepal and they are still so comfortable for walks like this.

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Along the trail there were some beautiful ferns and of course a large array of fungi growing on the rotten, fallen trees.

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The trail headed up the hill slowly towards Unity Peak, the highest point in the forest park, and soon I reached a key landmark called the “Big Log” which you had to climb over or under on the way to the last section up to the peak. Here there were some more mature large trees with the distinctive buttress roots.

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The last section was a bit of a scramble up some steep slopes but there were some ropes that had been installed making it easier and safer especially for the climb back down.

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The view from the top was well worth the struggle up the last section and I had some great views looking east over Petaling Jaya. The main North-South highway ran directly below the cliff and the noise of the traffic here could be heard clearly.

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This was a wonderful walk and not too arduous with a spectacular view from Unity Peak at the end so highly recommended.

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