Hard to believe it’s been over a decade since I last hiked at Bukit Tabur… Back then I didn’t even know there was an “east” and “west” trail. As it turns out, the last trail we hiked was the “west” trail and this time, I got to go back for the “east” trail.
The day began poorly. Murphy’s Law states that if you need to get the kids to school early because you’ve made plans to be somewhere soon after drop-off, the kids will drag their feet and find all manner of reasons to be even slower than usual. Since the boys have zero concept of being punctual – they respond to tardiness with a nonchalant shrug – I was truly hot and bothered by the time I dropped the kids off.
Why, oh, why did I agree to meet so early for a hike?
In addition to numerous other benefits, hiking also makes your happier. That’s why. Is it the hiking or is it being immersed in nature? I don’t know, but I could feel all my stresses melting away the moment we started trekking. The effect was even faster than ketamine – not that I’ve used ketamine, but it sure was faster than 40 minutes.
After a brief warm-up on level ground, the trail to Bukit Tabur East launches into a relentless uphill climb. Go easy on the pace or you’ll crash before you hit the peak.
The hike requires a bit of scrambling…
…but there are rope aids for some of the tougher sections.
There is one class 4 section so this is not a hike for acrophobics. Remember that what goes up must come down. Although the route is circular (different return path), there is a section of the trail where you are required to go back the way you came – it includes the class 4 section.
The return leg splits off from the original trail just after descending the class 4 section. It is pretty straightforward but it can be tough on the knees. Bukit Tabur East is definitely not a beginner’s hike but it is totally worth it for the views.