Hiking Kranji Forest from Bukit Timah Green Corridor

Hiking Kranji Forest was on my to do list. First, we heard about the accidental clearing by JTC’s contractor, then I saw Brice’s awesome drone footage!

How can this be Singapore!

The opportunity finally came when I gathered with my friends to hike Clementi Forest. I proceeded to walk 17km to reach Kranji Forest.

Click to read my Clementi Forest and Green Corridor hike posts.

On a side note, walking is one of the best ways for me to clear my mind. Just walk and reach the next checkpoint, detour when you feel like it. Take some photos and enjoy nature.

Even when you are lost, there is a sense of liberation! Sense of freedom, getting away from day to day mundane duties 🙂

First tip for Green Corridor. AVOID weekends!

Just head North all the way. It is very hard to get lost. You might detour a bit, but you will likely be on a parallel track.

Example, the stretch behind Hillview Mrt is still not ready.

Walk about 300m along Upper Bukit Timah Road until you hit GPS 1.365542, 103.766719. Turn left and continue along the green rustic canopy.

(Take note Hillview side of Green Corridor will be closed till q2 2024)

 

14km point is near to Mindef Gombak.

Walk towards Junction 10, and you will spot Bukit Panjang LRT zipping across.

Old KTM structure.

Cross Choa Chu Kang Road, and I landed on Pang Sua PCN.

I suspect the authentic path should be to route East of Junction 10 and walk towards the Heavy vehicle carpark (GPS 1.381487, 103.758940). But Pang Sua PCN is more scenic 🙂

Pang Sua Park Connector

I would recommend Junction 10 for your rest stop or toilet break. As you head North towards Sungei Kadut (another 4km), it is harder to find coffeeshop, 7-11 or petrol kiosks.

Cool treats to reward myself, 17km is not exactly a walk in the park. You will be surprised how ice cream can motivate your brain to go further 🙂

Imagining myself in a temperate country‘s wood lands, but alas the humidity got to me.

Walking under KJE.
Nparks just announced a new bridge to connect to “Villa Verde Park” .

Heavy vehicle carpark at Stagmont.

As you walk along these bushes, listen for all the weird insect buzz and birds crooning. Rail corridor is so ALIVE!

18km point, this kilometre marker starts counting from Tanjong Pagar terminal.

Refer Google Map below. Point 1 is start of Pang Sua PCN, next to Junction 10.

As you depart from Pang Sua PCN (near to point 3), and head North towards Kranji. You are walking in parallel to the “lesser developed” Pang Sua river (between Point 3 and 4).

Pang Sua PCN and river map

Had seen Min Desmond enjoying his kayaking there. Looks cool!

Image credit Desmond Lee FB

Spotted many free roaming chickens and chicks around this stretch! Feels like a Malaysia Kampong backyard.

You will notice the trail gets more rustic as we leave the HDB blocks behind.

Watch out for heavy vehicles at the bend along Sungei Kadut Avenue.

Familiar Mandai Shell station, cyclists will know this point.

How rustic do you wish to get? Mud and mangrove galore 🙂

About 1km from end-point, the rain could not wait any further…

Actually, the rain had been creeping up on me since Hillview area. Felt a bit guilty about that extra 15 minutes of ice cream indulgence time :p

Train from Kranji station heading towards Yew Tee.

Quicken my pace as dark clouds loom.

Kranji Forest looks magical.

But take note many fallen branches line Kranji forest. Be alert and try to go with a partner. This place is too isolated.

The track is a cycling heaven for mountain bikes (MTB), but foldies will struggle (mud and terrain). One fine day (not muddy), I will bring my Crius Master to cycle in reverse direction from Kranji Forest to Tanjong Pagar Terminal (Spooner road).

The only shelter along the trek North to Kranji Forest would be under MRT viaduct or the bridge structure below.

I took a short break here for 5 minutes, but decided to proceed as the rain will only get bigger.

Although the blog post is titled Hiking Kranji Forest, this stretch is only 600m!  But it does look like a scene out of a fairy tale.

The mist added to the mystery aura. So Enchanting!

Kranji Forest Mist
Kranji Forest Mist

We can see the boarded sections along Krangi Woodland Forest. This section is close to Kranji Close entrance.

Fortunately, I had decided to hike on, as the drizzle became a downpour. I would be stuck if I had decided to stay at the shelter.

Take note Kranji Forest can be flooded as the streams on both sides will overflow. (Take note the toads will be super loud too!)

Kranji Close junction

Exit Kranji Forest junction totally drenched but super ecstatic.

Changed and took a bus to Woodlands Interchange (do take note the Bus stop location is slightly off on Google Map).

Rainbow Bridge would be another 600m from here, but I will have to wait till another day. Take note Rainbow Bridge opening hours (0500 to 1000, and 1700 to 2200).

Hiking from Green Corridor to Kranji Forest

Video: Hiking Kranji Forest from Green Corridor (YouTube)

Checkout more photos of Hiking Kranji Forest from our Facebook album.

Photos of Kranji Woodland Forest

If you love nature, do pop by the following posts:
– Hiking Green Corridor
– Clementi Forest (photos)
Kranji Forest (photos)
– Bukit Brown and Avatar trees

Hiking Clementi forest

Hiking Clementi Forest came out of the blue. Someone suggested “why-not” and six of us responded YES.

Then we realised nobody has done it before haha(!), and YouTube became our guide.

Nevertheless, we “put date put time” and took leave. We were GAME for some mist, mud and train tracks. Kudos to our adventurous spirit!

Image credit friend

We were afraid we would miss the mist and had arrived early at 0630. Too early as it was still dark and mist not formed yet.

Photo above was taken at around 0645, sunlight quickly showered the landscape between 0645 to 0700. Best time to view the mist would be between 0700 to 0800 (estimated).

If you are researching for Clementi Forest or Old Jurong Railway line, take note there are at least 4 entry points.

You can enter via:
-Point 1 (opp Ngee Ann Poly Bus stop). This is recommended, park at SIM.
-Point 2 (Green Corridor, rough GPS 1.32874, 103.781466)
-Point 3 (Bus Stop Opp Maju Camp)
-Point 4 not in picture. Clementi Forest entrance at Sunset Way (GPS 1.323382, 103.769068)

From Google Map below, we had walked in this direction, 1-2-3 and 4. You will also realise Dover Forest is not too far South of Clementi Forest.

Clementi Forest Entrance

Part 1 of Clementi Forest

Below bus stop is Point 1, “Opp Ngee Ann Poly”. The entrance is actually behind the bus stop, follow the green-railings.
I had referenced a few YouTube videos, but this one is short and precise.

Opp Ngee Ann Poly Bus stop

Back to our hike, there is something surreal about hiking early morning through forested area. The plants are up to our knee height. Your legs will feel refreshing and maybe slight itch if you wear shorts.

Got a bit of army days feeling when we had to wade waist-deep in Lim Chu Kang ponds.

Day break, the forest is waking up to another day, and birds are chirping to welcome the sun rays. What a blessing to immerse in nature.

Welcome to Jurassic Park! What a sight.
Surreal and mysterious mist in Clementi Forest!

Clementi Forest Mist (Image credit friend)

You can spot the mist after a 10 minutes walk.

Objective 1 achieved. The 2nd objective was to find and follow the Old Jurong Rail line and see where it leads us. (Not to be mistaken with KTMB Bukit Timah Railway line)

Image credit friend

(YouTube Video link)  Catch our Fun hiking Clementi Forest. Wonderful experience, closeup to flora and fauna. And the insects and birds never stop singing.

With any adventures, the best memories are actually the journey itself. Mud features highly in our FUN element in Clementi Forest.

My hiking kakis make the trip epic.

We were out of Clementi Forest within 25 minutes! Near to Point 2, we can hear joggers hitting the tarmac at Green Corridor.

Where is the mud? Why so fast exit Clementi Forest already?
Are we on the right track?

Nevermind, we go to the valley for some nice group photo first.

Time flies when we had fun, we took so many photos. The hiking seems shorter and less tiring too.

Nice photo! Better companions.

Part 2 of Clementi Forest Hike

Take this tree as landmark. Just follow the path in.

You can cover Clementi Forest alone, but I would recommend going with companions for safety sake.

Posing time again. Look right to spot this well-concealed red structure in the canal. It is just one 1 minute from entrance (Point 2).

You can step on the cooling water if you wish. We spent 10 to 15 minutes here.

Image credit friend

 

If you do not stop at the red structure, you will need 10 to 12 minutes to reach a log lying across the path.

You can reference another video from CM Chen, at 2:50 minutes for the log.

Clementi Forest trail

Just take the left track and you will spot the train track.

Once you turn in, you will spot Mud within 600m (estimated).

Lost railway to Jurong

Embrace nature.

Plenty of Mud for everyone, this is where the real fun begins.
Some will try to resist coating their shoes brown but it is futile.

Do not let your sole become another statistic :p

Clementi Forest swimming pool haha.

I dare not imagine what would happen if someone slip into the chocolate coloured pool.

This segment could be the most slippery along the trek.

As we were blessed with plenty of rain two days before our hike, the ground was as muddy as it could get.

Clementi Forest Mud

Try to follow in the direction of the tracks, walk on track if possible. Some sections might be blocked by vines or fallen trunks, detour.

Anyway, Clementi Forest “path” is well trodden. In other words, it is very hard to be lost.

Many water bodies seem to be stagnant. Get your insect spray ready.

Point 3 – opposite Maju Camp

We took about 40 minutes to exit the forest and reach our Train Tunnel (opposite Maju camp).

Happy legs and shoes. We have completed the toughest and most muddy section of Old Jurong Railway line.

Image credit friend
Clementi Forest Train Tunnel

Take your time with photos. Be creative.
We do not get to see old tunnels everyday.

But maybe do not try posing after midnight in the tunnel. It might be quite eerie in the tunnel and forest.

Image credit friend
Clementi Forest map
Clementi Forest map

Anyway, you will cross the tunnel (under Clementi Road) and appear in Maju Forest. (Image below, “X” is the tunnel)

There is still mud along the way, but we can do slight detours to skip the mud. We walked pass “Clementi waterfall”.

No one should be drinking from the stream :p

Clementi Forest “Waterfall” !
Image credit friend

Nearing the end of our 3km trek. Everyone is still energetic!

The second mud-covered segment is 300m from Sunset Way exit. Again, this section is normally dry, but was muddy due to last few days of rain.

No worry, just balance on the logs.

Do you need “banana leave” to package (tabao) nasi lemak or get an umbrella?

Take a closer look at the mushroom, ferns and other plants too. You will spot some interesting spiders and insects too.

Clementi Forest Flora Fauna

So happy to see HDB, civilisation!  Is this block 112 or 113?

Some may decide to wash their shoes along the drainage. Water seems clear here. Have seen folks posing here in IG and FB :p

Clementi Forest wash shoes

Point (4) From the train tunnel, we took 40 minutes to exit at Sunset Way.

If you walk South another 200m, you will reach Ulu Pandan PCN and see an old iron bridge (cannot walk over bridge).

Clementi Forest Exit

Hiking Clementi Forest took 2 hours, although it is only a 3 km track.

We took many photos to bring back as memories. Clementi Forest is not your usual walk-in-the-park, but most active folks should be able to do it. Adventurous kids too.

Love our nature and the greenery, but refrain from climbing trees or swinging from branches. The fragile forest will not be able to withstand thousands or hikers climbing it.

We headed to Springleaf Prata to give ourselves a treat. The prata is delicious and crispy. Nice!

Springleaf prata with friends

Everyone agrees this was a happening hike. So happy that we completed our hike and had so much FUN along the way.

This ends my blog post about Hiking at Clementi Forest.

Do check out Brice’s fantastic Drone footage too. His video kick started Singapore’s awareness in both Clementi and Kranji Forest  (Facebook clip).

Clementi Forest (and for that matter, Dover Forest) are slated for future residential development.

Meanwhile, you may catch more photos of my hike (Both Clementi Forest and Kranji Forest in Facebook Photo album)

Clementi Forest and Kranji Forest photos

After Hiking Clementi Forest, I proceeded to part 2 of my adventure.
I had trek 17km to Kranji Forest. Check out the sneak peek below.

Video: Hiking 17km from Green Corridor to Kranji Forest

Due to Covid lockdown, Hidden Trails are getting exposed in Singapore. Read my previous sharing on Green Corridor , Bukit Brown and Kranji Forest (Photos of Kranji Wood lands). Dover Forest and maybe trekking SG 150km will be next.

These trekking episodes have re-ignited my passion for the great outdoors. Challenge would be to find a spot with lesser human traffic :p

Do pop by our overseas family hiking trips in links below.
– Kids at Gunung Belumut (1000m)
– 7 hours NZ Tongariro (Mordor!)
– Our hiking journey is under this hashtag #skbHiking