My intention of this ride was to try out Fox Hill as it is an off road trail. To find an off road trail in Penang is hard and it is even harder if it is for XC ride. One by one, the trails are converted to single track cemented and some even make it to jeep tracks. Like in Hill Turn, Ngor Hean and Oh Kio. There are a few ways to get to Fox Hill and going thru Thai Siang Low Koon is being 1. We used that for shorter route and avoid the afternoon sun.
Thai Siang Low Koon or better known as TSLK to Penang bikers. It is also one of the toughest route to cycle in Penang with the highest elevation of just 431m. It is not about the elevation as it is more about the continuous steep climb. For ~1.4km, it is all about straight climb without any flats or an average gradient is 17 degree. There are 2 parts of this trail has the hardest climb which is about 26-30 degree gradient and it is a single cemented track. One of them is named Stairway to Heaven as all you can see is the sky when climbed this stretch. Right after this toughest climb, it will have another shorter climb with about the same gradient. By now, I was so exhausted and my legs were screaming to stop and heart asked me to cool down. Strava has ranked this place as Category 2 climb. Fox Hill is not far after the 2nd toughest climb. Smell of relieve for me.
Fox Hill is just 2.1km off road with some pedaling require at certain sections but mostly are downhill. The trail is well kept for now as they just cleared that part for a competition. So, some parts the soil was a bit soft. The trail was covered with tree roots and drops but too bad no switchback. It is hard to find non-cemented switchback in Penang. The trail is single track and some part is just next to a cliff but it is rideable. This place reminds me Bukit Kiara in KL. The exit of the trail is linked to Tua Peh Kong Temple in AID.
It took me about 38 mins for the ascent and descent, so it was still bright to do another loop up to AID. I had fun and I will come back again but will not go thru TSLK this time.
How to get there? Follow the pictures below 1 by 1 and you won’t go missing. The entrance to the place is near the Air Itam Police Station. Look for the arch below as it sandwich in between a coffee shop and a house next to Indian Temple.
Then follow the red arrow and always follow the main path. Don’t worry about those path connecting to it.
Always stop for the magnificent view or more like a break for me… 😀
You will hit a trail built in between the hut.
This is Stairway to Heaven.
Stop for another breath taking view before continue on.
Finally, the Fox Hill entrance. This is the only connecting path that is off road and they sprayed pain on the floor. Going straight will lead you to Penang Hill.
My friend told me always follow the red and white ribbon and you won’t go missing.
The end of the trail which will connects back to the cemented track and down to the Tua Peh Kong Temple.
Well, enjoy your ride.