A Short and Splendid Hike

loading The viewpoint atop Bukit Hijau, facing Air Itam and the towering summit of Penang Hill in the background.

Bukit Hijau is a quick and easy trail for all ages – with spectacular views, to boot!

Penang’s hills offer all sorts of challenges for people with varying degrees of fitness. They range from full-day trips which cross the hills, starting from the orchards above Balik Pulau and ending at Penang Hill, to half-hour walks up minor peaks that are no less spectacular.

One such short walk is the Bukit Hijau hiking trail. Located just opposite the soaring peaks of the greater Penang Hill range, Bukit Hijau sits on a lesser ridge which runs between the residential township of Island Park and Bukit Jambul, rising up to its highest point at the 418m Bukit Kukus peak, just behind Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

This island of greenery physically separates the townships of Gelugor on the east coast from Paya Terubong in the heart of the island. Apart from being a major source of delicious durians during the fruiting season, the hills here are often frequented by local hikers.

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