Gunung Baling is a mountain in Kedah, Malaysia standing at 546 meters tall. The summit offer beautiful 360 degree view of it surrounding.
The trail head is located at 5.687112N, 100.914694E (maps), which is 1.5km north of Baling Town, Kedah. From the North South Expressway (E1), take Exit 163 – Seberang Jaya toward Grik (Timur)/Kulim/Butterworth. Keep right and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, and continue straight on E15 which subsequently merges to route 4. After about 56km, slight left to go onto route 67 for 11.8km. Continue going straight (route 67 turn right, do not turn right) for 1.6km to reach Gunung Baling Entrance.
It is unknown if there are public transport services to Gunung Baling’s entrance. However, one can take a coach from KL or Selangor to get to Baling town. The bus station at Baling town (Stesen Bas Baling) is just 1.6km from the Gunung Baling Entrance. One can possibly explore the option of taking taxi or paying the locals to fetch you there.
There is only one trail up Gunung Baling which is straightforward and pretty well-marked. Along the way there are signage and lamp marker to guide you through. From the carpark, the trek up Gunung Baling is about 1.85km long with a height elevation of around 450m. The entrance to the start of the trail is at the end of the carpark.
The first 400m of the hike are spent walking up 30 to 45 degree slopes on soil/muddy trails. The soil/muddy trail can be slippery after rain or heavy downpour. At the stepper sections, there are handrails for support.
After this section, the trail turns flat/gradual for the next 300 meters, most predominately walking up a flight of stairs and through the jungle trails.
For the last 1.1km, the trail continues to go up and gradually the terrain becomes more and more rocky. Nearing the last part of the jungle trail, you will need to climb up a rock obstacle and crawl under some rocks to reach the ridge line. Enjoy the view and walk on the ridge line to reach the summit.
|START||59m||0 km||Trail starts at the end of car park|
|1||5 mins||66m||0.1 km||Slope of 30 to 45 degree|
|2||20 mins||145m||0.5 km||Stairs|
|3||20 mins||175m||0.8 km||Trail starts to turn rocky|
|4||33 mins||350m||1.4 km||Climb up rock obstacle and crawl under some rocks|
|5||12 mins||442m||1.7 km||Ridge line|
Baling, 09100 Baling, Kedah, Malaysia (GPS: 5.678065, 100.925633)
Tel: +60 4-470 1333
– There is basic toilet facilities at the foot of the mountian.
– There is a house just outside Gunung Baling, which sell drinks.