Singapore - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - TRAIL

Singapore - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - Trail, Singapore, Asia And Pacific

Some gently sloping hills, but in other sections there are some killer climbs. Great for an all-round ride.

User Reviews (28)

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ian   Weekend Warrior [Jan 30, 2007]

bukit timah is one of the best in singapore. a good place to meet new bikers. one of the good thing in this trail is every one smile each other eventhough they r total stranger. but people please take care of this trail dont feed the monkeys dont litter! and pls if u see some one needs help pls lend your hands specially for bikers. some of the bikers doesn't even care to help at all.

Customer Service

start at bukit timah travel thru quarry thru fajar thru mandai and end up to track 15. bdw around t15 area go and discover "butterfly" track is a cool and technical trck! good luck bikers!

Similar Products Used: butterfly! technical and damn good!
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3
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3
ignaz   Cross Country Rider [May 08, 2005]

Upslopes down slopes, nice stones, fallen branches, roots across the trail. Just when you think it is smooth riding, a hole, stone or some hidden obstacle appears in front. So don't for a second take your hands off that handle-bar, grip it hard. When it rains, it's very slippery, the sand and mud gets stuck in your disc brakes, rim brakes, eyes, mouth, and jersey pockets. The best riding conditions are when it rains less than an hour, 1 to 2 days before your ride; that's when the ground is firm but not dusty. The most dangerous obstacles are ignorant groups hiking, hidden cross-country runners blocking the single-track sections, dumb-asses that stand on the smoothest paths on the uphill and downhill sections and expect you to ride over the dangerous holes and rocks, toddlers brought in by dumb-parents who let them run freely at the foot of the down hill bends. Be careful, be very careful. The trail now is constantly blocked by slow cyclists, cyclists going against the one way flow, and crazy hikers, if your average riding speed is 18km/h or more, please be alert, the only way that I have avoided crashing into them is to point the bicycle out of the trail and jump off. I give it 5 stars because it's the only legal fun trail we have here in Singapore, it's the only one in which I can test my different bikes and setups on. I've broken chains a few times on the uphill climbs and blown my tyres many times on the down-hill sections (faster than 40km/h). Broken my rear derailuer, and it's sprocket tooth on the hidden rocks in the bushes that flank the trail. Bring lots of water, tyre repair kit and multitool. I actually ride it more than once a week, the different sections are good for testing all the new kit that comes out every year. I used to speed faster to kill the boredom of the repeating 6km loop, but it's not recommended these days; now I just buy new stuff to test it out there.

Customer Service

6km loop; just choose any entry point. I recommend starting at the Visitor Centre for those new to the trail. Entering the trail at the any other point could find you riding against the one way flow. Also be careful not to deviate from the main trail, because the small openings are for hikers and riding on into them will land you in trouble with the rude kind of park-rangers waiting for a promotion.

Similar Products Used: None. The others are illegal to ride on. There's the Dual Slalom course nearby at Chestnut Ave. But you need real skills and protective gear to ride it, they got mean jumps over there with some serious air-time, if you got the speed. I have to ride through Bukit Timah MTB trail on my Intense Uzzi DH, to get to the DS course, and the fun stops when you run out of water.
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5
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4
Staka   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2004]

Mmmm...a lot has already been written about this trail but as I ride it a few times a week and have been lucky enough to have the perspective of other trails around the world, I thought I would add my two cents. The BT trail itself is OK and comments by regular riders give a good idea of what to expect. The main thing to worry about is the blinking heat. Espcially if you are from cooler climes like me. I mainly ride it at night with a halide lamp. It's actually a better trail at night because it feels like you are going faster than you are. Stories of fit riders doing it in under 18 mins are entriely feasible. I can do it in 20 (at night) There are a few short steep climbs but all are cleanable. It isn't really technical unless it's raining and then it gets a bit slippery. It used to have some interesting stuff, a step down or two, deep water gulleys etc. but these have gone since the trail maintenance crew have been round and filled in all the holes (Mid 04). I thought it was better the way it was before...oh well... Singapore is only 50km long by 20km wide and extremely land scarce so I guess we are lucky to have BT. Unfortunately this is the only official trail (except Tampines, which is a joke) so locals have had to build other "unofficial" trails. Fortunately they are very close to BT. Although not very hilly they comprise mainly of primary rain forest singletrack with lots of roots and a few log hops. It's possible to ride for a few hours on these trails and they offer a bit more of a technical challenge. Difficult to explain where they are as they are well hidden, the best thing to do is stop someone who looks like they ride a lot (i.e. over 12, a dirty bike, scars on legs etc.) and they will probably be able to show you. There's nothing quite like cycling singletrack through a tropical jungle. So it really is worthwhile riding BT just to find out where the secret trails are...

Customer Service

Only one way on BT, there are plans to reverse it early 05. For secret trails turn left at t-junction after section after the road. Ride up to rocks...ask someone...

Similar Products Used: I've heard different names : but try Ressers, Roots to the Road, Crocs, Butterfly's.
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4
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3
fuwei   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2004]

Fairly easy trail. Only one hard uphill to conquer. Bumpy ride, so let out some air from your tyres. There's one downhill where there are ramps, good for jumping. But beware, a friend of mine was almost badly injured from jumping them.

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3
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3
MANS   Cross Country Rider [Jan 21, 2004]

Must be careful on downhill slopes, esecially when your bicycle is not that superb to handle them. I've dived down those slopes a number of times. Fortunately, not bad injuries. A must for beginers who want to test the limits of their bicycles.

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4
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3
  [Dec 22, 1998]

This is a super work out if done fast. I am not that fast but I've been doing it around 35 minutes. I've also started riding this trail at 6 am (with Nite Rider lights..they're great) and it is brilliant, cuz it that little bit more scary..you are surrounded by dark but noisy jungle.

Customer Service

The previous review is accurate, and has chgoosen the best entry point, there are also a few others, one of the main carpark (not good cuz you fdon't have time to warm up before you hit the wall), also Dairy Farm road. I thought the whole thing was more like 8 km.

Similar Products Used: There are alot of trails in Singapore especially heading NOrth towards the zoo, Mandai road, Woodlands, even the West.. although Singapore is small.. there is a growing number of serious offroad riders
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4
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Banjo   [Dec 29, 1998]

The trail is 7.42 km around. The original phase 1 runs along side the N-S BKE road and follows the water pipeline from Malaysia, It suffers from what National Parks calls 'granite fines' These are lumps of granite waste from the Mandai quarries put there in an effort to stop erosion. At high speed they jump off the trail and attack your frame and ankles.
When the trail almost reaches Rifle Range Road it turns accross the pipeline and wanders through a charming little valley and up some old Kampong steps in to the old Lorong Senapang. I have seen at least three of the deadly Blue Coral snakes along this part. Fortuanatly they are very shy and soon disappear into the jungle.
The trail turns sharp right off Senapang and eventualy links up with the visitors center and Hindhead Road. Cross the car park at the centre and you are on Phase 2. This part is frankly a mess having had zero funds spent on trail maintenance, the exception being a bunch of stupid signs and even dafter fences. Oh I forgot about the poured concrete laid down by N parks to stop the erosion. For chrisake guys have you never heard of water bars.

Despite all the trail erosion the trail is worth a visit as it winds through spectacular primary rainforest and disused granite quarries. The short sharp up hills are a challenge and the down hills fast and furious.
Don't miss this trail if you are in this part of the world.

Customer Service

Fun to enter from the end of Chestnut Avenue. Even more so if you happen to live on Chestnut a few hundred yards from the North end of it.

Similar Products Used: Come off the Bukit Timah trail at Chestnut Avenue, turn right down the hill under the BKE and up the other side. At the top on the left is some low green gates, this is phase 3 of the Bukit Timah trail. It wanders north alongside the BKE up through Lorong gangsa and eventually comes out on Track 15 Mandai Lake road.Look out for oncoming riders, this is an extremly fast trail in both directions and at times has very limited visability due to overhanging jungle and blind corners.
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3
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S.Ganesh   [Jan 03, 1999]

The trail requires you to have a lot of endurance and guts. The corners in the trail are very tight and you will often encounter them after a steep descend. Most of the time, you rule the trail but you have to be alert of other bikers and hikers.

Customer Service

For Beginners like myself :) I prefer the route from Rifle Range Road to Chestnut Avenue. After you get used to the terrain, you might want to tackle the steep climbs and fast descends in Dairy Farm

Similar Products Used: Near the entrance of the Singapore Zoo, there are some tracks.
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4
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Chung Leong   [Jan 10, 1999]

From the Visitor's Carpark, near the exit of that carpark is a Map of the trail. Take that gravel path up towards the climb, the key to not getting lost in this trail is to take the well worn trails. And almost always take the right-hand fork. There is a junction where you have to take a left hander, but the other (right hander) option is so little used, so exercise a bit of common sense, eh? The first half of the trail is pretty technical, with steep rocky climbs and descents. After you come upon an open space that used to be a quarry (it's surrounded by leftover granite), that's where the fun starts, the trail gets smoother, with longer but shallower climbs, and long descents. The trail makes a complete circuit, ending with a short steep descent and ascent that brings you back to the Visitor's Centre and carpark.

Customer Service

My usual start point is at the Visitor's Centre Carpark. It's opposite Beauty World Shopping Centre, can't miss it. There's road signs that warn you of a Mountain Biking Trail in the area.

Similar Products Used: Mandai trail, from the road that leads into the Zoological Gardens, there's a small dirt access road right near the main road junction on the right (assuming you came in from the main road). Follow that trail, past some water pipes, not much options here, just stay on the beaten, well used path and you shouldn't be too far off. A high speed, straightforward (read untechnical) trail. Good for people low on skills (like me). *LOL*
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4
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Marc Wang   [Feb 09, 1999]

Well well , this trail is pretty technical . Inclines vary from 5 degrees to montrous 35 degs . MOst parts of the trail is covered with small gravel pebbles , and lightly littered with large sharp rocks ( punctures U easily ) . Traction can be a problem especially on wet days . The trail is very hilly . Basically after climbing for 10secs , U decent 3 secs , and after that , U climb for another 10 secs again .
Very tiring if U go fast . A suspension fork would help for such undulating terrain . To sum it all up , the short trail has it all , an abundent of steep climbs , ocassional long moderate climbs , lots of scary downhills , loose surfaces and to top it all up , a rather peaceful environment . Not recommended for begineers . Amatuers have to be careful . The professionals , shld enjoy it thoroughly . I do the trail in 24-25 mins , the record for this trail is 17 mins .

Customer Service

I recommend riding the entire loop , starting from the vistors center , anyway , thats the only route I take .
Starting from the exit seems easier ( The exit is the one where U enter going downhill ) , but I usually take it from the entrance cause its the correct way anyway .

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4
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