One of the things on my Singapore Bucket List is the MacRitchie Trails, and even more specifically the HSBC TreeTop Walk.
From the parks website :
Besides providing another avenue for nature recreation for Singaporeans, the TTW also play an important role in forest canopy research, an area many researchers were not able to get into because of lack of access. This bridge will help to facilitate surveys and plant identification work and further our understanding of how forest ecosystems work.
I sent a message out to some friends and decided on the “short walk” based off of the map and we set out for our 5.0 k round trip hike.
The TreeTop Walk is part of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie that take you through the forest.
It is gorgeous. The temperature drops just a bit, the sounds of nature and the canopy of trees drown out any noises of the city.
However, about halfway into the walk, we realized that I had misread the map and we ended up walking approximately 7k instead (mostly uphill or steep stairs down) and boy are my quads and hamstrings yelling for it.
There are itty bitty signs that help you find your way to the TreeTop Walk (but if you’re walking/trekking with friends it is easy to miss them) ((meaning, if you are chatting!)). You should bring water, a towel and definitely wear good quality tennis shoes (that you don’t mind getting muddy if it’s recently rained!)
There are also not so itty bitty four legged creatures that share your space …
The TreeTop is the first suspension bridge in the region and connects Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang. The total length of the actual suspension bridge is 250 meters and is 25 meters off of the ground.
You can ONLY access the suspension bridge from ONE side (the Ranger Station via Peirce track)
… which is a bit scary when you realize that you can’t seek protection by opening the door behind you which is now locked … as the monkeys approach as you leave the bridge!!!!
Make sure you’re not eating anything or have anything shiny in your bag, and just walk by them and you’ll have no issues (promise!) but it is a bit pulse-pounding for a brief second!
The TreeTopWalk is closed on Mondays and open Tue to Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 8.30am-5pm. There is a Parks Employee that monitors the suspension bridge and they suggest hiking towards the bridge no later than 4.45pm to avoid the bridge being closed.