Marang Trail to HortPark. A Scenic 4km walk.

Marang Trail is the start of the Southern Ridges walk (or the end if you so wish). The Marang Trail starts at the Harbour Front area and is a 9-kilometre chain of green, open spaces spanning the hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park and the unique thing about this trail is that you are mostly connected by nature pathways and bridges (that crosses roads or hang above the forests).

For this article, I am walking from the start of the Marang Trail to HortPark in Alexandra. That’s about 4km walk that takes roughly an hour or so.

Map of South Ridges Hike

You can see the trail from this map. You can see the blue arrow where the Marang Trail is.

Marang Trail to Hort Park
Marang Trail to Hort Park

How to get to Marang Trail

Indeed, it is a short walk from Harbour Front MRT station to the Marang Trail.

If you are driving, there is the Marang Road Car Park which is a large open air car park. You can find plenty of parking spaces 🙂

Once you are parked, look for the “motorcycle parking area” (slightly caged up).

Cut across the parking area by “going into the cage and getting out of the cage” and you will see the start of the trail !

How to get to Marang Trail
How to get to Marang Trail
How to get to Marang Trail
How to get to Marang Trail

The start of the trail is clearly stated

Marang Trail
Marang Trail

And of course, my favourite park map 🙂

Map at the start of Marang Trail
Map at the start of Marang Trail

Up Up and Away

It is quite a way UP the staircase if you are fit. If you are fat like me, then it is a struggle. But take your time. Enjoy the view as you ascend up the stair to Mount Faber.

This looks fine
This looks fine

This looks daunting !

Marang Trail
Daunting Walk up Marang Trail

This greets you at the top !

Marang Trail End
Marang Trail End
Marang Trail End
Marang Trail End

If you want to reach this area to start a walk and avoid the Marang Trail staircase, I saw that there is a CARPARK B at the vicinity.

A map tells you what a good job you have done.

Marang Trail
Marang Trail

The walk from Mount Faber to Henderson Wave

Your next step is to choose 1 of two possible walks from Mount Faber to Henderson Wave. This walk is called the Faber Walk.

 Wave
Wave

I choose to walk the slightly longer route but they are roughly the same. Nothing special about this walk 🙂

Mt Faber Walk
Mt Faber Walk

The view at some points are not bad.

Mt Faber Walk
Mt Faber Walk
Mt Faber Walk
Mt Faber Walk
Mt Faber Perk
Mt Faber Perk

Just enjoy your walk.

Henderson Wave

Soon you will reach Henderson Wave. A nice place right above the roads 🙂

Henderson Wave
Henderson Wave

A board here shows your upcoming attractions

Henderson Wave Map
Henderson Wave Map
Henderson Wave Map
Henderson Wave Map

Covid prevents you from sitting and enjoying the views.

Henderson Wave
Henderson Wave
Henderson Wave
Henderson Wave

The views here are quite special.

Henderson Wave
HendersHenderson Wave Views
Henderson Wave Views
Henderson Wave Views

Or Scary..

What a drop it will be

Telok Blangah Hill Park

You will then reach the Telok Blangah Hill park next.

Telok Blangah Hill Park
Telok Blangah Hill Park

At this location, there are TWO car parks (Car Park 1 and Car Park 2).

There is also this interesting Forest of Giants.

Forest of Giants at Mt Faber
Forest of Giants at Mt Faber

I mean if you have walked in the Muir Woods in California like I did, this is nothing. But still this is pretty refreshing to find such tall trees in Singapore.

Forest of Giants at Mt Faber
Forest of Giants at Mt Faber
Forest of Giants at Mt Faber
Forest of Giants at Mt Faber

Walking down, you will pass by Alkaff Mansion

Alkaff Mansion
Alkaff Mansion

And you will then soon see this.

Stairs leading to Hill Top Walk

You can decide if you want to go up the red stairs but it leads to Hill Top Walk.

It is pretty nice. Do it if you have not done so. At the top, you can still easily carry on the walk as there is a “exit” back to the walk.

Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk

Some photos here

Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk
Telok Blangah Hill Top Walk

Forest Walk

From the Telok Blangah Hill Park, your next stop will be the Forest Walk.

Forest Walk
Forest Walk

If you wish to begin your Southern Ridges Walk at Forest Walk, you can park at Carpark 3 on Telok Blangah Hill Park. But it is a super small car park 🙂

The Forest Walk is a Elevated Metal Bridge which offers you the experience of walking through the secondary forest of Telok Blangah Hill at eye-level with the forest canopy.

Forest Walk
Forest Walk

It can be a little slippery in wet weather so be careful. The views are nice.

Forest Walk and HDB flats
Forest Walk and HDB flats

Take a slow walk and enjoy the tranquility of the forest

Forest Walk
Forest Walk
Forest Walk
Forest Walk
Forest Walk

As you come to the end of the Forest Walk, you will reach the Alexandra Arch, which is a white bridge over the Alexandra Road, which can lead you to the HortPark.

Alexandra Arch

Alexandra Arch
Alexandra Arch
Alexandra Arch
Alexandra Arch

From here you can see the HortPark

Alexandra Arch
Alexandra Arch

HortPark and Canopy Garden Dining

HortPark is so under-rated but it is a great place to learn more about the flora of Singapore. You can see how big the park is.

HortPark
HortPark

By this time, you will have walked 4km.

Marang Trail to HortPark. A Scenic 4km walk.
Marang Trail to HortPark. A Scenic 4km walk.

At this point, we will stop here. But on another day, we will carry on from HortPark to Kent Ridge park through the Canopy Walk !

Oh yes, if you are here and not ate, I recommend the Canopy Garden Dining at the HortPark. The breakfast is great here. The Egg Benedict is nice and so is the English Breakfast set. My favourite is the Scrambled Egg Toast !

With a nice cup of coffee !!

Canopy Garden Dining
Canopy Garden Dining
Canopy Garden Dining
Canopy Garden Dining

When you are done with a nice breakfast and a nice walk in the HortPark itself, you can take a grab back to your car at Marang Road Car Park.

Or if you prefer, you can take a MRT from Labrador Park Mrt to Harbourfront MRT and have a nice local breakfast at Seah Im Hawker Centre.

Other Places to Hike

If you like those hikes with more forest than urban walks, I can recommend the Lower Peirce Reservoir Park and Lower Peirce Trail

And Tell me Your Thoughts

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