Got a bit hot and tired while doing my usual hill route from Mt Faber to Kent Ridge and decided to “take shelter” in the Nature trail at Kent Ridge Park. I had been there previously once a long long time ago and I remembered that it was a very small place with a mountain bike trail as well.
And indeed it was small. A loop within the trail was just barely 1.2 km. But what it lacked in distance, it made up for in ruggedness.The trail is fairly technical with lots of turns and small roots and stones. It was also fairly undulating but there were steps built in to help the hikers although I didn’t really see why they were necessary considering that there was no steep climb. A closer look at the stepsCould this be how the steps at Bukit Timah will look like when the repair works are completed? I hope not – but then again these type of steps will still be preferable to concrete steps.
One thing that was very distinctly apparent was that there were some sort of skirting along some of the trails.I guess this is Nparks’ idea of protecting the soil from the side of the trail from spilling over. And me think it a way it will also act as a psychological barrier to people to not step on the side of the trails. Probably we will see these when Bukit Timah re-opens.
But meanwhile, for those who want to do some trail works and do not want to go all the way to MacRitchie or Dairy Farm, this might be a good place to train in. Just be prepared to do loops and loops and loops. And if the slope is not challenging enough, there is always Vigilante Drive or Pepys Hill to work the legs.