Bukit Kutu aka Treacher Hill via Old Colonial route(Ampang Pecah)

Updated: 3 days ago

My anniversary hike to Bukit Kutu via the Old Colonial Trail was enthralling, educational and a great workout.

In February 1883, Kuala Kubu old town was destroyed by a catastrophic flood from the broken dam. Since then, the old part is known as Ampang Pecah meaning broken dam.

The Trailblazers attempted a trans-Kutu on the Old Colonial route or Legenda trail to the ruins of the bungalow on top of Bukit Kutu 1050m. This route is less trodden and slightly raw and steeper than the normal trail.

We tracked through a myriad of terrains, hiking over bushes, forested area, rocks, river crossings, bamboo forest, root and rock climbs! This trans hike can be your ultimate outdoor wanderlust!
Morning views towards the trailhead in Ampang Pecah

Starting point: Parked opposite the football field. 3°32'37.2"N 101°41'08.3"E If you are going to do the trans you will need to arrange for a second vehicle for pick up either way!

Hike Duration: Allow around 7 hours from the entrance of the jungle, 6km in and 6km out.

End Hike: Pertak Waterfalls

Hike Difficulty: 3.5/5

Break it into 3 parts, part 1, is a moderate ascend, part 2 involves some steep inclines and part 3 is downhill

Scenery Rewards: 4/5

Note: You could start from Pertak falls and descend to Ampang Pecah. However, note that the route is raw and the canopy is thick. It does get dark quick here, and the afternoon showers and overcast sky could make the route dim. Therefore if you are thinking to do this in the afternoon, a headlamp might come in handy!

What to bring

1. Basic first aid stuff such as disinfectant, ankle guard in case you sprain your ankle, band-aid.

2. Walking stick

3. Raincoat and Poncho ( you will be able to find them at any convenience store or Daiso or Mr DIY shops for about RM6.00)

4. Head-Torch, if you start before 7am

5. At least 2l of water, pack lunch, snack

6. Change of clothes, especially if you want to refresh yourself by the waterfalls at the end of the hike.

7. Good pair of hiking shoes is absolutely necessary

8. Gloves

9. Leech Alert! So do bring a Dettol or Listerine spray

10. Check the weather forecast


If you end your hike in Pertak Waterfalls, there is a haphazard changing facility there!

Psyched with the views of Selangor dam and part of the Titiwangsa range from the top

PART 1- Orchard, flat open space, Camp ( Gold Hill)

Walk up the trail leading to the forest, there is red/white tape marking the trailhead.

Start trailhead of the Old colonial trail, Lagenda route

Mangosteen flowers are always amusing.

Start hike is mosquitos infested, so come prepared!

The hike starts with a moderate ascend rising from the orchards. The trail gets narrower and for about 30m ahead. We were trampling on bushes, scrubs on this rather raw trail. The Trailblazer team did a great job clearing the weed a few days earlier in anticipation of this group hike.

The trail here is rather dim as it appears to be in the shadows of Bukit Kutu. Therefore hike when there is light! From the Campsite, (Gold Hill graffiti) the trail eases for about 50m to the water point.

When you reach the waterpoint the stream is on the lower slope on the left. There is an empty bottle left on a stub of a tree as a marker.

Camp Checkpoint

PART 2: Waterpoint to Bungalow

The trail from the water point to the bungalow is a series of inclines and it gets steeper after the big boulder. If you are looking for a challenging workout, this would be it!

The trail from the water point. There are about 10 series of steep slopes all the way up!
The trail gets steeper towards the last 50m to the abandon bungalow

BUKIT KUTU 1053m & the Ruins

If you come from the old colonial trail, you will arrive from the flight of stairs of the ruins. These are relics of the sanatorium.

Nothing much left of the ruins of the Sanatorium and bungalow.

The ruins of the bungalow of Bukit Kutu 1050m, erated around 1895, 1904

As you descent from the peak, you will see a tall structure which is the few relics left of the bungalow. A fireplace, the main entrance steps, the chimney and also a well! (more history on the bungalow)


To get to this peak, on a weekend would mean to patiently wait for your turn as the way is precarious and dangerous and only possible for 2 at one time. I won't suggest going up there in rainy or windy condition! And also won't recommend more than 2 people on that rock! You will fall a long way if you try anything stupid at the top!

Bukit Kutu boulders

Do you have acrophobia? Are you afraid of heights? If you are, forget about going up! 3 flights of daunting and precarious climb up a rickety ladder to a flat space no more than one foot and slopping at all sides is really scary! And descending is even more terrifying! But, if you are willing to risk it all, just DO IT and HOLD ON TIGHT!

The views of the Selangor Dam from the Bukit Kutu boulders is incredibly gorgeous & terrifying!
Climb up the 1st ladder
The 2nd and 3rd ladder of Bukit Kutu. Photos from PTT Outdoor

On a clear day, you could see the Titiwangsa mountain range at the backdrop. #Bukitkutu

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Peaks that make out the Titiwangsa mountain range


It took us about 2.5 hours to descend with plenty of photo stops. Once you have cleared the rocky terrain from the peak to Batu Tedung, you will be tempted to hop and jump all the way down to the Pertak falls.

1/4 way down the Serpent's rock
This gigantic rock is a good place to recharge before descending the hill

Part of Batu Tedung / Serpent's Rock from viewpoint. Expansive views of the Titiwangsa Range
Bamboo forest
There are about 3 stream crossing. 1st mini stream
2nd stream crossing! Opportunity to wash your boots!
1st stream crossing....you can walk across the broken bridge! Matter of time it will collapse entirely!
Way out to Pertak Waterfalls and Carpark

There is only one thing you could do after such an exhausting hike! Cool down in the cold and refreshing falls!

Note: If you are coming from Pertak, you may need to remove your shoes or wear sandals.

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