Complete Guide to Macritchie Reservoir Walk

view from Jelutong Tower

Have been feeling down and tired recently and J pointed that the reason behind this is the lack of exercise and outdoor activities. With that, he quickly suggested to go to his favourite outdoor activity – Macritchie Reservoir Walk.

I have been to the Macritchie Reservoir walk countless time and it started way back in secondary school where my school would hold annual marathon at this place. At that time, i never seriously took part in it as I am not someone who excel in running.

Anyway, the Macritchie Reservoir is also a place where couples can choose to come once in a while for a walk around the park or to challenge the more than 10km walk into the forested area and climb up the HSBC Hilltop for scenic view of Singapore surrounded with trees. I see families along the way too but mostly runners.

Things to prepare before set off:

These are some of the basic things which I usually prepare before setting off for the walk

things to bring

things to bring

1) Waterproof sport bag with waterbag compartment – I have this red bag gift to me. It contains a water bag so during the walk, i just suck the drinking water through the tube attached. Save the trouble to bring a big water bottle.

2) Sandals or Sport Shoes. The path is always filled with rocks, sands and uneven. A good pair of footwear  is recommended. Don’t wear slippers or footwear that get dirty easily or u will regret it when u see muddy path in front of you. I am always reminded of the scene in Jack Neo’s film Home Run when the kid saw a pool of muddy water with her new shoes whenever I am doing the walk.

3) Wipes/ Towel. Expect a large amount of sweat. It is always wise to have them.

4) Umbrellas/ Poncho. I don’t usually have them cause I enjoy walking in the rain and my bag won’t get too heavy. But if you are not, then please get this ready.

5) A set of clothes to change after the walk.

6) Last of all, set aside 3-4hours of your time for the walk

With that we are ready to set off. You may want to take a look at the map to decide which trail is more suitable for you. We always take the yellow trail starting from St Theresa’s Home including the tree top walk. If it rains, we will skip the tree top walk. And for your information, for consecutive 3 times we are there, we weren’t able to go up due to weather.

The Map of MacRitchie Trail (click for a clearer view):

not so clear map of Macritchie Reservoir

not so clear map of Macritchie Reservoir

Some things to take note and Trail Mannual:

things to note before entering the trail

things to note before entering the trail

And we are finally ready. Basically, I personally divide the walk into three parts. The walk to tree top, at tree top itself and the walk returning. The walk to tree top should be quite steady since we still have the energy and it will take us around 1hour or less for the first 5km. At the tree top, just relax yourselves until you are ready to set off. Take a few picture and enjoy the scenery. The last part is tougher since you should be out of energy by this time and it is another 5km walk. The 5km consists of both forested and  boardway path passing by the golf course.

Off and ready to go

Off and ready to go

Entering into the forest

Entering into the forest

And we have marks to guide us. I think it shows how much we have walked and not how much we are left. Our conversation at the beginning is always discussing if we should turn back and challenging each other to regret not turning back. I wanted to turn back and J ask me to wait for him 3 hours at the cafe. How can I abandon him : )

There are marks indicating how much you have walk

There are marks indicating how much you have walk

After some walk, we reach the path to go up tree top and another chance for us to decide whether to go on walking.

Taking the left path takes you to tree top and taking the right path bring you out to the road. Read on if you take the left path.

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We come to a point where we are able to walk on road or rocks. smooth road are easier to walk.

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We will reach the Ranger Station for stop over for toilet break or water cooler. Refilling of water bottles or take a seat.

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Ranger Station

After a steep hill walk, we reach the TREETOP.

Entrance to HSBC treetop walk

Entrance to HSBC treetop walk

A simple picture of the treetop. You can see that you are actually at the height or above most of the trees nearer to you.

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After coming down from treetop, you can visit the Jelutong Tower and climb up to see another view of Singapore. From there, there will be some boardway which I consider it as easier path. Furthermore, you get stunning view from there.

view from Jelutong Tower

stunning view

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Sunset View

The view of the reservoir is always different everytime I go. I get to see the sunset view, the afternoon view, the view after rain and etc. Feel it for yourselves.

After the walk, head back to wash up yourselves at the shelter near the Mushroom Cafe. I always buy from them their curry puff. Got healthy feel. Not oily. Able to fill abit of the hunger.

Cant stand the hunger, bitten curry puff

Cant stand the hunger, bitten curry puff