I got a bit antsy Sunday afternoon. I usually like being at home because I rarely am, but for once, I was hankering to be outside — outside, but not in a mall, so on the spur of the moment, I went hiking at the Southern Ridges. Half the Southern Ridges, to be exact — from the Alexandra Arch to Marang Trail and ending in Vivo City.
I’ve gone on this trail a few times with friends but never alone and we always forget to take note of how long it takes to get from the start to the mall. So this time, I turned on Nike Run and recorded the run/walk and also snapped some photos, just because it was a beautiful day.
Alexandra Arch — This is where we usually start our walk. It’s around 80 meters long and is an easy walk. At night, it’s lit up with LED lights, though I haven’t seen it then. Maybe we should do a night walk one time
For the complete Southern Ridges walk, you have to start at Hort Park but I started my walk late and didn’t want to get caught in the dark in the rain halfway through.
Start of the Forest Walk, which you can do on the ground, as part of the Earth Trail or on this elevated walkway that zigzags across the secondary forest canopy of Telok Blangah Hill. First time I walked this, I discovered I had a mild fear of heights. The surface of the bridge is not actually solid and is instead made up of steel struts, wherein you can see the forest floor or the road way below
The walkway is around 50 meters long and goes up the hill. It’s a pretty easy walk. If you’re lucky, you could spot birds and monkeys in the trees or the trail
Forgot the name of this road, but it’s lined with picturesque black and white houses. Pretty!
Top view. The thing about walking here is that it feels like I’m in the middle of nowhere, but I’m not really far from civilization. I can hear cars whizzing by
If I meet a monkey (the animal kind), I know what to do
End of the steel walkway and the start of the trail, which goes upwards (!) towards Henderson Waves
Had to take a picture of that guy. This trail goes upward, at maybe a 30 degree incline. It’s a moderate walk, though I have a hard time going up the incline. I’m panting by the time I get to the top — and this guy just zips up it!
Henderson Waves is a 274-meter-long pedestrian bridge that connects Telok Blangah Hill Park to Mount Faber Park. At 36 meters above Henderson Road, it’s the highest bridge in Singapore
Reflections at Keppel Bay (designed by Daniel Liebskind) looks like a forgotten city with its spires rising from the forest
Henderson Road down below. I had to steel myself to take this shot!
Henderson Waves gets its name from the undulating ribs of the structure. The ribs also double up as shelter for people, who come here to check out the view or even picnic
Another view of the waves
It’s a fairly easy walk going down, meandering down Mount Faber Park past the Jewel Box (where you go if you want to go on the cable cars) into Marang Road across Vivo City
Pretty floral trellis
It’s all downhill from here. The trail starts with wooden stairs going down and becomes a dirt trail further down. The trail is 0.8 kilometer long and has an elevation of 70 meters (roughly a 24-story building), so going up is a bit of an effort. Going down is easier
End of trail. This looks like the entrance to an enchanted place. For someone who’s tired and sweaty and in need of a long cold drink, it is!
Civilization — and airconditioning and a long cold drink — await!
Time and distance from Alexandra Arch to Vivo City: 4.49 kilometers in roughly 50 minutes to an hour, give or take 15 minutes for taking pictures.