In this post, I’ll share information about hiking Rawang Bypass Viewpoint and just before that, let’s read a little bit about this beautiful structure.
Rawang Bypass is a 10 KM highway built to reduce the traffic on federal route 1 and it is the tallest bridge in Malaysia.
Cutting through the verdant forest, the bypass took 12 years to complete with a price tag of RM 628 million.
Quick Facts About Rawang Bypass
- Toll-free highway
- Elevated sections measure 2.7 KM with its highest pillar of 58.2 meters. The highest of its kind in Malaysia
- The route cuts through Taman Warisan Selangor offering verdant forest view
- The elevated structure built to be winding to reduce trees being cut down
- Home to Giam Kanching tree
Check out the scenic view of Rawang Bypass uploaded by a YouTuber (Skyrun Malaysia) and I am sure you will find it amazing!
Hiking Bukit Matt Rawang (Rawang Bypass Viewpoint)
To get to the viewpoint of Rawang Bypass, you will need to hike Bukit Matt.
The Rawang Bypass Viewpoint is at 233 meters above sea level and will take one between 60-90 minutes to complete the full 2.9 KM standard trail (blue line as the map below)
Rawang Bypass Viewpoint Hiking Map
There are two trails that can lead you to the Rawang Bypass viewpoint.
The standard trail offers a much more scenic view and an easy trail which consist of 70% of a flat groud trail.
Honestly, I would recommend the standard trail as it’s not difficult to hike but some of the sections can be quite steep where you can use ropes to pull yourself up. (Trust me, you can do it!)
Rawang Bypass Hiking Entrance
To get started, drive to Bukit Matt Trail Starting Point and park your car at the road shoulder and walk towards the starting point.
This is the starting point and I think someone is building a proper access path for it?
You will now need to walk for about 400 Meters to get to the Rawang Bypass highway.
This used to be an open road for lorries to access a nearby quarry. It is also the same road that leads to Bukit Kuari’s trail where you often see mountain bikes putting their skills to test.
View along the road
When you see these walls, turn right and follow the trail towards down which will lead you to a drainage tunnel
Once you see the tunnel, walk slowly towards it and watch your steps.
At this point, you will be walking underneath the elevated highway via a 30 meters long drainage tunnel to get across to the other side.
Note: If it’s flooded, you can skip the tunnel by walking the trail above the tunnel which will lead you to the easy trail as per the map above.
This is how it looks like inside the tunnel. You’ll find birds flying in and out, just don’t panic and keep walking out of it.
Once you’ve crossed, follow the maintenance road along the highway and you will start hiking Bukit Matt.
Some of the sections are steep and therefore, please use the guide ropes when necessary.
When you can see the winding elevated road, you’re already close to the Rawang Bypass Viewpoint.
The Rawang Bypass viewpoint comes into view once you’re at the Bukit Matt’s peak. I would suggest that you take a break here and enjoy the view especially if you’re in for the sunrise.
Next, go further and you will be able to descend to the other side of Bukit Matt.
At this point, cross the drainage and keep to your right.
Now, walk under the elevated highway so you can get to other side.
The views underneath the elevated highway.
On the other side, you can see the Rawang Bypass Viewpoint. Yes, you just descend from there, well done!
Now, just walk straight and you will get to the end point.
I would suggest that you wear proper shoes and if you have soft skin, a pair of gloves would be helpful to pass the guided ropes.
If it’s raining, avoid hiking because the trail to the viewpoint can be slippery especially after a rainy day.
Have you hiked Bukit Matt to get to the Rawang Bypass viewpoint? Let me know in the comment section below.