HOW TO GET TO THE MOSSY FOREST? IS IT WORTH IT? HOW LONG DOES THE HIKE TAKE?
Hiking at the Mossy Forest is one of the best things to do in Cameron Highlands. Beautiful and mysterious, the Mossy Forest is like entering a time tunnel to the world of Lord Of The Rings or Alice in Wonderland!
KEY HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THE MOSSY FOREST IN CAMERON HIGHLANDS:
- The Mossy Forest gets its name from the thick layer of moss that blankets the forest floor and trees.
- The forest is one of the main things to do in Cameron Highlands
- It is at an elevation of around 2,000 meters above sea level
- The hike takes 1h
- The Mossy Forest is closed during the rainy season (November – January)
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Complete guide about the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands
How to get to the Mossy Forest?
There are only 2 options to get there.
With your own vehicle
If you have your own car or rent a car/scooter on-site, then it’s easy, head to the parking at the entrance of the hike (HERE). However, be aware that the road to get there is super narrow! Be prepared for a little sweat driving up there. Not impossible and don’t be discouraged, but be extra careful!
On the way to the forest, you will drive through the amazing BOH Tea Plantations. Stop along the road to take some amazing shots!
Join a tour guide
The other easy option to get there is to join a tour guide! For that, you will be picked up at your hotel in a Jeep, and the guide will drive you there and show you other cool places in Cameron Highlands for half a day.
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Hiking at the Mossy Forest
The trail at the Mossy Forest is pretty much straightforward. There is a boardwalk not to step directly on the floor and preserve this unique natural environment.
The trails wind through a landscape straight out of a fantasy novel, with towering trees adorned in moss and ferns creating a mystical ambiance.
In the middle, there is a tower for a viewpoint! And yes, the view is stunning!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: easy (there are some stairs though, but nothing dramatic)
ENTRANCE FEE: 30RM for adults and 15RM for children (a bit more expensive than other activities in Cameron Highlands, but worth it!)
Flora and Fauna at the Mossy Forest
What sets the Mossy Forest apart is its rich biodiversity. The unique environmental conditions of high altitude, cool temperatures, and high humidity create an ideal habitat for a plethora of plant and animal species.
The forest is home to an array of orchids, pitcher plants, and mosses, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
Birdwatchers will delight in the chance to spot various avian species, including the elusive mountain peacock-pheasant and numerous colorful songbirds. Lucky hikers might even encounter the resident primates, such as the silvered leaf monkeys and long-tailed macaques, adding an element of wildlife intrigue to the journey.
The atmosphere is even more interesting in the morning when it is foggy, and humid with only a few rays of sunlight hitting the forest floor causing the ground surface to look like a carpet.
Best time to hike the Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest is closed to the public during the monsoon season (November to January). It is best to avoid visiting Cameron Highlands at this time because heavy rains often result in landslides along the road leading there.
The best time to go is during summer June – August.
Also, it is best to go in the morning because, at that time, the Mossy Forest is still shrouded in fog, thus adding an aura of mystery that is quite beautiful for photography. Don’t forget to bring thick clothes because the weather is quite cold at that time.
Final tips for hiking the Mossy Forest
To make the most of your hiking experience in the Mossy Forest, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Dress Appropriately: The weather in Cameron Highlands can be unpredictable, so it’s advisable to dress in layers and bring waterproof gear.
- Guided Tours: Consider joining a guided tour to gain insights into the unique flora and fauna from knowledgeable local guides.
- Respect Nature: As with any natural environment, it’s crucial to practice responsible hiking. Stay on designated trails, refrain from littering, and avoid disturbing wildlife.
Enjoy the journey!
The journey to the Mossy Forest is as much a part of the experience as the destination itself. Take in the scenic views, enjoy the cool mountain air, and embrace the sense of adventure as you make your way to this mystical forest.
For us, the trip to the Mossy Forest was one of the main highlights during our time at the Cameron Highlands! We absolutely recommend to anyone to make the trip to the Forest!
For more ideas on things to do in Cameron Highlands check out our full post here.