The Tree Top Walk is a free-standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie and offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding secondary rain-forest and a panoramic view of the nearby Upper Peirce Reservoir. The total length of the walkway is about 250m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25m. The Tree Top Walk also play an important role in forest canopy research as it gives researchers access to areas well off the ground.
The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (1.5 – 2 hour walk) from the reservoir park and 2.5 km (45 mins – 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace). The walkway only allows for one-direction traffic. Visitors can only enter from the Bukit Peirce entrance (via Peirce Track). Walking towards Bukit Kalang, visitors will exit along the Petaling Trail.
This is the stretch of the trail with the most number of monkeys. This stretch is just beside the Island Club Road and sometimes you can see drivers feeding monkeys from their cars which probably explains the greater congregation of monkeys here than other parts of the trail.
Coming up from the slope on the left side, you will hit upon a tarmac road which leads to the Bukit Kalang Service Reservoir enroute to Tree Top walk.
Excerpts from wisegeek.com:
“A service reservoir is a water storage container that holds clean water after it has been treated in a water plant, and before it is piped to the end users. These containers are covered, and are designed to keep the water safe from contamination. Their main purpose is to provide a buffer within the water supply system so that water supplies can be maintained across periods of varying demand. Service reservoirs typically need to be situated at a sufficient height to maintain enough pressure in the downstream pipe network to provide a good flow to the area being supplied, and to enable the water to be raised up to the top of buildings. For this reason, they are sometimes built in the form of water towers. Where water service reservoirs can be built on elevated ground, however, they are often situated underground. A water service reservoir structure is usually based on concrete or steel. There is often an inner lining to protect the water from contamination from the structure itself.”
On the left perimeter of the service reservoir is a bitumen trail called Terentang Trail which leads to the Ranger Station. Following the bitumen trail for about 200m, you will reached a T-junction where the right trail (Peirce Track) leads to TreeTop Walk and the left trail (Terentang Trail) leads back to where you come from (Terentang Trail is a circular trail).
There are water coolers and toilet at the Ranger Station
A security guard is stationed at the entrance of the Tree Top Walk to ensure that hikers adhere to the one way traffic. For safety reason, the suspension bridge can only accomodate up to 30 people at any one time.
The highest point of the suspension bridge is about 25 m. At this height, you will be at at eye-level with the forest canopy. Hence Tree Top Walk is also termed as Canopy Walk. The Upper Peirce Reservoir is also visible from the middle of the bridge. The Tree Top Walk is actually nearer to Upper Peirce than MacRitchie Reservoir. The proper access to the Tree Top Walk is still via either Venus Entrance or MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
The suspension bridge is about 250 m in length. At normal walking speed, it shall take you 2 – 3 minutes to cross the bridge. Not so bad for those with height phobia.
It’s not yet done! From Tempines Hut, it is another 2 km back to Venus Link or 4 km back to MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
From the NParks website:
Tue to Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 8.30am-5pm.
Closed on Mondays except public holidays for maintenance and research.
The HSBC TreeTop Walk gate will be closed at 5pm sharp. Visitors are advised to start hiking towards the bridge by 4.45pm from Ranger Station to avoid disappointment.
How to get there
From the NParks website:
“The TreeTop Walk is accessible from MacRitchie Reservoir Park via MacRitchie Nature Trail (indicated as Route 3 on map) or from Venus Drive, off Upper Thomson Road. The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (1.5 – 2 hour walk) from the reservoir park and 2.5 km (45 mins – 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace).”
See below link for trail map of MacRitchie Reservoir: