Distance: 1.70KM (Up to Mount Olivia Peak)
Time: 45-50 minutes
Mount Olivia is one of the lesser peaks in the Penang Hill Range. Named after Sir Stamford Raffles’ wife,Olivia,this 260 meter hill can be seen on your right as you enter the Botanic Gardens.
The trail starts 500-600 meters before the Penang Botanic Gardens Entrance. You would be able to see a small bridge going over to your right as you approach the Botanic Gardens.Its before the MNS and Friends of the Botanic Gardens building.(Opposite the road from Moon Gate). Park your car nearby and you can start off by crossing the bridge.
The path starts of right after the bridge.You’ll be able to see a small trail right after the bridge marked with Hash Papers.The starting point might be overgrown at times but it is no worry as the trail is well marked and easy to follow further in.
Apart from a few fallen trees along the way,the trail is generally quite easy to follow.As you continue climbing up,you should come across a small junction after 20-25 minutes (0.90KM).The right fork goes down to Forest Field Apartment near the Botanic Gardens while another path continues up.Take the upward path.
Continue your way up,and within the next 10 minutes you should be standing upon the lesser peak of Mount Olivia.If you look around you would see bricks,probably used by Scouts who camped in the area.Take a short rest here and take the right fork down.This right fork will go downhill before climbing uphill to the real Mount Olivia peak.
At Mount Olivia’s peak you have an option of either continuing down the same way or continuing to Lily Pond,46,Mount Erskine or even Penang Hill.If you wish to continue to 46,go straight ahead along the path after the Olivia peak and after 10 minutes of steep descent you’ll come across a junction.The left turning goes down to Lily Pond while the right turning takes you to 46.Huge trees atop Mount Olivia
Within 2 minutes of taking this right turning,the path opens up to a wide tarmac path.Take the left turning and continue straight ahead.You should reach 46 via the Penang Waterfall stream within 40-50 minutes from here. Left to Lily Pond.Right to 46.Take this path to 46Looking down at Tanjung BungahTeik QuarryA very steep detour from the main trail leads you down to the Penang Waterfall.The trail down to this waterfall is NOT described in this account.