Located on the Damai Peninsula, 35km north of the Kuching city. Mount Santubong is surround by hotel resorts, local fishing villages, schools, and the Sarawak Cultural Village. The striking peak is visible from Kuching on most days.
She rise steeply at 810m from sea level, on the bottom of the mountain, numerous streams can be seen, its been stated as a National Park (I wrote this article on August 2016) but I do not see this as a potential sanctuary for wildlife.
The Ladder Climb which near the Summit are poorly maintain, which I foresee it will be extra difficult to summit if this continue. Most of the rest stop indication board had been torn down, one positive sign is there are no litter on the route to summit.
On top of the summit, there is a rest hut. The view as of today (Aug 2016) are mostly covered by trees branches, after the trees grow taller, it will be even more difficult to enjoy the summit view.
Mount Santubong Trail Breakdown
Section 1: Two starting point option
a) Park Entrance to F7 - 2 hours (will passby waterfall)
b) Bukit Putri to F7 - 1 hours (some part with bird eyes view of the coast line)
Section 2: Ladder climb starts at F10
F7 to F12 - 1.5 hours
Here require your upper body strength when climb the ladders
Section 3: Steep climb
F12 to F15 - 0.5 hour
For Camping Enthusiastic
The summit Santubong are suitable for hammock (max 5) and tent camping, its possible to view sunset at summit, and sunset is around 6.30pm. Not possible to view sunrise.
There is a rest hut, maximum can cater two tents (two person in one tent)
No water from F6 onward, please bring at least 2 litters of water for camping. There is a pothole on the summit which contain rainwater, but it also contain urine and stool therefore not suitable to drink.
At night get ready for strong and cold breez, average temperature at 25c