Trong Falls / Pecah Batu
Trong Falls consist of 2 main waterfalls with several secondary falls in-between and a tributary fall around midway of the trail. The lower fall used to be a water catchment dam utilizing the natural barrier of the block type cascade. It is a very attractive waterfall, almost vertical, and with a huge pool, very suitable for swimming and bathing. The upper fall is a very tall 2 tier horsetail type waterfall with a semi-large pool. Forestry permit is required to visit the Upper Trong Fall.
The small village of Trong is located about 16 km south of Taiping on the road to Beruas. From there a small road leads in 6km to the waterfall.(Image 1) The condition of this road is reasonable early on but deeper in it gets quite narrow and rutted with some sections steep and only passable by a single vehicle at a time. Majority of the visitors stops midway before a bridge where bathing & picnic activities is common. At the end of the access road there is a parking clearing that can accommodate about 10 vehicles at a time.
The river flows in a deeply eroded ravine. You can hear the water but not see it. The jungle around is attractive and unspoilt. There is a series of stairs at the edge of the hill, visitors will have to climb down the steep stairs to reach the Lower Trong Fall.
To visit the Upper Trong Falls, visitors have to climb back up the stairs to the parking area. There is a clear trail on right going to the interior jungle. A guide is recommended to visit the Upper Trong Fall. The trail is initially clear but gets rather faint deeper in. Visitors may also get confused as there are several junctions that may be going to the mountain peak instead. The trail generally sticks close to the riverbank without needing to cross to the left of the main river. There are multiple smaller stream crossings along the way. An interesting waterfall is found on one of these larger tributary stream. There is no known stream name so it will be identified as Anak Trong Fall. At the end of the trail, visitors will be greeted by the very tall Upper Trong Fall. The Upper Trong Fall is taller and more imposing than the Lower one. The pool is deep and the water is clear. It is so tall, that from the ground level only a section of its upper tier is visible despite it having a significant height on its own.
There are some shorter height cascades falls on the main river that is worth visiting on the trip back. While not documented and generally lower in height, they are significant and considered as a part of Trong Falls. Visitors should take precaution while bathing at the waterfall to watch out for the change in weather. The surge and shear volume of water rushing down from the mountains is not to be taken lightly.
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