The main sights on the northern side of the reserve are the Jelutong Tower and the TreeTop Walk, while along the actual reservoir there are a number of boardwalks along the banks. I am currently on the north-western side of the park so what should I check out first, the Jelutong Tower or the TreeTop Walk? Think I will go with the TreeTop Walk.
Access to the TreeTop Walk is gained from the Sime Track and then the Peirce Track. What's confusing me is that TreeTop Walk is located on a loop, which is only one way. Why would the path be only one way? Anyway, I make my way to the one way loop through the jungle. Once again the path is a little muddy and within thick vegetation. The only real surprise along the walk was a group of about 8 kids carrying machine guns. Yep, that's right ... machine guns. Felt like I was in some sort of Lord of the Flies combined with Rambo movie scene. Well they weren't really kids, probably teenagers or twenty something's carrying out military service. They gave me an absolute fright when I first noticed them grouped within the jungle. They seemed friendly enough and I think they realised that they startled me.
After almost pooing my pants due to kids with guns I made it to the TreeTop Walk. It was relatively easy to get there, but it did get a little hilly on the Pierce track just before the entrance to the walk. Just before the entrance to the TreeTop Walk is a little hut, and within the hut was a park employee overlooking the entrance. Why is there a guy stationed here in the middle of nowhere? I said a quick hello (he was one of the few people I had seen on this walk) and continued to the entrance. Ok .. now I understand why the loop to the TreeTop Walk is only one way, and now I understand why someone is guarding the entrance. The TreeTop Walk has large secure doors that only allow you to pass in one direction. Once you enter the TreeTop Walk there is no going back, you have to finish it, or I guess beg the guard to let you out (i.e. the wimps exit).
After passing through the gate of no return I soon realise why some people may want to turn back. The TreeTop Walk is extremely high and the bridge gets some motion as you walk across.