The Inobong Substation – Crocker Range Park – Kota Kinabalu

by | Mar 18, 2016 | 0 comments

About Inobong Substation

The Inobong Substation is situated in Penampang, which is a suburb of Kota Kinabalu.  It is located on the western tip of Crocker Range Park at an altitude of 1400 ft above sea level.

Inobong substation is a park entrance and ranger outpost for the Crocker Range National Park.  It is run by Sabah Parks, which is the national park service for all of the Sabah national parks.

Inobong is great to visit if you want a bit of nature without venturing far from Kota Kinabalu.  Additionally, If you are looking for a great view head up the hill to Inobong substation.

The Inobong substation offers a beautiful view overlooking Kota Kinabalu.  In addition, you have a great view of the ocean and many islands.




Inobong Substation is the trail head for the historic Salt Trail.  The Salt Trail is a 4-5 day hike that crosses the Crocker Range.   To learn more about the Salt Trail hike, click here.

The Salt Trail is a route traditionally used by the villagers when taking their produce to the market known as Tamu, on the west coast and returning with salt and other goods when they finished selling their produce. Furthermore, it is still the only access route to some of the remote villages around the park area, especially in the upper Papar river area and near the village of Tambunan.

Alternatively, if you don’t have 4-5 days, you can do an out and back hike from Penampang to the Inobong Substation.  This is a popular hike for locals so if you go you are sure to meet some on the way up.  If you are interested, you can read about the hike in our updated 7 Day Hikes in Sabah. There are 6 other great day hikes in there as well. A few of them are right in Kota Kinabalu.

It is important to note that if you want to enter the substation, you will have to pay a small fee.  However, this fee goes to maintaining the parks, so it’s not a bad thing.

Learn More about the Inobong Substation

If you want to learn more about the Inobong substation on Sabah Parks website, click here.

For more information about the Crocker Range National Park, I’ve provided a link to the wikipedia page, here.

And finally, if you have been up to Inobong and have any info to share, we would love to hear from you so leave us a comment!

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