If you’re the adventurous type and are looking for a nice thrill to enjoy over a sunny weekend, you don’t have to stray too far away from Baguio for that. La Trinidad is home to Mount Kalugong, which has become quite the popular destination, known for its scenic view and beautiful limestone formations.
Getting there isn’t hard at all, whether you’re driving or commuting via jeep or taxi. As for us, we opted to take the jeep. Just near Baguio City Hall, there is a terminal for Tomay jeepneys (though there is one in Centermall as well). The jeep’s route took us to a drop off point in Km. 8 La Trinidad. The Baguio Memorial Services is the landmark, and from there begins a 30-minute walk uphill to the Mt. Kalugong site itself.
Upon paying a small entrance fee of 50 pesos, you get to choose which section of the site you want to go to first. There is a picnic area if you brought food along with you. The limestone rock formations are perfect for a bit of rock climbing. Or if you want, you may head on to the main spectacle of Mount Kalugong, which is the rock formation in the shape of a hat.
We decided to explore the craggy portion of the site, featuring rocks, rocks, and more rocks! Thankfully the sun wasn’t beating down on us, and the weather was just cloudy enough to keep us cool. We had quite a fun time, trekking and climbing onto the geological formations. It is also important to note that a proper attire is needed to guard oneself from the sharp edges and wild, pointy shrubberies.
But everywhere we went, the view was simply majestic. We could see different parts of La Trinidad from the mountain. As we hopped from stone to stone, we had to remind ourselves to keep a firm grip and footing. Watch your step!
Every nook and cranny was picturesque. Someone even took the time for zen through the meticulous art of rock stacking. We made our way around the grounds and finally headed to the famous “brim” that Mt. Kalugong is famous for.
Not for the faint of heart or for people with acrophobia! We took turns sitting on the edge of the suspended boulder. We could feel the breeze on our faces and the nervous beating of our hearts, telling ourselves, “don’t look down, down look down.” It was thrilling.
There were other people waiting to have their turn of thrill, so when we had our fill, we decided to descend. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t bring food along, which is a shame, because the site has picnic grounds for its visitors.
In total, we only spent less than half the day to enjoy Mount Kalugong. We’re glad we went early in the morning in case it would rain in the afternoon (which it did).
Mount Kalugong is just one of the natural getaways near Baguio City. But word on the street is there are even more sites to discover, and we can’t wait for our next adventure.