You think you’ve done it all.
You’ve eaten at Baguio’s well-loved restaurants, gone boating in Burnham Lake, strolled along Session Rd., and took photos in Baguio’s most visited tourist spots. Now, you’re probably thinking. What’s left for me to do in this city?
Best Baguio Mountain Trails for Hiking
Hiking. You probably haven’t gone hiking yet. Baguio City is near mountains and trails that are great for hiking–whether you’re a beginner or a hiking aficionado! Here, we’ll talk about five of the mountain trails in Baguio for hiking you should definitely visit!
Not really one for hiking? No worries! Mt. Yangbew is an easy trail and can be hiked in just one day. To get there, you can ride a jeepney or take a taxi cab to Brgy. Tawang in La Trinidad.
There are fees to be collected, but they’re very minimal, especially if you’re just hiking for the day.
If you’re up for something more difficult, you can head to Mt. Kalugong! This mountain is near Mt. Yangbew, so if you’re not yet satisfied with your trip, you can head up to this trail.
You can also take a taxi cab to bring you to the summit of Mt. Kalugong. On top of this mountain lies the Mt. Kalugong Cultural Village and Eco-Park where you can eat, relax, or even camp overnight.
This mountain located in Tuba, Benguet is home to the fictional place called “La Presa”, which was featured in the Filipino teleserye “Forevermore”. To get there, you can ride a jeepney bound for Green Valley and hike from there.
There is a view deck at the summit where you can enjoy Baguio’s cityscape and nearby mountains. Mt. Cabuyao is also near the famous Cafe in the Sky, so if you still have spare time on your hands, you might want to pay a visit as well.
Camp John Hay Eco Trail
If you don’t want to leave the city but still want to experience nature’s finest, you can head down to one of Camp John Hay’s hiking trails!
The entrance to this trail is located in front of the Le Monet Hotel at Camp John Hay and can be trekked in an hour or two. This trail is relatively easy and can be enjoyed by beginners or those with pets and kids!
Camp John Hay Yellow Trail
Another of the trails in Camp John Hay that you should visit is the Yellow Trail, or the Forest Bathing Trail. This trail is easy enough for beginners to trekking. There’s no summit; only endpoints, but the trail is picturesque enough for you to take photos.
Baguio Hiking Tips
Take a pick and put your hiking shoes on! But, not before you read through these tips and things to remember before trekking these Baguio mountain trails.
Sari-sari stores and water stations are very uncommon on hiking trails, and if there are stores nearby, they’re usually more expensive than usual. Save up by bringing a bottle of water with you!
Wear proper hiking attire.
Most of these trails are relatively easy, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wear proper hiking attire when you go trekking. Proper attire includes a breathable/dri-fit shirt, pants, and hiking shoes. Another tip would be to bring an umbrella!
Bring bug spray.
You never know what you just might encounter on the trails! Before trekking, you may opt to put on anti-insect lotion on your body.
Leave the trail as is.
Lastly, make sure to bring all your trash with you! Baguio City is one of the cities that takes its environmental policies seriously, so make sure to do your part and keep the trails as clean as you found them.
Grab your friends and head down to one (or two) of these Baguio mountain trails! Don’t forget to share your pictures with us by tagging us at @laquatsacommunity on Instagram!
Kat is a writer, traveler, and a foodie. If she’s not cramming her finals, you can find her reading the latest contemporary romance novels, binge-watching some doctor show on Netflix, or planning her itinerary for her next hypothetical trip with her friends.