Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 3 to 5 hours
Jump-off point: Green Valley, Brgy. Dontogan, Baguio City
Mt. Cabuyao Elevation: 2,025 m above sea level
Mt. Sto. Tomas Elevation: 2,256 m above sea level
The path going Mt. Sto. Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao is pretty straightforward as it is already an established route. Follow the trail, or should I say, the cemented road, as it leads you to the peak. Up at the summit, you will be greeted by the two giant discs. These are radio transmitters set up by television and cellphone network companies. The view is of Baguio city and nearby mountain peaks. Stop for a few moments and enjoy the cool breeze in Mount Cabuyao.
After your rest, continue on the path towards the other peak. Mount Sto. Tomas is the highest point in Baguio City. Despite the high elevation, it is fairly easy to reach the peak. This is because you already start off at Baguio city, which is situated high enough as it is. Its peak offers a nice view of the city below and nearby provinces. Hikers may also view the Lingayen Gulf from here. The summit itself is a relaxing rest stop as you take in the sea of clouds and grassy slopes. You will still see the transmission lines from here but don’t let it affect the otherwise beautiful backdrop of nature.
Both mountains are inhabited by locals and it would not be unusual to see them going about their daily lives as you make your climb. You will pass by their schools and houses as you trek up the peak. There are also several stores selling snacks and refreshments should you get hungry on your hike. Be mindful of your trash though! Another attraction would be the farm patches along the path that you will surely pass by. Locals plant various vegetables as a form of living. These locals are also strawberry farmers and it wouldn’t hurt to buy a few kilos for your journey back home.
It’s important to plan your trip in advance to make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go on the day itself. Here are some ways to get to your destination:
Both mountains are located in Baguio City. Starting from this point, hikers may choose between taking a jeepney or a taxi to Green Valley. Proceed to the jump-off point on foot.
Another alternative is to take private transportation all the way to the peak, but where’s the fun in that? Some people even jog or bike from Burnham Park all the way to Mount Sto. Tomas.