Mount Ulap is another mountain in Benguet. This mini-hike features many beautiful attractions and remarkable scenery. Hikers will trek through tall pine trees and grassy slopes. Rolling grasslands, hanging bridges and rocky cliffs are among those nice surprises this trek has got to offer. You will also encounter the rock and stone-balancing peak, where stones are balanced one on top of another to create towers. A must see in this hike would be the Gungal Rock and the Pong-ol Burial Caves. Although perfect for your next photo op, make sure to be extra careful when visiting these sights.
As of the moment, this is the only trail open for Mount Ulap. However, there are new trails being developed, so make sure to keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, be sure to go on the Mount Ulap eco-trail on your next visit to Baguio!
Elevation: 1,846 m above sea level
Mount Ulap Eco-Trail
Days needed to complete hike: 1 to 2 days
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 3 to 5 hours
Starting point: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet
Ending point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon, Benguet
This eco-trail is only a day hike, but is not short on spectacular sights. A fairly easy climb, hikers will surely enjoy the relaxing trek up Mount Ulap. Expect to see seemingly unending grassy slopes, tall pine trees and rocky viewpoints. Gungal Rock is one of the more popular viewpoints, where your bravery will be tested. Climb on to the edge of the rock and you will literally feel like the king of the world. Exercise extreme caution though! Aside from these, another attraction would be the Pong-ol Burial Caves.
How to Get There
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:
Mount Ulap Eco-Trail
(Baguio City – Barangay Ampucao – Jump off point)
From Baguio city, take a public jeepney to barangay Ampucao. You may go to the jeep terminal in Shopper’s Lane in Lakandula Street to catch a ride. If you are going with a group, ypu may opt to rent a van or jeep for a less hassle trip. Proceed to the barangay hall to make necessary registrations and meet with local guides. After which, you are ready to continue on to the starting point and start your journey!