Mt. Kalugongis located in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet. The rock formation on top of the mountain is iconic because it resembles a Cowboy’s hat. The word “kalugong” in the local dialect means the hat.
The hiking trail is a piece of cake. The road leading to the park are paved and located in a highly urbanized area. When we were kids there were fewer houses and more trees. The Kalugong Eco Park is a new addition to the area and was used for dirt bike and motocross racing in the past. The entrance fee is 100 PHP, I hope they would give discounts to students, children and the elderly. The park features picnic areas, some traditional houses, swings and small cabins. If you are feeling cold or need a snack you can try their cozy cabin café.
The rock formations looks amazing. They are not slippery but always be careful to avoid any accidents. Visitors should stop vandalizing the rocks. The view from the top is breathtaking; you can view the entire valley of La Trinidad. Disappointingly the numbers of houses are increasing. I wish they can conserve the forest and avoid over development.
If you have the stamina then you can hike to another view-point of the valley or you can continue your journey to Mt. Yangbew / Jumbo (about 3 KM away from Mt. Kalugong). Ask the person at registration area for directions as there are no signs.
Before hiking make sure you’re healthy, bring water and snack. Check the weather and bring a jacket and make sure to wear proper hiking attire. Properly dispose your garbage and avoid destroying the plants and don’t vandalize the rocks.
How to get there:
From Baguio City, ride a jeep going to La Trinidad (Camp Dangwa/Shilan/ Acop/Tomay Route). Get down at Barangay Cruz (upper), the road leading to the mountain is beside Baguio Memorial Services (BMS). Look for the sign below.