by MsMye on 12/04/11 at 8:10 pm
A short description of Mt. Sto. Tomas, also known as Mt. Cabuyao.
Mt. Sto Tomas is Baguio’s highest peak and the second highest mountain in Benguet (next to Mt. Pulag). It’s often a destination for hikers. The peak is 7,500 feet high and it offers a view of Baguio City, La Union province and even South China Sea. This can be reached by foot or by vehicle.
There is a public transportation at the city proper where you can take and it will bring you to the jump-off point. If you take the Apugan-bound jeep, your jump-off is at KM. 8. There is a junction in this area, one that leads to Apugan (left) and the one on the right leads to Mt. Sto. Tomas. You can also ride the Green Valley bound jeep and it will take you until around KM. 7.5 where the turning point of these jeeps are. Green Valley bound jeeps are more frequent than that of Apugan bound jeeps. The later only has 1 trip every hour, while the former always has available next trip as soon as one jeep is filled. Another option is to take an FX ride up to the top. Yes, some drivers are already willing to take passengers until the top.
By foot from the jump-off, it will take around 1.5-2 hours to reach the top. You can also ask for a hitch ride from private vehicles going up or down. The path is an established road, some parts still rough, other parts already cemented. You can take short cuts via some trails as well. When in doubt, just ask the locals since they are kind and approachable.
There are giant twin radars thus the place is also sometimes called “Radar”. There’s an old joke that these radars are in fact giant electric fans that’s why Baguio is cold hehe (and some people really believe it ). There are also other telecommunications towers in the area, most of which are placed at the highest peak.
The best time to take the trek is early in the morning to catch a beautiful view. In most cases, all views are already covered by fog by the afternoon.
This is a popular place especially during the Holy Week because this is where St. Paul parish built its Stations of the Cross and so this is where the community gathers.
The locals are also farmers usually of vegetables and strawberries. You may wish to make some purchase on your way down. Way cheaper than those in the public market.