Monday, January 31, 2011

Trail Hiking: Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park


Located at the rear side of Bukidnon Provincial Capitol Compound in Malaybalay City,  the Provincial Tree Park is a wide area of forest trees, dense foliage and cool air. Its proximity to Malaybalay City proper makes it an ideal place for trail hiking, sightseeing and nature tripping.

The rainy days did not deter our plan to climb the peak of this park, more popularly known as "Two Trees" because of the two tall trees that can be prominently seen from below. Luck was on our side because despite the cloudy skies, it did not rain on the Saturday morning of our climb.

We started walking at 6:30 AM, passed by the Capitol Ground then descended down to the Kaamulan Park.

The Kaamulan Park

Kaamulan Park is a scenic area, with its rolling hills, pine trees, green grasses and ethnic-inspired cottages. This is where many activites are held during the annual Kaamulan Festival of Bukidnon.

 Into the woods

We proceeded to the back of Kaamulan Park and into the woods. After passing by a small creek, the hike became more challenging because of the wet and muddy trail. 




It was more than one hour of ascent before we finally reach the Two Trees. It was then that our sweat and efforts were rewarded with the breathtaking views of Bukidnon.

In the northern side are the neighboring mountains, looking so imposing, rugged and beautiful:


In the east are the rice fields of Sitio Tigbawan, Can-ayan, Malaybalay City:



And in the west is  a clear view of Malaybalay City proper:


More picture taking followed next:

 Me and my officemate Bon (of My Bukidnon Photo Blog) in action. Photo credits to my wife.

Awesome view of Bukidnon

After savoring the cool breeze and enjoying the spectacular scenery we started our descent. Along the way, we picked up plastic wrappers, paper bags and other trash left by some irresponsible climbers. 


Going down...

The view of the "Two Trees" from below

The road going down which exits to the back gate of Kaamulan Park is much easier. I discovered that this is the trail most climbers used when going up because it is nearer to the top and is more easier to hike. But I have no regrets though that we passed through the arduous route in going up. It made the reward of seeing the wonderful sights of Bukidnon much more sweeter.  

 Happy mountain people

(Credits to Engr. Bonzenti Panganiban of My Bukidnon Photo Blog for the topmost photo.)



13 comments :

  1. looks like a good day trip for nature tripping, no difficult trek needed to get the reward :)

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  2. nice green province! i wasn't able to fully enjoyed bukidnon last month.

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  3. Earl. It is really indeed a rewarding moment when we have reached the peak point after being true with the difficult trail that we have pass through. Thanks for the credits earl. Lets continue exploring, experiencing and exposing the beauty of Bukidnon (My Con Tour Blog's tag line).

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  4. @lakwatsera: a great day indeed! the trail was difficult in going up but the reward at the top was all worth it.

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  5. @journeying james: you were here in bukidnon pala. this area is part of the route of a trail run this month, so we familiarize it since we're planning to join the race.

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  6. @bon:plano na pud ta sa ato sunod destination!

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  7. The Philippines is a beautiful country even when you rise above the tropical climate level. Is that park close to Baguio? That's the place I think of whenever I see pine trees in RP. You needed jackets, but rice still grows at that altitude?

    That looks like a fun place to take my family one summer when school is out.

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  8. @Richard: Bukidnon is located in the heart of Mindanao. It is far from Baguio, but Malaybalay, the capital of the province has a cool, Baguio-like atmosphere.

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  9. Wow! I really wanna go there. The photos really looks great!

    Cagayan de Oro News

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  10. too my love one,wheng where you,tex ka naman,kc nasa bokidnon ka saw,tawag ka naman sa akin oh,miz na kita wheng,uwi kan/.

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  11. Is kaamulan park open for business? I mean can we stay overnight in the Bahay-Kubo?

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    1. I guess you can arrange it with the Provincial Tourism Office.

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