Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bukidnon: Stunning Sea of Clouds in Malaybalay City

Sea of clouds is a naturally-occurring phenomenon hikers would wish to see when climbing mountains. As such, many would prefer to camp overnight at the peak or start their hike early dawn to witness the formation at daybreak. As it is not an everyday occurrence, the opportunity of seeing the thick layer of clouds hovering over mountain peaks, hills and valleys is considered a rare treat of nature.

In my limited climbing experience, I have personally witnessed the sea of clouds in Mount Kitanglad (Bukidnon), Mount Pulag (Benguet) and Marlboro Mountain (Sagada). Just recently, however, I discovered that it can be also seen along a hiking trail near home -the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park in Malaybalay City.

During our most recent, hike we witnessed the stunning sea of clouds lingering over the hills and rice fields of Sitio Tigbawan in Barangay Can-ayan. It was a treat since the hike lasted only for less than 30 minutes yet the view already made us feel like we are somewhere in Mountain Province or Benguet.

According to, "A sea of clouds forms generally in valleys or over seas in very stable air mass conditions such as in a temperature inversion. Humidity can then reach saturation and condensation leads to a very uniform stratocumulus cloud, stratus cloud or fog. Above this layer, the air must be dry. This is a common situation in a high-pressure area with cooling at the surface by radiative cooling at night in summer, or advection of cold air in winter or in a marine layer." 

Time for some epic selfies. The occurrence of this sea of clouds will definitely attract more hikers to this trail. 

Thick fog were still all over the place by the time we started our descent at about 7 AM.

These photos are taken at the park's Two Trees Peak. It is less than 2 kilometers from the Provincial Capitol Compound and can be accessed by passing through the road in-between the compounds of DPWH and Bukidnon Provincial Jail. From the Capitol Grounds, the hike to Two Trees took us less than 30 minutes including some rest stops and picture-taking.

Location map of Two Trees in Malaybalay City


  1. Hello, pede mag overnight sa tent sa two trees?

  2. Im not sure kasi walang camp site. Pero malapit lang sya sa city proper.


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