Mt. Mauyog is one of the hiking destinations in the province of Cebu. It has a towering height of 1,027 Meters Above Sea Level. It is often compared to a human brain because of its look-like formation. It is usually visited by hiker with twin day hike of neighboring mountain which is Mt. Manunggal (vice versa).
After a year, our group visited again the Queen City of the South. A week before our scheduled flight we arranged and coordinated to our good friend Master Luzlie that we have plan to hike a nearby mountain that close to the proximity of Cebu City. The easiest as possible (lol). Since majority of us doesn’t have any prior preparation for a major hike. We still chose to climb a mountain, in fact not one but twice.
Our day started at around 7AM in the morning at Mc Donalds near our Hotel. We always stay at Sampaguita Suites every time we visit Cebu, but until now I can’t recall what is the name of the exact place. All I know is SAMPAGUITA SUITE’S! (advertising!).
Well, we started travelling going to Balamban via Chartered jeep arranged by Sol and Luz around 10AM. We reached the jump-off point at exactly 11AM and headed straight to the registration area.
We usually bring a packed lunch every time we do a day hike. But in this hike, no one does. Just a 2 liters of fresh water and a couple of snacks.
Around 11:30AM, we finally started our hike. The first part of the trail offers a gradual to steep assault. Mauyog may be thought of a closer and easier version of some of the Tanay’s mountain in Rizal.
We reached the 1st Peak (Human-Brain formation) at exactly 12:00PM. There were some of the groups staying at the rock formation during that time. With little time to spare, we just took some photos and proceeded all the way to the 2nd Peak.
The second half of the climb was different for it was more of bouldering. This was the part where my shoes got damage LOL. The trail assault suddenly changed, there was a time where hiker require a bit of scrambling and some acrobatics style to explore the entire rock formation. I strongly suggest climbers to wear thick and durable shoes.
As we were the only group of hikers in the summit, we manage our time and had our chance to enjoy the fresh air not to mention the panoramic view of the surrounding. The fog appeared very fast and covered the entire area. We were lucky to witnessed the beauty of this mountain before turning it to white background pictures (lol).
Since we still have time and we need to descent to the traditional trail, we had a chance to place our feet to this human-brain rock formation. We took some photos and waited to have a clearer view. After some time, our group decided to descent as we headed our way back to City of another quicky day hike in Talamban.
At exactly 4:00PM, we rode again via our chartered jeep back to the City. It was roughly almost 1 hour ride when we reached the jump-off point. We were bit surprised at the jump-off point as the place used as a pre-nuptial location of aspiring photographers.
Sirao Peak is the easiest mountain that we can recommend. The mountain is perfect for a quick hike as it is can be done in just 10 minutes depends on the facing of the group.
This is a perfect place to breathe fresh air, watching the sun to set not to mention the panoramic view of Metro Cebu. So if you want to relax and want to spend less time hiking, visit this place and prepare yourselves to be closure to nature.
We glad that we had an opportunity to climb again another mountain with our good friend in Cebu. Hiking isn’t just about getting out into the woods, it is also a chance to connect to our good friends we met on the summit.
Special Thanks to Master Luzlie and Sol for arranging this and of course for joining us. Until our next climb. #koyangunsama!
Watch our Video here—– Mt. Mauyog & Sirao Peak <—— (link to follow)
0600 – Wake-up Call
0700 – Assembly at J Square Mcdonalds (heavy breakfast)
0800 – ETD Balamban Cebu via Chartered jeep
0930 – ETA Balamban jump-off / Arrange guide
1000 – Start Trek
1030 – ETA Peak 1 / explore the area
1100 – Resume trek
1115 – ETA Peak 2 / explore the area / LUNCH
1230 – Start descent
1300 – ETA jump-off / ETD Talamaban
1430 – ETA Talamban / jump-off of Sirao Peak
1445 – Start Trek
1500 – ETA Summit / Explore the area
1600 – Start descent
1615 – ETD Flower Farm
1630 – ETA Flower Farm / photo-ops
1730 – ETD Cebu City Proper
1800 – ETA Cebu City / Dinner