Baguio and nearby mountains in Benguet have many options for the novice hiker — whether they’re coming up on two legs or four
How to get your dog (and yourself) hike-ready
- Start with short walks and slowly build up your endurance. It would be good to get used to different terrains in parks and on trails or other grassy paths. In Metro Manila, try La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City, the Timberland Trail in Rizal or the Camp Aguinaldo bike trails.
- Train your dog so that they can respond consistently to your verbal commands, even from afar. This is especially useful if you are planning to let them go off-leash during any part of the hike.
- Make sure you bring enough food and water for both you and your dog. Find out how long the hike is and what the weather is like, so you can plan your supplies. Prepare a first-aid kit for your dog for possible injuries to the paws and so on.
- Protect your dog from ticks, fleas and other pests. Make sure they’re sprayed and that their vaccines are updated.
3 dog-friendly restaurants in Baguio city
- Everything Nice and Hill Station Bistro — Along with most of the restaurants at Camp John Hay Technohub, these favorites allow dogs to dine outside. They’re the perfect places to walk to after running the Yellow Trail.
- Ozark Diner — Our go-to when dining outdoors is not possible. They have dog cookies too!
- Lemon and Olives — This charming restaurant has a small but beautiful terrace where dogs can enjoy the sunset and cold breeze.
- Foggy Mountain Cookhouse — A by-reservations-only private dining place, run by people who are dog owners themselves.
Beginners’ mountain trails in Baguio and nearby mountains in Benguet
- Forest Bathing Trail — A dog-friendly 4km hike inside Camp John Hay. It is a well-marked forest trail that will take you through a relatively flat single-track circuit surrounded by beautiful pine trees.
- Mt Yangbew — The site of our sunrise hikes is a short but steep climb that will give you a sunset
view over La Trinidad Valley and parts of Baguio on one side, and a beautiful sunrise over the mountains on the other.
- Eco Trail — A shorter trail within Camp John Hay, with its signature pine tress and lush greenery.
- Mt Ulap — A very popular mountain in Itogon, named after the fog that rolls in and covers the entire mountain. It’s about an 8km hike out and back to the famous Gungal Rock formation. It’s challenging, but its views are spectacular.
This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of Smile magazine.