Hike at Malasag
It will just take about 8 kilometers from the city until you hit the trails in Malasag, situated along the slopes of Cugman watershed, facing the Macajalar Bay in Cagayan de Oro. Mapawa Nature Park and Eco-Tourism Village are just one of the tourist attraction there. Aside from being host of religious activities during Holy Week, it is also a perfect place for outdoor adventures like hiking, campings, and biking. The reforestration project in Malasag hills helps maintain the peaceful and rich sceneries of its forests, perfect in simulation for pre-climb mountain and nature trekking.
It was a gloomy Sunday morning when the trek starts from the crossing highway of Cugman. It is a family outdoor activity organized by the klub. They brought their family and relatives with them. With my Camelback filled with pack lunch and extra dryfit shirt, handheld camera, water bottle placed in a beltbag and umbrella, everything was set as we headed up for about half an hour until we’ve reached our first stop near DENR. Everyone enjoyed the first few kilometers of the hike as the kids were amazed by the green surroundings.
Not just a kilometer away, after passing the crossing near Eco-Tourism Village, a PHIVOLCS station can be found. A few meters ahead, we found two young men with interesting rigs. They were taking a rest at the corner of the trail that leads to the forest. They were gathering woods and this home-made wood carts with wheel bearings and wooden steering helps them transport wood down the village. These look like mini-versions of the carts in Puerto! Onli in da pilipins!
After half an hour of hiking into the woods, we passed by this tubod with bottomless natural cold water. This serves as water source for the local people especially to the personels assigned on stationed telecom towers in the woods of Malasag. If ever you’ve consumed your water after the first part of the hiking, there’s nothing to worry as this refilling station is safe, natural, no chemical, cool, bottomless and it’s FREE!
It is common to see large fallen logs and vines along the trail and it is very important to look ahead to avoid hitting or caught yourself with these natural things. Enjoy the view. Take a look around. We went there not just for hiking but feeling the nature. It’s one of the closest thing we could experience the life in the wild. Malasag may not be as cold or as thick like Mt. Dulang-Dulang. It has already good established trails but still, we remained cautious sometimes. Malasag forest has lots of thorny vines and ferns.
We took lunch at the shed located in the highest peak of Malasag eco-park. Though the Macajalar bay isn’t visible from the place, we enjoyed staring over the hills of Bukidnon and the river in Catanico.
We had our backtrack after our lunch. Same trail but different pace. Views were different. It’s like taking another trail. The cool forest warmed up a bit in the afternoon. It doesn’t have it’s own weather unlike other mountain ranges. But it isn’t about how high a mountain or how far have you walked. It’s about the bond you are creating not just with the nature but also with your buddies. That hike gave me the chance to see and know more about these friends I’ve spinned with. They are dads with firm grip, quick mind and big hearts. Somehow, looking at them made me realize and take me a peek of what I wanted to become. Everything’s amazing.
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