Spontaneity at its best. Original plan was to visit the Sirao garden and the Temple of Leah, but since we were already in Sirao, we thought, we might as well climb the peak!
You see, I’ve never trekked before. My trek resumé only has one entry and that’s my 5-year stay at the University of San Carlos. If you have been, you’ll know that some buildings are way up the hills & mountains. I remember catching a 4:30 class uphill after our 3:30-4:30 class near the school entrance. All those running to the mountains, I can finally test them… and that was 4 years since! (ಠ_ಠ) I wasn’t ready, at all. I wasn’t even dressed to do some climbing! I mean, are Mom jeans even qualified to do anything other than, well, be retro?
A mere 3-minute ride from the garden to the foot of the short cut to the peak, we began our ascend. But first! A few pointers from manong driver. You go straight, you go left, you find that big tree, and you go in to the forest!
We started along this wide spider farm. We weren’t quite sure what these were but they’re full of cobwebs.
We moved on and had our first dilemma minutes after we received our instructions. The path was well hidden and we had no idea that we would actually go into the forest.
Almost 30 minutes of pure greens, a few muddy trails, a lot of rocky ones (thankfully) and quick breaks.
My bad knees and mouth-open breathing eased at the sight of the sky. We were greeted, once more, by a two-way dilemma, but decided to take the path to the right. The path to the left actually leads up to another peak, we weren’t sure if that was the real peak since it was definitely higher up. We had no idea if Sirao Peak holds any title, whether it’s the highest peak of urban Cebu or not but we kept joking that it wasn’t even the highest peak of Sirao itself, haha. Where we ended up was the peak people camp at. It was evident by the scorched grass and a caretaker asking for Php 10 for maintenance. You can also see the other-and-higher peak from where we were standing.
Breathtaking, quite literally! I was out of breath but I was awed and it was gorgeous.
I’d like to think that my first trek was a success despite my fashion choice (not that I knew, before you bash me). My outfit didn’t really restrict me, although my Chucks had the tendency to slip in some of the muddy parts of the trail.
30 seconds in our first descent, we realized we didn’t take a photo as a group so we went back, lelz. The descent isn’t as challenging as going up, as you would expect. But you ought to be careful with the high step downs, a trek pole or something similar would be helpful.
The bottom right of the photo above is where we started our trek, earlier.
I am not sure where the difficult way would start but we saw some trekkers from the other side. This short cut is manageable to include if you’re also visiting other spots along the Cebu Transcentral Highway.
The Sirao flower farm, where we started before our trek to Sirao peak, is approximately 30 minutes away from J.Y. Square, Lahug via habal-habal (motorbike). You may also use a private car and drive up the Transcentral Highway. Our trip consisted of the Sirao garden, peak and Temple of Leah and it costed us, Php 250 each. The ride to Sirao isn’t as scary as going to Tops. Rarely had those 45 degrees slopes and the cool breeze was quite nice.