Ilihan Peak and Gold Rush Hills: Two Mountain Peaks in Sibutad Zamboanga Del Norte That You Can Hike In A Day
As a tropical country, Philippines offers breathtaking views that differ from mountain to mountain and the province of Zamboanga del Norte has beautiful summit sights like, sea of clouds, rolling hills and panoramic sea views.
Today, we are vulnerable to emotional stress anxiety because of this pandemic and people has been doing a lot of fun things to take care of our mental health. May it be gardening, which I believe almost everyone is becoming a plant parent, venturing to online business, and discovering tourist destinations in our own provinces.
Mountain peaks, hidden beach resorts, falls and rivers, and pristine coves are some of the paradise that locals are fond to explore. And if you’re like me who just recently love the art of hiking, I’m sharing my first mountain hiking trip experience.
And it isn’t as normal as how beginners started. Well, I just conquered two beautiful mountain peaks in Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte in a day as part of my DIY itinerary on my recent mountain to sea tour.
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These hiking destinations are I guess a great entry points for first-time hikers like me. Going on my first minor (minor?? I had muscle pain LOL) hike has totally immersed myself in nature as I explore them at a leisurely pace.
How Did I Prepare
Funny how I never prepared at all. The night before the scheduled hike was only a thought of what to wear, but the plan on what to pack hasn’t crossed my mind. I know for a fact that being hydrated is one of the most important, so I just thought of what water bottle to bring. LOL!
Just like working out, hiking engages in a physical activity. We generally need to consume more food and water than we usually would. But then there’s me who haven’t eaten anything before the hike and guess what, no I also didn’t bring any food with me.
I apologize if I sound too irresponsible and ignorant of not knowing how to plan and prepare for a hike. But I’m taking these lessons with me on my next mountain hiking adventure.
Lady of Assumption, Ilihan Peak
Minor, Difficulty 2/9, Trail Class 1
Distance: 1.3 Kilometers
Hours to Summit: 40 minutes
Imagine walking through a forest hearing the river streams and birds chirping, this is how I slowly fell inlove with hiking because you get to hear the nature speak to me as if I’m part of it. Although I know I feel a bit intimidated because it’s my first hiking trip and I know it’s too early to love this hobby as I haven’t yet to experience difficult trails. But this is a good start for beginners like me, right?
The view deck is a huge rock formation on top and the sight is a breathtaking sea of clouds that sheathe parts of the Sibutad’s forest. You’d get to see the beautiful sun as it slowly rising behind the mountains.
? Gold Rush Hills (Ligas Paka)
Minor, Difficulty 4/9, Trail Class 2
Hours to Summit: 1 Hour