If you love mountains but so anxious to do tremendous hiking, worry no more because I’ve found the perfect day hike destination so ideal for first time mountain hikers. The place is called MOUNT PUTING BATO in Samal Island – one of the featured stops of OLANOLOGY'S Samal Island Ultimate Adventure participated by 20 equally thrill-seeking Bloggers and outdoor enthusiasts organized by yours truly in response to the "Visit Samal Island" summer campaign of the Island Garden City of Samal and the DOT-Region XI Office.
Mt. Puting Bato is the highest point in the Island Garden City of Samal Island. Being easily reached, it has become one of the favorite climbing expeditions of many adventure seekers in Davao Region and because of such, Mt. Puting Bato becomes one of the Island’s popular destination. Like those ultimate getaways in Cancun Holidays, this spot in Samal is a must visit.
Mt. Putting Bato is located in Sitio Tayapoc, Brgy. Guilon, Samal District, it stands a towering height of about 1,345 feet (410m) above sea level. For a fun filled dayhike, Mt. Putting Bato is the right destination to be. Easily reached, Mount Puting Bato is a perfect destination for a great day hike. Its peak can be reached following two different trails. One is the Guilon Trail and the other one is Tayapoc Trail. The Guilon Trail entails approximately 2 hours hike from the jump off point passing through narrow trails and bushy woods. On the other hand, Tayapok Trail from the jump off site to the peak only requires a very minimal 30 minutes hike passing through an open trail and grassy upland.
At the peak of Mt. Putting Bato, the view of the beautiful Davao Gulf, the majestic Mt. Apo, the mountains of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley complete the 360 degrees panoramic view.
For complete details of Mount Putting Bato, you may read Olanology’s THE TRAVEL TELLER blog post entitled MOUNTPUTING BATO: Samal Island’s Highest Point.