The Osocan Spanish Trail in Atok

Osocan Spanish Trail Atok Benguet History Hiking Layout Map Road Ancient Halsema Highway Tunnels Location Kilometer Distance Mountain Hill Size Length Width Climb Barangay Province Age Horses Meters The Osocan Spanish Trail is located in Atok in Benguet Province. The Osocan Spanish Trail was constructed during the Spanish period and still remains hikable today. Running parallel to the Halsema Halway, the Spanish Trail is significant because of its three man-made tunnels measuring about 10 meters each along the trail. The Osocan Spanish Trail is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok. Continue reading

The Highest Point View in Atok

Highest Point View Cattubo Atok Benguet Philippine Highway System Road Location Kilometer Halsema Elevation 7400 Feet Meters Pali Viewing Deck Panoramic Vegetable Gardens Tublay Bokod Kabayan Pulag The Highest Point View is located in Cattubo, Atok in Benguet Province. The site is the highest point in the country on the Philippine highway system. With a large green sign that says “Highest Point”, this site stands at an elevation of 7,400 ft above sea level. It is called the Philippine Pali because of its resemblance with Pali, Hawaii. From the view deck, the invigorating climate enhances the visual splendor of the vegetable gardens and the mountain ranges of Atok, Tublay, Bokod and Kabayan, including the lofty and majestic Mt. Pulag. The Highest Point Deck is located at Kilometer 53 along the Halsema Highway, which is a two hour drive from La Trinidad, the capital town of the province. Continue reading

The Natumpukan Half Tunnel in Atok

Natumpukan Half Tunnel Atok Benguet Location Highway Road History Construction Mountain Width Height Clearance Vehicle Route Map Distance Kilometerstreet Engineering Trinidad Baguio City Closure Info The Natumpukan Half Tunnel is located in Atok in Benguet Province. It was built in the early 1950’s after the road eroded due to soil erosion. Having no other alternative route, about 50 meters of the the highway had to be reconstructed and carved from the face of the rock mountain. It has remained to this time an engineering feat of the people maintaining it. It is popularly known as “Half Tunnel”  Natumpukan Half Tunnel is located 42 kilometers from La Trinidad, and 46 kilometers (29 miles) from Baguio City. Continue reading

The Bosleng Lourdes Grotto in Atok

Bosleng Lourdes Grotto Atok Benguet Location Catholic Church Statue Monument Idol Size Description Pilgrimmage Mountain Retreat Rest Meditation History Meaning Image Park Construction Religion Info The Bosleng Lourdes Grotto is located in Atok in Benguet Province. This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok. Local residents believed that the grotto played an important role in one of the international pilgrimage conducted by the Catholic Church. The cold climate and serene atmosphere of the place makes it ideal for prayer retreats and meditations. The place can be reached through foot path and there are no amenities available in the area. Continue reading

Haights Place in Benguet

Haights Place Mossy Forest Atok Benguet Location Mountain Elevation Frost Weather View Vegetable Farms Naguey Rice Terraces History American Soldier Seedlings Region Garden Distance Hiking Trail Info Haights Place is located 7,937 feet above sea level in Atok, Benguet Province. Also known as Mossy Forest, the place experiences frost during the month of December until February due to its elevation in the Benguet mountains. Haights Place offers a spectacular view of the peculiar vegetable farms including the famous Naguey rice terraces. The place was named after Mr. Haight, an American soldier who brought the first vegetable seedlings to the region. Continue reading

The Naguey Rice Terraces in Benguet

Naguey Rice Terraces Atok Benguet Amburayan River Province Landscape Size Farm Stone Wall Kintuman Season Harvest Location History Tribe Barangay Distance Halsema Highway Baguio Native Plantation The Naguey Rice Terraces are located in Barangay Naguey along the Amburayan River in Atok, Benguet Province. Encompassing over 33 hectares of landcape, it was built by the community’s ancestors with a stone wall protection. This place is very remarkable because this is where the native rice “Kintuman” are propagated. The Amburayan River spans about 30 kilometers from Pasdong to Naguey. The Naguey Rice Terraces are located three hours drive from Baguio City through the Halsema Highway. Continue reading

Guerilla Saddle in Benguet

Guerilla Saddle Caliking Atok Benguet Location History World War Usaffe American Army Troops Battle Japanese Soldiers Rest Stop Halsema Highway Baguio City Elevation Kilometer Distance Mountain Info The Guerilla Saddle is located in Caliking, Atok in the province of Benguet. Guerilla Saddle was the location of where the guerillas of the WW II fought alongside the United States Army Forces Far East (USAFFE) against the retreating Japanese soldiers. It is an existing natural attraction in Atok and serves as a resting stop for travelers passing through the Halsema Highway. Guerilla Saddle is located one hour away from Baguio City. Continue reading