Friday, July 21, 2017

Bayokbok Falls In Tuel, Tublay, Benguet

Bayokbok Falls is a waterfall located near the village of Tuel in Tublay, Benguet. If you are familiar with the Asin Hotspring in aforementioned village, Bayokbok Falls is just a few minutes away from it. Just cross the hanging bridge to the other side of the river then ask the locals for the direction of the trail that leads to the falls.

Or you can simply follow the river to the north until you reach the falls. However, before you decide to make your way through the river instead of following the trail, make sure that everyone in your group can swim. There are deep pockets and pools in the river that can be dangerous to non-swimmers. The rocks can also be very slippery (especially the moss-covered ones). If it's raining or it's about to rain, never follow the river because the current can suddenly swell to very strong levels.

How To Get To Bayokbok Falls In Tuel, Tublay
There are no jeeps that go directly to Tuel from either Baguio City or La Trinidad. At least that's what I know and what other people told me. However, there are these passenger cars commonly referred to as "garage" that ply the La Trinidad-Alapang-Alno-Tuel route. I'm not sure where they are parked or how their fare systems work. It's best that you get in touch with someone from Tublay to tell you exactly where and how you can hire a "garage" car to bring you to Tuel.

How Far Is Bayokbok Falls
When I went to the falls, I jogged and ran all the way from the Alapang Road - Halsema Highway intersection in Cruz, La Trinidad. It took me less than two hours to reach Tuel. I think the distance is about 12 to 18 kilometers. That said, by my estimate, I think you can reach Tuel in under an hour if you have a ride. The road is paved and in good condition. The road is all downhill from Cruz to Alapang, to Alno, then to Tuel.

If you are not a regular jogger or runner, I wouldn't recommend running your way to the falls. The run to the place is fine and I think most people can manage it. But the ascent from Tuel back to Cruz can be very difficult. I run regularly so I'm in a pretty decent condition but I found the ascent arduous and often difficult.

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Other places worth visiting in Tublay, Benguet are Paterno and Bengaongao Caves.