Mt. Agad-Agad: Iligan City’s Lone Mountain for Trekkers

Mt. Agad-Agad

“The beginning and the end mean so little, what matters most is what’s in the middle”The Middle by Lauren Alaina

Mt. Agad-Agad

Every journey has its unique experiences and distinct memories depend on how it started, how it ended or how it was during the process. Trekking to Mt. Agad-Agad proved to me that the end does not justify the means but rather justified along the way. Literally being described with the lyrics mentioned above, what mattered most was the trail and the experience rather than the view and scenery at the peak.

It was Friday morning when I convinced my cousins and a friend to climb the lone mountain for trekking in Iligan City – Mt. Agad-Agad. Many discouraged us because they described going to Agad-Agad would be tough and exhausting, however, that did not discourage me and even made me push furthermore for this adventure to materialize. And luckily, I had three of them being a victim of my crazy plan. Haha!

GETTING THERE

We met up at St. Michael’s Parish Church, also known as Iligan City’s Cathedral, around 6 in the morning. We then had our last buy for trail food and water just a block away from the Cathedral, finished our pack and we are ready!

We rode a jeepney to Pala-o from the Cathedral and disembarked at City Hospital. From there, we picked up motorcycle taxis to Brgy. Pugaan, where Mt. Agad-Agad’s foot is.

Mt. Agad-Agad

After few minutes, we arrived at foot of the mountain and then braced ourselves with the extreme adventure we will be into for the next hours.

COMMENCING THE TREK

Mt. Agad-Agad

We were dropped at the lowest point of the foot of Agad-Agad thus we had to hike a cemented uphill road for almost 30 minutes to Brgy. Langilanon, the jump off. It was also at the small barangay that we acquired and met a local to guide us to the peak. Everything was good then thus we had to proceed on the real trek.

Mt. Agad-Agad

The first part of the trek offers a spring stream for the locals and a small waterfall called the Langilanon Falls. It’s not big enough for you to swim but it is a great source of fresh water. We did not get some water because our bottles were still full.

DIRECT ASSAULT TO THE PEAK

Mt. Agad-Agad

From the Langilanon Falls, we had a direct uphill trek that surprised most of us. Haha! Giving us trembles in our knees and spring-like sweat all over our body. My cousin even had his light gray shirt turned to dark gray because of his sweat. The trek was harsh for first timers because this would require strong leg strength, enough will and motivation to continue.

Mt. Agad-Agad

The trail is quite established and I could say that it is semi-executive because it is clear and is not covered with thick vegetation. There are even bamboo rails for some parts, however, the 70 degrees passageway will surely make you tell that established and executive trails should never be underestimated, Mighty Mt. Agad-Agad defies that principle thus implying this is definitely not for starter trekkers. This is pretty great for mountaineers to prepare for a major climb.

Mt. Agad-Agad

Since I was the only trekker of the group, I had to help them along the journey making it more fun and remarkable especially for them, the first timers. I actually had fun, hadn’t they? Haha! How did I make it fun? I cracked several hugot and jokes to them and they actually laughed but they scolded me because the more they laugh, the more they ran out of breath. Hahaha! Pushing and motivating them was the key for starters and I’m glad they made it.

We took us an hour-long of assaults to reach the peak and the camp site.

WELCOME TO MT. AGAD-AGAD Adventure Park!

Mt. Agad-Agad

Surprisingly, there’s a park at Agad-Agad’s peak! There are huts, swings, chairs and tables, a restroom and even flower pots to beautify the place. That was my first time seeing something like that at the highest point of Iligan City. What I knew was only the Agad-Agad signage so I was not expecting it at all! Hahaha!

Mt. Agad-Agad

The park serves as a campsite too for trekkers who wished to stay overnight. It is maintained by locals namely Joseph and Levi which are hospitable and accommodating.

Mt. Agad-Agad
Mt. Agad-Agad

The peak at 470 masl offers a partial view of the entire Iligan City that huge establishments like Gaisano Mall are clear from the top. The wind breeze also gives a refreshing vibe for us who had the knee-trembling trek. What I liked most here, by the way, was that there was still network signal and data connection – snapchaaaattttt!!! Lol!

Mt. Agad-Agad

After almost an hour of relaxing, chilling and them drinking a cup of coffee, we had to recommence the trek going down to go home.

SLOPEY TREK DOWN FROM AGAD-AGAD

Who says trekking down in a 70-degree trail is easy? It is indeed never easy. You should be extra-careful, else you will roll down to the foot of Agad-Agad. It’s quite a shortcut but a bloody one, so never attemptย to do that!

Trekking down was a bit faster than hiking up because we had fewer stops and rest. Nevertheless the shorter time, our knees were shaking more and our bodies were sweating. This seems to be more difficult than climbing up and the struggle is real! It’s funny because we were like scared little monkeys that were cautious on every step we take and yet our local guide was like a ninja that just easily shifts through the downhill trail. Haha!

After 40 minutes, we reached Brgy. Langilanon and had to depart home.

Mt. Agad-Agad

In my own opinion, the adventure was more fun along the way than what he had during the peak. The trail offered a great sense of adrenaline and momentum while the peak gave us the relaxing and refreshing moment that is quite a reward for the tasty achievement.

I asked my cousins on their experience climbing Mt. Agad-Agad and this will be covered in the next post. Stay tuned!

Mt. Agad-Agad

When you plan to visit Iligan City, make sure to include this on your bucket list! ๐Ÿ˜‰

ITINERARY

07:15 AM – start trek

07:44 AM –ย Langilanon

08:50 AM –ย Mt. Agad-Agad Peak

10:05 AM – Going Down

10:48 AM –ย Back to Langilanon

EXPENSES

Jeepney from City Proper to Pala-o – P7/pax

Motorcycle taxi – P30/pax

Entrance Fee at Agad-Agad -P10/pax

Guide Fee – P200 tip

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  • Rea

    I would have wanted the shortcut part.. but unta dili lang bloody. Hahaha! I have to agree. Now that I think about it, during mini-treks and long walks, I always enjoy the journey itself and not so much the destination (although this might be different in other situations). I’d have to say though that the journey is really part of the destination too.

    Hmm quite interesting to have a park at the peak. Modern na sila! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beautiful! Gosh I really need to get in shape and get back to trekking already. I miss it already!

  • Wow, yes, this is really a tough climbed, I must say. I as well agree that moving down is somehow the most challenging than climbing up to the peak. I constantly have this difficulty when I get down from the peak whenever I climb mountains. Every mountain I have climbed there will always wound that mark my body when I get down because I constantly fall off the ground.

  • Nice mountain! We would welcome the 70-degree climb better than the 70-degree descent. Hehehe!

  • If ready nako to go trekking lagi, unya makalaag kog Iligan, basin maabot sad ko aning bukira. Hehe. As of now, exercise lang sa para duna nay kusog. Good photos!

  • Most of the time, the journey is what brings us happiness and the destination is a plus. The mountain though seems not so elevated but it’s not an easy one to climb as what you’ve shared. 70 degrees slope is not a joke especially when the trail is slippery. But i prefer a downhill trek rather than an ascent on steep terrain… ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s more fun in falling down the terrain though.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hindi naman mahilig, minsan nga lang eh parang sa mali pa… Ay sorry naman po. Hindi ko naman ginustong mahulog eh, bigla nalang nangyari. Hayaan nyo po, hindi na po ako mahuhulog kasi impossibleng may sasalo sa ibaba eh. Konti nalang rin at mag stop na po ako, malapit na sa bangin eh…hayaan ko nalang yung iba naman ang mahulog… hahahahahahaahhaha

  • I now see why you were chosen as a Finalist. Hehehe. Bitaw. Your treks are really shown in a story kind of manner. It makes me feel like I was there with you haha.

  • Wow! I would love to trek this mountain. I hope I can go to Iligan next year. Crossing my fingers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • haha My cousins would kill me if I’d bring them to one of antics haha. They are more of the serious rather than crazy kind of cousins. Guess I’m the black sheep. You have an excellent way of portraying a good story John. =)

    • Hahaha! Lucky me, at least I had 2 of them come with me haha! Thanks rady ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Good to know your cousins are up for the challenge. I dont think a 70 degrees passageway doesn’t sound easy to me. Haha!

  • Agad-agad? Hahaha. Can I ask you a question? What camera are you using because you take good quality photos.

  • That seemed quite a challenge! But it’s great your cousins ended up going because it all ended up being pretty fun and worth it in the end, or should I say the middle as you mentioned preferring the climb more? Haha

    • haha! I dragged them to trekking even when they haven’t tried yet. hahaha.

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  • It’s so true! I mean, my first climb ever was Sirao Peak and boy was I sweating like a waterfall. The good thing about starting with a difficult trail first is that you would want harder levels of trek the next time you decide to climb.

    Arthritis is real.

  • I like the terrain! It is so not fat! Hahahahaha! I think I’ll faint here if I won’t take frequent rests. I love the fact that it’s not for starter trekkers. I think I’ll just roll like a barrel on my way down. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sorry for the typo. It is supposed to be “It is so not flat!”

      • Oh you chose the fast yet bloody barrel roll haha jk Chan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat

    Wa pa jud ko ka try ug trekking ever since but I’ve always kinda wanted to! Maybe once maka-arrange najud ta ug an activity like it with the HIBsters, I’d be able to try na jud! Hahaha

  • Nice trek but I do not think I would do it right now in my current physical condition. Your posts are challenging me to be fit again so that I can join you on your summer treks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • bren mercado | www.baktincorpo

    I climbed Agad2x back in college. Looking at your photos made me miss the place.

    It’s not the easiest mountain to trek for beginners, but I hope that your friends were able to enjoy both the view at the top and the journey getting there as well.

  • keziah

    naa bay guide always dadto? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello Keziah, Thanks for your comment. There’s no official station for getting a guide in Agad-Agad but locals do offer guiding services. ๐Ÿ™‚