Mintugsok Falls – A Hidden Golden Treasure

Flowing out of spectacular rock formations, Mintugsok Falls is a three-layered falls, that lies hidden behind hills and lush vegetation just a few kilometers south of downtown Cagayan de Oro. Reachable by short hikes from either Barangay Indahag or Gusa, Mintugsok Falls offers refreshing view of emerald and breath-taking 60-foot drop of fresh forest water.

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If you’re not much of a good swimmer or diver, take a relaxing dip at the occasional rivulets that traverse peacefully downstream.

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For extra rush of adrenaline, take a plunge into that cold, emerald waters and savor the refreshing plunge of adventure!

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And for the rest of the hike, enjoy the unadulterated view of Mother Nature – yes, still within the city!

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How to get there: For commuters, take a multi-cab bound for Barangay Indahag at Cogon Market, near Kevin Enterprises, and drop at the barangay’s basketball court, for a fare of P11.00. From here, take a hike that would last for about an hour and a half into the falls. For first time trekkers to Mintugsok Falls, I suggest you go with trekking groups. Difficulty of trek is rated 3 out of 6. What to bring: trail food and water, and packed lunch. If you are a photographer, be sure to enclose your equipment in a zip-lock or  any protective compartment like wet-bag in-case of trip or fall on water along the way, sun-block perhaps and extra clothes if you want to get wet and wild on the falls. What to wear: slippers are a big no-no. Durable sandals with straps will do, but closed trekking shoes or any pumps, preferably high-cut will do best to protect your feet from inevitable (sometimes) injury; leggings, if you don’t want your legs get irritated by grass cuts as the trail could sometimes be covered by vegetation; comfortable shirt of tank tops; hats or any head gear and shades (optional).

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I would like to thank Renato Pepito for inviting me into this trek for a cause last March 9. And to exceptional members of ROTA (to name a few, Billy, Jo Caps, Marco and Kofi Tum). Looking forward to joining your next treks.

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