With the elevation of about 800 feet, about two hours of trek for us beginners, and now featured a snack bar, Sanchez Peak was one of the closest we could get for a very budget trek in GenSan. I went to Sanchez Peak two years ago and a lot has definitely changed since then.

It was already commercialized. We started on the same trail we did before, the Balsinang trail; and there was a 10-peso entrance fee for the trail, and 20-peso parking fee for the motorcycle. At the now fenced peak, staff would collect another 20-peso entrance fee. As earlier mentioned, there was also a snack bar in the peak, the Sanchez Ridge. Also, there were nearby cottages by the sari-sari store. They also added room accommodations and tent rentals.

But one of the most notable activities as we trekked upwards was that motorbikes were on parade downhill. As it turned out, it had been a very popular adventure for bikers to climb their motorbikes through Balakayo trail and drive down Balsinang trail. It was one of the things trekkers need to be alert of while trekking.

And as always, trekking downhill was easier and took us just an hour. It was better to camp on the peak overnight as we did before because you can see GenSan city lights; but for that day we were just into lunch at the peak.

After our descent, we were not yet ready to wrap the day so we went to Olaer Swimming Resort. A good 20-minute ride to the resort relaxed our bodies a bit and the cold spring did the rest of the tricks.

Author: Mark Atong

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