EMBRACING MYSTERIES: TRAVERSING THE ANCIENT PATH OF THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL
Discover the allure of the Old Spanish Trail, an ancient path that weaves through breathtaking landscapes and immerses you in the rich history of Benguet and Pangasinan. This trail race promises an unforgettable experience, attracting adventurers from all walks of life.
As you embark on this extraordinary journey, you’ll follow in the footsteps of those who came before you. The Old Spanish Trail, veiled in mystery and intrigue, beckons you to explore its hidden treasures. While originally created for the Spaniards, today it offers a thrilling escapade for trail runners like yourself.
Feel the thrill of the race as you begin your ascent from Kayapa Central School. The road leads you to the enchanting trailhead, where the allure of Indupit awaits. Meandering through dirt roads and intermittent paths, you’ll encounter a mesmerizing river crossing, marking the start of your adventure.
Venture deeper into the heart of the trail, guided by a single-track path. Along the way, you’ll encounter Bundao, a small settlement that whispers tales of the past. With each step, the allure of Mount Ugo’s summit becomes more prominent, offering breathtaking views that stretch beyond imagination.
After conquering Mount Ugo’s majestic peak, embrace the exhilarating descent through rocky trails and rustic dirt roads. The trail leads you to Domolpos, where an oasis of spring water and trail food awaits, rejuvenating your spirit for the journey ahead.
Prepare to be captivated by the picturesque Old Spanish Trail, a 10-kilometer stretch of mostly downhill terrain. As you immerse yourself in the captivating surroundings, your senses will be awakened by the sights and sounds of nature’s symphony. Kayapa Proper West Market, nestled at the trail’s end, offers a moment of respite and nourishment, reenergizing you for the final leg of your adventure.
From here, the trail winds through rice paddies and reveals a hanging bridge that leads you to Amelong Labeng. This sleepy village, adorned with a barangay hall, school, and worship place, invites you tantalizingly to rest.
Continuing your odyssey, you’ll head downhill to Besong and then a short but difficult climb up to Castillo Village, embraced by a grand welcome sign and a World War II Memorial. Here, take a moment to reflect on the endurance and determination that brought you this far.
As you traverse the final kilometers, the trail unveils the beauty of Buaca Lake, a sight that will ignite your spirit. Descending to the enchanting “saddle” area of Balangabang, you’ll be filled with a sense of wonder and awe.
The trail carries you forward, guiding you along a scenic concrete road. With each passing kilometer, you draw closer to the finish line at Kayapa Central School. Every step brings a sense of accomplishment, as you become part of the storied history of the Old Spanish Trail.
Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where the past and present intertwine, and the spirit of trail running comes alive. Lace up your shoes, embrace the challenge, and let the Old Spanish Trail take you on a journey you’ll never forget.