After a lot of questions, here’s a map of Mintugsok Falls and some tips in getting there.
As shown in the map (CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE), there are two routes to the waterfalls site: (1) INDAHAG TRAIL and (2) MAPAWA TRAIL.
1. INDAHAG TRAIL – Barangay Indahag can be reached by Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) from Cogon Market. Board Jeepneys with signboards that read CAGAYAN-INDAHAG, CAGAYAN-KILI-OG, or CAGAYAN-KINAWE. They are usually found along Roxas Street corner JR Borja Extension near Kevin Enterprises or along Roxas corner Hayes Street. These jeepneys take you or pass along Indahag proper. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Indahag Basketball Court crossing. From there, take an interior road going east and follow it until you reach the Fil-Estate Road. Take this road going north and stop at a junction marked START OF INDAHAG TRAIL on the map. This trail is roughly 1.5 kilometers or an hour of trekking depending on your pace. It has a steep portion as it nears the descent towards Bigaan River as marked in the map. Once at the river, you simply go southeast upstream following the river and reach Mintugsok Falls. Note that this route has tricky large rocks deposited in the riverbed which are slippery so be careful. See map below.
2. MAPAWA TRAIL – Mapawa Nature Park can be accessed from Crossing National Highway in Barangay Cugman at Malasag Junction. There are “habal-habal” motorcycles stationed at the waiting shed at the National Highway that will lead to you Mapawa. Mapawa is straddled near the boundary of Cagayan de Oro and the town of Libona in Bukidnon. Once at the park, there are two paths to reach Mintugsok Falls: (1) via river trail or (2) via Mapawa-Mintugsok Road. The first one is a shorter route roughly 1.8 kilometers and follows the tributary which leads to the falls. The latter is an all-weather road which actually leads you to the falls but is longer (4 kilometers). For an adventure, mountain biking is recommended.
As an adventurer, of course you need to have the proper gear and preparations – food, drinks and of course, CAMERA. Mintugsok actually has a lower and upper falls…well, it’s not a secret anymore.