Kawa Falls to Pamutan Grassland | A challenging trail within the city

Another weekend, another trail to hike.

Last Sunday, I conquered the infamous Kawa Falls-Pamutan Grassland Trail. This hike is recommended for experienced to intermediate hikers, with a length of almost 8 km and an elevation gain of 800 m. The trail consists of very steep pathways; the uphill climb is steep, and the downward slopes are muddy and slippery.

Join me on a mini tour as I take you into the wilderness, and let's see if this trail will make you excited to prepare your trekking shoes, sunblock, and insect repellants.

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Before we start on the day hike, I want to share with you a little story about the group I'm with. This group is called the DHT, short for Day Hike Therapist. It's a non-profit organization that organizes day hikes for a cause. Joiners give a minimum donation of ₱250.00 ($4.35) to be able to participate in the hike. 95% of the proceeds will go to the selected charity recipient, while 5% goes to the team fund, which will be used for equipment and maintenance like the ropes, trekking poles, radios, and all others.

If you remember my previous blog, Day Hike for a Cause: Conquering the Peaks of Gen. Climaco, Toledo, they were also the same team behind that project. The beneficiaries of the last dayhike in Toledo were the 250 pupils of the elementary school in a secluded island barangay in Cebu.

For this new project, the beneficiary is still to be determined. This is the third organized hike since the Island School Project, all of which were held last Saturday and Sunday.

The Start of the Trail

Kawa Falls is located in Brgy. Toong, Cebu City. It's one of the mountain ranges in the area. The usual meet-up place for this trail starts at Jollibee, Punta Princesa, where the habal-habal (motorcycle) riders line up going to Toong.

Just tell the driver to drop you at the trailhead going to Kawa Falls. The ride will take more or less 15 minutes and the the fare is ₱50.00 ($0.87)

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We arrived at the drop-off site at 8 a.m., and we started off with a group prayer, a mini orientation, and safety announcements.

And off we go,

Into the wilderness

The first part of the trail consists of a combination of open and shaded areas. Our first stop was at a volleyball court in one of the sitios.

This is the last area with houses before we go deep into the woods. We took a quick break, and others refilled water in one of the sari-sari stores in the place.

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The path we took was through the river. We were lucky the weather was in our favor that day, as it has been raining the past few days here in Cebu.

The Kawa Falls

Kawa means cauldron in the local dialect. The beautiful falls got it's name because of the plunge pool resembling a cauldron found in the second level of the falls.


The plunge pool in Kawa Falls

We arrived at the falls around 9:30 a.m. We rested for a while and took some pictures. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rains these past few days, the water in the falls was not that clear, and we weren't able to take a quick dip.

The uphill climb

Right after the falls marks the start of the steep uphill climb of this trail. We went deeper into the woods.

Balay nila Nanay (Mother's House)

This is our third rest stop. Ila Nanay, as the hikers would call this place, is a house situated in the middle of the woods with a friendly old lady and her husband living there.

Nanay has a lot of fruit trees planted in her yard: cacaos, citrus, and mangoes. She let us pick some fruits while we rested in the area.

It was my first time to try and eat raw cacao fruit, and it did not disappoint me. The fruit was so sweet.

After we rest, we head back to the trail and off to our next stop, where we will be having lunch.

We arrived at our next stop around 11:00 a.m. It was a small sittio, and the locals were friendly; they even offered that we use some chairs from their house. We rested for an hour after eating, as there were also motorcross riders in the area using the same trail. We had to wait for them to finish for safety reasons.

The Final Stop

We hiked for another hour and a half to reach our final destination. Pamutan Grassland.

The view from the top is very satisfying. It was worth all the steep uphill climb, and the refreshing cool air will greet you at the top.

We spend around 30 minutes in the peak to rest and take the time to get some pictures before we head to the exit point.

It took us another hour to get to Bagsakan, Pamutan—the end of the road.

We finished at 3 p.m.; the whole trek took about 7 hours. Our guides told us that our group was the first batch they were able to guide without anyone having cramps or having too much difficulty on this trail. Well aside from a few slides here and there because of the slippery trail, based on their previous experience, they had hikers who vomited, had nausea, and even shortness of breath—that's how challenging the trail was.

There was no other perfect way to end the trek than with an ice-cold soft drink to quench your thirst.

We took another habal-habal ride back to Punta Princesa as we parted ways, the ride took about 20mins and the fare is ₱100.00 ($1.74).


Let the photos do the story telling


First level of Kawa Falls

There were a lot of Mango trees along the trail

The view of the beautiful CCLEX, The longest bridge in the Philippines connecting Cebu City to Cordova

We passed by 5 towers along the trail

This part of the trail is often time used by motorcross drivers


The Survivors


That's it, I hope you enjoy this virtual tour as much as I enjoyed my weekend adventure.

This is my first time posting in the community, and I look forward to sharing more of my weekend experiences with all of you.

If you are from Cebu City and would like to join us, you may visit the official page of Day Hike Therapist to be updated on any upcoming treks. I hope to bump into you on the trail anytime soon!
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Huh... 8km and 800m elevation isn't a joke, but seeing these amazing photos, I would say that it was worth doing it! Great landscape from the top, and even better paths along the falls!
Thanks for sharing!


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The trail indeed was beautiful, really worth the few slides and bumps along the way. This area is where most trail runners train. It's accessibility to the city center is also a plus point.

Thanks for dropping by. Appreciate it.

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Hala, ka sadya ninyo lantawon mkasuya.... Nice kaayo ky mkahapit hapit mo ug mga guava and cocoa fruit. I love it!

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Lagi, lingaw kaayu. 🙂 Lami sad ang cacao kay tam-is jud. Maynta sunod trek mango napud ang naay bunga hehe.

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I can't remember when was the last time I go for a hike. I think last year? I dont know hehehe. I don't know I can still hike steep mountains after giving birth through CS at
and i gain weight too.

I love hiking and whats best to your group is you're having some community service and that's good.

May your group will continue to enjoy the beauty of nature while helping others.

Thanks for sharing this to us @yzamazing.

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I bet you can still do it 💪 Maybe next time when the kids gets a little bit bigger they can also join you. 🙂

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Wish I can have time to do hiking ang trekking..Its been a year since my last climb.

What a nice view of CCLEX.

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Rooting for you. Hope you can revisit your love for hiking. 🤍 It's really a good breather to be just out there is nature especially when we get too busy and exhausted from work.

Yes, CCLEX is 😍😍

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It seems that it takes high stamina to reach this place, I think you have forgotten that because such a beautiful nature is in sight, a beautiful and challenging day

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That's true, as they say the most beautiful views comes from the hardest climbs. Thanks for stopping by.

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That's right, thank you too and have a nice day always

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Whooa. Yeheeey! Thank you for noticing the blog, appreciate it. 🙂

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Where else could one have the greatest form of fun if it's not the time spent in nature. The Kawa fall is an amazing place to visit little early little you had a memorable day.
The survivors must have lots of positive stories to write about this hike . I enjoyed the lake, the coco plantation if I'm not wrong and when it's time to relax and rest , a bottle of Pepsi was there to smile to you.
Great article.

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Thank you for dropping by and I'm glad you liked the blog. Aside from the fantastic view of the falls and the grassland, I think the ice cold pepsi was also my favorite part. Well deserved drink after a tiring hike. Have a great day!

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Sure a chill drink tells a good story after a stressful day.

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Dami nyo napuntahan sis..gustong gusto ko na talaga mag hike..kasama lang wala huhu

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Oo super nice ng place. Worth it ang cramps kinabukasan 😅 Kung pwede lang ako mgteleport jan samahan kita sis hehe.

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What beautiful places! I love walking in places like this. I've never tasted pure cocoa fruit either and I'm curious about its flavour.
Do you organize the trekking routes on your own, or do you have a guide? It's a very interesting route, you seem to be enjoying the adventure very much.

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Thanks. It was also my first time seeing the plant in person. There is a non profit group of hikers that organize the trekking routes, they were also the guides. It was a hike for a cause, the money collected as donation will go to charitable event. It was nice to be able to enjoy the things you love and at the same time help others in need.

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The best thing was the pepsi promotion hahaha, incredible the layout of your post, it looks like you had a great time, excellent route!

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Haha the ice cold pepsi sure was one of the highlight of the hike 😅 Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

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Ohhhhmmmgggg @yzamazing 😭🥺 I wish I could come with you next time. I was so jealous while reading. (Naa namoy gc? Eadd ko bi! 😂)

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Halu, wala mi gc man. Pero ifollow lang ang Dayhike Therapist sa FB mgpost rana sila pirme if naay bago na event 🙂 ako gi include sa blog ang link sa ilang page.

Lezzgo para kita ta sa trail puhon. 🙂

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