Adventure and fun never stop in Dipolog. Anywhere you go: from the city proper to the remote barangays, the Orchid City has so much to offer.
The 3003 Step Linabo Peak is one of the favorite ecotourism destinations in Dipolog. Situated at Sitio Dinginan, Barangay Lugdungan, the Linabo Peak was constructed in the early ‘90s by the city government and quickly became one of its top tourist spots.
Standing 486 meters above sea level, the Linabo Peak is Dipolog’s highest elevation. The attraction is very popular, especially during the Holy Week. Hundreds of faithful devotees would participate in the Katkat Sakripisyo, a religious re-enactment of the suffering of Jesus Christ on His way to the Cross. The concrete steps lead the way to the peak, passing through 14 Stations of the Cross. Once on top, you get to see the breathtaking view of Dipolog, Dapitan and nearby towns.
Outdoor enthusiasts would find great adventure along the hidden wonders of Linabo. The hike to the top of the 3003 Steps takes an hour or two. However, the concrete steps only cover the Stations of the Cross and not all the way to the peak of Mt. Linabo. You will have to climb further if you want to reach the top of Mt. Linabo. You will pass through boulders but the scenery and the panoramic view of the city is worth the sweat.
If you are planning for a long hike towards the peak, get there early. The earlier, the better. And the more, the merrier. The climb is not for everyone especially those with cardiovascular problems. But for those who dare, the challenge and exciting experience make the trek memorable and worthwhile.
Photos courtesy of City Tourism Office and Mr. Ruel Tabada