It was unlike any other waterfall I’ve seen. Gushing from a solid rock wall, the Bridal Veils Falls in the town of Tuba, cascades down from a great height before rumbling into a dark pool surrounded by craggy boulders that looked as though it has been carved eons ago. From afar, it indeed looks like a very long white veil, resting on a towering rock face.
When they said that there’s a waterfalls in the vicinity of Baguio City, it was wrong of me not to believe them.
|THE VIEW FROM KENNON ROAD, EN ROUTE TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS|
Azalea Hotel introduced me to the Bridal Falls. It was part of our Baguio Itinerary and my first time to visit a waterfalls near the city. But near is really not quite the term for it. Located at the border of Camp 1 and 2 in Tuba, Benguet, it was a good hour of a drive along Kennon Road before we reached the hiking point to the falls.
It was the same as my last visit, this time with the folks from Le Monet Hotel in Camp John Hay. Everyone was constantly asking if we’re there yet. No, we are not there just yet.
|BRIDAL VEIL FALLS, AS SEEN FROM KENNON ROAD|
The trek to Bridal Veils Waterfalls is virtually non-existent, so fear not, non-hiking buddies of mine. The starting point is just along Kennon Road. And from the highway itself, the waterfall is a mere minute walk away; through a metal hanging bridge with a sheer drop into the shallow Bued River below, that is.
|HANGING BRIDGE TO THE FALLS|
In fact, even with the short distance from the falls, not everyone decided to go. One look at the makeshift-looking bridge that connects Kennon Road to the waterfall is enough to make an acrophobic person grab tight to the nearest individual he’s with and madly scramble back towards the road.
|THE VIEW OF THE BUED RIVER|
But it’s really not that hard to cross; the hanging bridge creaks and sways a bit, but it’s quite sturdy. Just be sure to hold tight at the handrails at its side and you’d be at the other end before you finish the shortest song you can think of. If, you don’t stop for the breathtaking vista that would unfold right before your eyes in the middle of the bridge.
So, make that two songs instead.
|BRIDAL VEIL FALLS IN TUBA, BENGUET|
The ease of accessing the three-tiered Bridal Falls doesn’t make it a lesser waterfall. In fact it’s one of the most unique I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot. After you get off the bridge, there’s a footpath that would lead you straight to the falls. You’d be at around its mid level.
|A THIRD FALLS ABOVE THE MAIN ONE|
Farther up, I can see another waterfall above the main cascade. And there’s probably another basin up there too. But reaching it seems impossible. We chose to go down instead.
|KIDS PLAYING AT THE BASIN OF BRIDAL VEIL FALLS|
We spotted some kids playing along the basin’s edge, clinging like colorful spiders along its rocky banks. It’s not that hard to go all the way down towards its deep water pool, you’d just have to go at it slowly, one sure foothold to the next. Anyways, there are makeshift landings along the way.
|IT INDEED LOOKS LIKE A BRIDAL VEIL!|
Once below, you get to appreciate the grandness of Bridal Falls much more.
And yes, you get to swim too! My friends said they weren’t prepared, and I wasn’t too. I simply stripped off to my boxers and jumped. Man, it was freezin’ cold!
Bridal Falls is best visited when you go up or down Baguio City via Kennon Road. The falls is visible along the highway; right side for those going out of Baguio, left side for those going up. Once you see the veil, do stop. I assure you, this waterfalls is worth stopping over for.
Bridal Veil Falls
Address: Kennon Road, Border of Barangay Camp 1 & Barangay Camp 2, Tuba, Benguet
Entrance Fee: None
Hike: Less than a minute
GPS Coordinates Map: 16°14'57.6"N 120°32'35.5"E