Kennon Road is one of the three major access roads that lead up to Baguio City from Manila and the provinces in the central and western parts of Luzon. It connects the city with the town of Rosario, La Union. The other two are Marcos Highway from Agoo, La Union and Naguilian Road from Bauang, La Union. A fourth less-traveled route is Halsema Highway which links Baguio City with Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Kalinga-Apayao. Another infrequently-traveled road from the province of Nueva Vizcaya connects with Baguio and passes on top of Ambuklao dam.

During the earthquake in 1990, Kennon Road was severely damaged and has continuously been undergoing repairs. It usually takes an experienced commuter an average of 45 minutes by car to negotiate the steep and winding climb up to Baguio. There is a need to be extra cautious when driving through Kennon Road since you will encounter sharp hairpin turns and blind curves. The road is very slippery when it rains and usually there are landslides which could block the roadway. There are no guardrails on some portion of the road and most of these guardrails are not strong enough to stop a wayward vehicle from falling into a deep ravine just beside it. On certain months of the year the late afternoon fog causes poor and limited visibility along the roadway.

kennon200¬†Inspite of numerous accidents along Kennon Road, many visitors and tourists still pass through it to see the breathtaking scenery that unfolds at each bend of the road. There are beautiful and scenic sites along Kennon Road such as the Bridal Veil Falls, Bued River gorge, Twin Peaks, Colorado Falls, a pedestrian suspension bridge, the sculptured limestone lion’s head, and the spectacular view from the observation deck at the upper end of Kennon Road. There are also some small stores along the road where you can buy an assortment of native handicraft, vegetables, brooms, and locally made delicacies. Read More