MT. PICO DE LORO (Day Hike) Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas Jump-off point: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite Date climbed: May 24, 2015
Mt. Pico de Loro is a popular destination for mountaineers, both by experts and newbies because of its lush green forest and challenging rock climbs to the top of it’s monolith a.k.a. ‘Parrot’s Beak’. It is part of the small mountain range known as Mt. Palay-Palay, aptly located in Ternate, Cavite and the boundaries of Nasugbu, Batangas. It is considered the highest mountain of the province of Cavite with an elevation of 664 meters above sea level (MASL), and a diffculty level of 3/9 which makes it an easy climb (since you may reach the camp site in 3-4 hours depending on your pace). Once you reach the top, you’ll have a 360-degree view of Manila Bay, Corregidor, far mountains of Nasugbu, the Limbones Cove and the rest of the West Philippine Sea.
Mt. Batulao is truly an appealing destination, referred to by some mountaineers as the ‘Mini Pulag’ because of its broad grassland and the spectacular view of the peaks while ascending and descending. The landscapes are quite remarkable and the scenery at the peak is breathtaking!
Rain or shine, Mt. Gulugod-Baboy offers breathtaking views, especially from its peak. It is located in Anilao, Mabini in the province of Batangas. The mountain got its name from the contours of the peaks which resembles a pig’s back.
It has a range of minor peaks (525 meters above sea level) with difficulty level of 2/9. Anilao is more famous for its dive spots but the nearby hills are also a popular hiking destination that’s easy enough to be tackled by newbie climbers.
The term “Mother Mountain” for mountaineers mean the first mountain that you’ve ever climbed and for me that is Mt. Balagbag in Rizal way back March 4, 2014. This is also my very first trail run (since most of the time we were running except for the ascends and rocky parts of the trail). My friends dragged me here so I could prepare for my then upcoming 21km (13.1 miles) race on that same week.