MT. PICO DE LORO (Day Hike)
Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite
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 difficulty 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.
Be sure to pack light and pack smart!!
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WE TOOK THE NEW TRAIL:
The new trail is forest-covered and at the end part of the trail is an open grass field. It will the start of a continuous ascent that lasts up to more than two hours of trekking to reach the summit depends on your pacing. There were times were I had to catch my breath because of the incline during the ascend and there were also times were I had to look up at the sky, call the on the Divine, because the trail was so intense, especially the climb going to the summit. Take good shoes for this one though as some parts are steep and with just dirt and rocks, it can be slippery.
You may want to spend few time at the base camp to take pictures as good view is already visible. Going summit, we have to be careful as we may easily slide down due to small stones. From the peak of Mt Pico, we could see the seaside along Ternate, the roads to Nasugbu, the mountains nearby and of course the famous Monolith.
If you decide to climb the Monolith, it will be another challenge for you because you will go up this using a rope. I didn’t because the queue was already long and we wanted to try the traverse trail going to Nasugbu, Batangas.
HOW TO GET THERE:
You can reach the park from Coastal Mall Terminal via bus bound to Ternate, Cavite. Just tell the Driver you are going to Mt. Pico de Loro. The bus fare costs 80 Php. From the bus stop, you can take the tricycle (225 for 3 persons) to the DENR Office where you are required to register and pay some fees. Here, You can also deposit some bags if you want to make your hike easier. Just do not leave your valuables because there is really no one assigned to look after your things. You can just rely on the honesty of the hikers.
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