The province of Rizal is becoming one of my favorites. It seem to have an endless offering when in comes to outdoorsy activities like hiking. From small to tall, easy to difficult peaceful to challenging circuits, Rizal seem to offer them all.
The main feature of this hike is the Nagpatong Rock Formation, this particular hike starts with an easy trail but later becomes quite technical as it would ask you to scale rock formations through a trail that was still very raw at the time of our hike.
We rented a jeep from Star Mall Shaw to the jump off point at brgy. Cuyambay. If you are taking public transportation, you can take a jeep to the Tanay Market, then another to Sampaloc then rent a tricycle to the barangay hall. Alternatively, just rent a tricycle from the market to the barangay, this should cost about 500 pesos per trip.
Upon arriving at the barangay hall we were welcomed by the staff of the barangay (what can I do, I was with a mountaineering rock stars 😉 ) They gave us two well trained staff that would guide us to the awesome rock formation.
The trek started with a real easy hike but was quite taxing because of the sweltering heat that day. The plains started to slope up but still an easy breezy even for beginners after about thirty minutes we started traversing a good uphill slope through a dry forestry part of the trail. It was quite welcoming even though it means that we need to make an extra effort due to the uphill climb because of the cool air that the trees are giving us. Time to get high on pure oxygen baby, LOL. Like seriously, you don’t get to breath air this pure in Manila, so better take advantage.
Well that’s the easy part, then came the technical phase. Come to think of it, the next part of the hike was easy, you just need a bit of courage to tackle the rock formations over. The rocks becomes quite sharp as you progress but nothing that a good glove could manage.
It was really lots of fun going through the trail to the Nagpatong rock formation as you’ll find a lot of crevices that are fun to take photos at, and yes we took our time. Hahaha… well this is what we came here for, the photos!
It was really awesome to scale this monolith and the best part of it is more of surviving the trek going to the rocks!
I don’t have much to say about this trip but it is simply a must try for some one who is looking for some quick escape and adventure near the metro.