The view is pretty up there. 🙂
I have reached the peak of Mt.Pamitinan last April. I joined a group of hikers and nature lovers in my new workplace. They are the young ones who are active in everything. So like any other newbie in the company, I join them not because I was forced but because I want to try a new experience with new people.
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA: 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
The trail to Mt. Pamitinan is not easy though it is more established than the others I have experienced. Climbing boulders and rocks is a challenge especially to beginners. Admittedly, though I am not new to hiking, I was physically challenged a bit. The mountain is covered with limestone formations which makes it difficult to saddle going uphill. You need to be extra careful of falling to the ridges. Wearing gloves is recommended for a better grip on rocks with toothed edges.
Along trail are several viewpoints. Mt. Hapunang Banoy and a distant Mt. Arayat to the north and Sierra Madre mountains from northeast to south. Wawa River and Mt. Binacayan could be seen to the west.
MT. PAMITINAN DAYHIKE
0430 Take van from Cubao to Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
0530 ETA Brgy. Wawa
0600 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register at barangay hall / tourism office
0630 Start trek up Mt. Pamitinan
0730 Arrival at Hapunang Banoy junction
0900 ETA summit / Picture taking
1030 Start descent
1230 Back at Brgy. Wawa / Lunch / Explore the area
1400 Tidy up then take outbound trike
1630 Back in Manila
What to bring: Gloves, water, extra clothes, trail food and of course camera.
Total Expenses: P357.00
P50.00 DENR Office
P67.00 Guide Fee (800/12)