Two Summits in One Mountain,Mt. Pico De Loro

Two Summits in One Mountain,Mt. Pico De Loro

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Located in Ternate Cavite, Mt. Pico De Loro is one of the nearest mountains from Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a famous minor climb because it gives the thrill of rock climbing, without being overly strenuous. Hikers can choose to do a day hike or stay overnight at the campsite.

There are two summits for Mt. Pico De Loro: the first summit which is just near the campsite, and the 2nd summit which is referred as the “parrot’s peak”

Even if Mt. Pico De Loro is a minor climb, the hike to the summit can take the whole morning. And since there are no water sources in the area, it is best to bring at least 2L of trek water per day. It a good thing though that there are plenty of trees that can shade you from the sun’s heat. Also, if you are a beginner, it is advisable for you to get a guide as the trail can be a bit confusing especially because a new trail was opened, while the older one was closed.

Upon reaching the campsite, you can rest for a while or pitch your tent before heading to the first peak. From this point, there will be no more trees to shade you from the sun.

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1st peak

There is a rock formation connecting the first peak to the 2nd peak. This way, you will not have to climb the parrot’s peak from the base. It is best to climb the peak during sunrise and sunset to witness the sky change color from blue to orange to pitch black! Just don’t forget to bring headlights to help you in your hike back to the campsite.

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From the peak, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of neighboring provinces like Batangas and Cavite – assuming that the fog surrounding the mountain doesn’t become too thick. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned mountaineer, Mt. Pico De Loro is surely an enjoyable traverse!

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By the way, always follow the mountaineers’ rule: take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Oh, and greet your fellow mountaineers as well!

Getting to Mt.Palay Palay from Metro Manila

From the Baclaran terminal, take a bus headed to Ternate Cavite. Tell the operator to drop you off at the jump off point for Mt. Pico de Loro, then take a tricycle to DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) office to pay the registration fee.
See you around!

/// Written by Arlet Villanueva, The Philippines