My first hike was a day hike at Mt. Pico De Loro and we decided to do traverse hike from Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas. We paid P25 as registration fee at DENR then walked our way to the old trail.
I heard that there’s a new trail which is easier and more advisable for beginners but I personally haven’t experienced climbing via new trail so I don’t know how I will compare it with the old trail.
Honestly, I had a hard time because of the following:
- There was a typhoon the day before our hike so the trail was wet, muddy and very slippery!
- We do not have any tour guide upon climbing but we met local guides on the campsite that guided us to the summit, Monolith and going down to Nasugbu.
- My shoes were not meant for hiking. Lol!
Just like what I have said, it rained the day before our hike so the view at the camp was… wait, there’s no view! It’s so foggy!
From campsite, the locals we have met guided us to Mt. Pico De Loro’s summit where we did some photo-ops.
For the final destination, the Monolith! I did not make it to the top of the Monolith because of my not-so-advisable shoes, I kept on slipping! So I just took some selfies instead. lol!
Here’s the two brave people that made it to the top of Monolith even though the steps are slippery!
Overall, the old trail took us a total of 5 hours and is challenging. Beginners will definitely feel the challenge and thrill while climbing the peak but something to be proud of once completed; that is why Mt. Pico De Loro is popular for new hikers. Though I suggest that don’t go when it is rainy.
Glad that I hiked Mt. Pico De Loro first before Mt. Pulag!
Have you hiked Mt. Pico De Loro? What’s your story? 🙂