Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mt. Batolusong (Rizal, 760+ MASL) and Kay-Ibon Falls

At a waypoint past the Duhatan Ridge of Mt Batolusong (Aug 2016)

One of the best-known and popular dayhike destinations in Tanay is Mt. Batolusong. Located in the general area of Eastern Tanay in the province of Rizal, the jump-off of other newly opened hiking destinations like the Maynoba and Maysawa Circuits are just a stone's throw away from Brgy San Andres, the jump-off of Mt. Batolusong. Famous for its perennial sea of clouds, masses of hikers flock into Mt. Batolusong early in the morning to be able to get a glimpse of its amazing views of the phenomenon. Being at the southern tail-end of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Mt. Batolusong offers fantastic views of low-hanging clouds smothering the many nameless peaks of the Sierra Madre.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Maysawa Circuit (Rizal): Mt. Sapari (592+ MASL) and Mt. Binutasan (577+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Sapari (taken on Aug 2016)

Another newly-opened hiking destination in Tanay, Rizal, the Maysawa Circuit features two mountains - Mt. Sapari (named after an old priest who is said to have lived in solitude in the mountain) and Mt. Binutasan (said to have been due to the fact the illegal loggers were the first to create a trail on this mountain as a transit point for their illegally obtained logs). Being at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range at an altitude of more than 500 MASL, these mountains offer great vantage points over the peaks and valleys of the surrounding areas.