Monday, October 9, 2017

Mt. Marami and Oriit Falls (Cavite, 405+ MASL)

Atop the Silyang Bato at the summit of Mt. Marami (October 2017)

Located within the Maragondon Range in the same locale as Mt. Pico de Loro, Mt. Marami is another favorite destination for hikers and mountaineers in the province of Cavite. True to its name, Mt. Marami's sheer rock cliff face is composed of many towering rocky pillars pushing out of the earth skyward, giving it such a majestic appearance even from a distance. A true test of stamina and willpower, the trails towards the summit of Mt. Marami takes about 4-6 hours of hike, with several river crossings through forested and open areas vulnerable to the elements. Weather plays a great role in hiking to the summit - the rainy season provides relief from the scorching sun but can slow hikers down due to the extremely muddy trail while the summer season dries out these muddy patches yet exposes hikers to extreme heat.

Pinoy Mountaineer lists the following specs for Mt. Marami: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3; Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours; Major Jump-off: Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite, Features: Rocky outcrops, scenic views of Cavite and Batangas, waterfall; LLA: 14°12′16″N 120°41′11″E, 405 MASL

Mt. Marami's sheer cliff face as seen from Campsite 1

Arriving at around 7:30 AM at the jump-off, I registered at the Barangay Hall. Together with my guide, we left Brgy. Ramirez around 7:45 AM. As noted from other blogs, the initial part of the trail towards the summit of Mt. Marami is quite easy and beginner-friendly. The trail is characterized by a combination of short ascents and descents and paths in flat grounds. The trail passes through several plantations and open spaces and a few areas covered mostly in second-growth forests. Around 20 minutes from the jump-off is the first of the river crossings through the Kayrayag River.

Registration site

Trailhead at Bungahan Street

Crossing the Kayrayag River

After the river crossing at Kayrayag River, the trail remains fairly consistent - a few ascents and descents through a very muddy trail, with several portions of the trail passing through grasslands and woodlands. As it had rained the previous day, the trail was extremely muddy, full of watery potholes. At around an hour and 15 minutes into the trail we reached the chapel of the Nuestra Señora de la Paz. About 15-20 minutes away from the chapel is a local resident's hut where we rested for a while. They are offering fresh young coconuts here for just Php. 20.00 each. After a few minutes rest, we pushed on.

Open and exposed trail

Chapel of the Nuestra Señora de la Paz

Muddy Trail

A few minutes from the stopover is where the Bangkaan River intersects the trail. We had to cross this river three times. From here the trail starts to get steeper. The trail then passes through a forested section where the assault starts. This trail leads to the campsites at a flat ground near the summit. After around 20 to 30 minutes of continuous ascent through a steep slope the forested section gives way to a grassland with great views of the sheer cliff face of Mt. Marami. Campsites 1 and 2 are just a few minutes away. The trail also gets milder and the ascents are easier from this point on. We reached the summit of Mt. Marami at around 11:15 AM, around 3 hours and 30 minutes after the start of the hike.

Bangkaan River

View of Mt. Marami after emerging from the forest trail

View of Mt. Marami from Campsite 1

View of Mt. Marami from Campsite 2

The summit offers a fantastic 360-degrees view of the surroundings. The mountains of Cavite and Batangas surrounds you in all directions with the peak of Mt. Pico de Loro prominent. The peaks of Mts. Talamitan, Apayang, Batulao and the more distant Mariveles Range can be seen from the summit. The highlight of the summit is, of course, the Silyang Bato rock formation. To reach the Silyang Bato, a few minutes of rock scrambling is required as well as a short hop to the other side through a short gap in the rocks. We took some time to snap a few photos before eating our packed lunch.

At the summit of Mt. Marami with Mts. Pico de Loro and Dos Picos in the background

Rock Scrambling to Silyang Bato

Mind the gap in the rocks!

At the Silyang Bato of Mt. Marami

Enjoying the view from Silyang Bato

Above the pillars of Mt. Marami

We started the descent at around noon time, back trailing through the same trail. The next item on my itinerary is Oriit Falls, located off the trail just before the river crossing at Bangkaan River. We reached fork in the trail towards the falls after less than an hour from the summit and started the hike towards the falls. After around 30 minutes we reached Oriit Falls. Around 10 meters in height, the catch basin is deep and the cascade is refreshingly cool and soothing, perfect for relaxing tired muscles after such an exhausting hike. Interestingly, the cascade and the catch basin is surrounded by a rocky outcrop forming a small cave partially covering the catch basin, with a narrow outlet towards the end.

At Oriit Falls

Refreshing dip in the catch basin

Relaxing in the waters of Oriit Falls

At the cascades of Oriit Falls

We spent almost an hour resting and cooling off in the falls before starting the hike back to Brgy. Ramirez, stopping along the way to sample the fresh young coconut offered in one of our earlier stopovers. After about 2 hours of walking the winding and labyrinthine trails of Mt. Marami, meeting other hikers on their way to summit for an overnight camping, and tramping through the same muddy pits along the way, we finally reached Brgy. Ramirez at around 4:35 PM, completing the dayhike.

Mt. Marami from a distance

Mt. Marami with its maze-like, circuitous and winding trails, easy and challenging ascents and magnificent views, is a perfect training ground for major hikes and for overnight camping. Doing it as a dayhike is quite an exhausting feat but is extremely rewarding at the same time.


Useful Information:

Trail Map: 
Trail map of the Nuestra Senora Trail (ctto: http://www.s1expeditions.com)

Actual Itinerary:
4:55 AM - Departure from Baclaran to Naic, Cavite
6:35 AM - Arrival at Naic Cavite, quick breakfast
6:55 AM - Departure for Brgy. Ramirez
7:30 AM - Arrival at Brgy. Ramirez, prepare, register at Brgy. Hall
7:45 AM - Start hike
8:05 AM - Crossing Kayrayag River
8:58 AM - Arrival at the Nuestra Señora de la Paz chapel
9:15 - 9:20 AM - Stopover at local resident's hut to rest
9:30 AM - Crossing Bangkaan River
10:41 AM - Campsite 1
10:56 AM - Campsite 2
11:15 AM - Summit, rest, lunch, pictures
11:55 AM - Start descent
12:50 PM - Fork in the trail towards Oriit Falls
1:18 PM - Arrival at Oriit Falls, rest, cool off
2:05 PM - Departure from falls
2:45 PM - Stopover local resident's hut, buko juice break
2:55 PM - Resume hike
4:35 PM - Back Brgy. Ramirez
5:45 PM - Ride back to Maragondon
6:40 PM - Ride back to Manila
8:30 PM - Back in Manila

Mandatory Fees: (as of October 2017, subject to change without notice)
Registration Fee - Php. 20.00
Guide Fee - Php. 500.00 (dayhike, up to 5 persons); Php. 1,000 for overnight
For guide services you may contact Marlon Mendoza at 09752129500.

How to get there: (fares as of October 2017, subject to change without notice)
From Baclaran, ride a bus bound for Naic (Php. 66.00) and get off at Mcdonald's Naic. Ride a tricycle to Naic Grand Terminal (Php. 10.00) and ride a jeep bound to Magallanes (Php. 35.00) From Magallanes, ride a tricycle to Brgy Ramirez (Php. 30 pesos/person). Register at the barangay hall. Note: Jeepneys are available from as early as 6:00 AM at Naic but be aware that they will not go until the jeep is full. Tricycles are available to bring you directly to Brgy. Ramirez for a hefty fare of Php. 500.00. Last trip of jeepneys going back to Naic leaves at 4:00 PM.

17 comments:

  1. Hello po. From your vantage point po imposible po na nasa likod po ng mt. palay palay ang mt. talamitam apayang :) If I am not mistaken, Dos picos po yan. :)

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    1. Hi sir! Sorry di po ako familiar sa Mt. Dos Picos :P. Based lang po sa directions ng guide ko yan hehehe. Noted po. Thanks for the input Sir Jordan!

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    2. Hi Sir Jordan,

      I think hindi po sya Dos picos.
      medyo malayo po ang Talamitam apayang sa Mt. marami
      halos magkalapit lang po ang mt. pico de loro base camp 1 sa Dos picos..hindi ako magaling sa mapping system.
      pero sigurado po ako na hindi yan yung Dos picos.
      inputs lang po.
      Salamat Kap

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  2. Hi Sir, ask lang from Brgy. Ramirez back to Naic, anu pwede sakyan? Thank you.

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    1. Sasakay po kayo ng tricycle from Brgy. Ramirez to Magallanes, then from Magallanes may pila na po ng jeep papuntang Naic. Kung nagahol po kayo sa oras yun mga tricycle po sa Brgy. Ramirez pwede mag special trip hanggang Naic, Php. 500.00 po singil nila. Thanks for the comment!

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    2. Hi from brgy, ramirez may masasakyan na po kayo papuntang naic.

      Sakay kayo ng tricyle from brgy. ramirez pahatid kayo sa terminal ng jeep to naic.

      Note : kung pa manila kayo pwede na kayong sumakay from Brgy.ramirez (jeep) to Maragondon..may mga BUS po na byahe to MANILA (Baclaran)

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  3. Hi Sir. Pwede po bang walang guide?

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    1. Hi Ma'am Joyce! Ang alam ko pwede naman walang guide kung kabisado nyo na yung daan, basta mag register lang sa barangay kasi required ang registration. Pero kung first time nyo, I suggest na kumuha kayo ng guide kasi notorious ang trail ng Mt. Marami sa mga hikers na naliligaw. Thanks for the comment and enjoy hiking!

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  4. Hi sir tanong ko LNG po kung may age limit po pag punta sa mt marami I was 18 years old sir ung mga classmates ko is mga 17 yes old po

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    1. Hi! Ang pagkakaalam ko wala namang age limit ang Mt. Marami, minor climb lang po yan. Medyo challenging lang yan ngayon kasi tag-ulan na pero kayang kaya! Enjoy hiking and see you on the trails!

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  5. sir magkano nag babyaran sa maguide samin?

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    1. dba sir pag lima kami babayaran namin ung guideng 500 eh pano po kung 4 lng po kami ganun din po ba

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    2. Hi! 500 po ang minimum na bayad sa guide. Nung umakyat ako eh nag-iisa lang ako pero 500 pa rin and bayad. Thanks for the comment and enjoy hiking!

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  6. yung tricycle fare na 500php is from magallanes - ramirez na po ba yun? plan ko rin pong pumunta alone. anong araw po kau pumunta, monday ok kaya?

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    1. Hi! Yung php.500 na fare po ay for a special trip sa trike from Brgy. Ramirez pabalik ng Naic. Yun Magallanes to Ramirez na trike ay 30 pesos po ang pamasahe. Kung gusto nyo po masolo ang summit at falls, mas maganda po weekday kayo pumunta. Have a safe trip and enjoy hiking!

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  7. Hello!
    Parang ang layo po ng camps sa summit. Hindi po ba kaya mag camp malapit sa summet? As in within a few steps away lang?

    Thanks, sir!

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    1. Hi! Pinakamalapit na po yung campsite 2, kasi wala nang malawak na flat area na mas malapit saka masukal na po yung area malapit sa summit. Paalam po kayo sa guide kung pwede kayo mag clear ng area for camping pero recommended na po sa campsite na lang, anyway less then 30 mins away na lang po campsite 2 sa summit. Thanks for the comment and enjoy hiking!

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