Hey chums, just sharing our impromptu hike at Mt. Pico de Loro. Well, it was not my first time to conquer this mountain, but because of my friends’s immense wanderlust, I still joined in.
We agreed (agreement was made a night before) to climb up the mountain early in the morning to witness the sunrise and experience fogs and sea of clouds at its peak. We woke up at 1AM (technically, I didn’t weak up because I didn’t even sleep) to reach our destination on time.
Mt. Pico de Loro
Location: Ternate Cavite and Batangas
Difficulty Level: 4/10
Height: 664 MASL
Features: forest, rock formation and stream of water
Hike Duration: 1 day
Who would have thought that we were the first group to arrive at DENR? Well, it’s another thing to be proud of. Registration wasn’t opened yet that time, but the man bothered another man to assist us for registration. Of course we paid Php. 20.00 for the registration, and soon after, we started the trek at about 4AM.
The trail was so dark and obscure, hence we utilized our mobile phones as source of light since there were no torch available for rent. Good thing that I could still remember the trail going up. Well, Mt. Pico’s trail is actually blatant unlike the other mountains that we have surmounted. So, it hasn’t been that hard for us, however, it was sort of creepy because we felt like there was someone walking with us along the trail, and weird sounds were also present all over the place. We were somehow vulnerable to any danger as well.
Due to darkness and the thought of conserving our phones’ batteries, we also weren’t able to take photos during the trek.
We reached the summit at about 5:15AM. It was so amazing because the sun was about to shine and the whole place was filled with fog. ‘Twas my first time to experience this at Mt. Pico. We were somewhat proud because it was our first time to experience getting to the summit ahead of others.
Witnessing the dramatic sunrise is really matchless. It was another demonstration of God’s wonder.
We took some instagramic (my own word) shots before trekking up to the monolith. The wind was very strong and the weather was so cold. Due to which, I chilled.
We started culminating the monolith at about 6:30AM, and reach the top at about 6:50AM.
The view from the top of the monolith was awesome because of the foggy atmosphere. Getting ready at 1AM for a view like this is all worth it. The nature surprised us and went beyond our expectation. The immense fog seemed to consume us wholly; zero visibility!
The temperature at the top was very cold, and I had to wear sweater to keep me warm. I really liked it because it was lot different compare to the first time I went there; the weather was terribly hot and scorching. Since I wasn’t able to sleep, I literally took a nap on a flat-sufaced stone at the top of the monolith, which took an hour or less.
We started descending at about 8:20AM. We were very hungry that time, so we stopped at the campsite to take our alfresco breakfast.
Soon after taking our breakfast, we started to trek going down to save up some time. We finally reached DENR at about 12NN, and opted to have our lunch there.
While we were eating, we asked the man there how to get to Marine Base Beach since it’s just one tricycle ride away. According to him, the fare going there is Php. 300 per travel and Php. 120 going back. My buddy and I coincided to visit the place since we still had ample time. We took a nap after we had our lunch to regain strength.
When we were about to ride a tricycle, we found out that the man provided us wrong information. The fare going back is Php. 300 in lieu of Php. 120 From that point, me and my buddy became uncertain about this side trip (we were running out of money. Lol). However, after brainstorming, trying to figure out what would await us there, we decided to proceed and fulfill our wanderlust.
We left for Marine Base Beach at about 2PM, and along the way, we were surprised to see wild monkeys scattered everywhere. It only goes to show that the place is still conserved for the habitat of the wilds. Good job people!
The travel heading to Marine Base Beach took only 20 minutes. People at DENR said that it’s a white sand beach, but well, it wasn’t. It was off-white or something. I don’t know how could I describe it. Anyhow, the beach was nice; unpopulated, tranquil and inviting. Entrance fee is Php. 100 per person. Marine Base Beach is not just an ordinary beach, but also a training ground and headquarters of marine soldiers. Worry not, you are protected here! If you happen to visit this beach and thinking about Boracay or Puerto Gallera, just look at the foreigners around the area. Yes, there were group of outlanders there.
We just waited the sun to set down a bit before immersing into the water, so we would not be burnt. Though, it wasn’t that impressive compare to known beaches, we still did enjoy the cool water under the setting sun. ‘Twas my first beach experience for this year, though.
After our limited time of swimming, we tidied up and went back home. We rode another tricycle to bring us back to the bus terminal. We arrived home at about 10PM already due to heavy traffic.
This hike was awesome because it proved something about our prowess. Treking in the dark with no guide and only two of us is dauntlessness. Congrats to both of us. We made it!
“Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
● 84.00 bus from Coastal Mall to Ternate Cavite
● 250.00/travel tricycle from Ternate to DENR
● 20.00 DENR registration
● 300.00/travel tricycle from DENR to Marine Base Beach
● 100.00 Marine Base Beach entrance fee
● 350.00/travel tricycle from Marine Beach to bus terminal (We only paid 300.00 because the driver gave us discount)
Fares and fees are based on the time of writing.