Mt. Mapalad is named after a plant which look like a palm “palad”. It is a newly opened trekking spot located at Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal. It is 750+ meters above sea level ( MASL ) which is a minor hike and a good spot for beginners in hiking with a difficulty of 3/9. From the registration area the trek is around 2-3 hours depending upon your pacing to complete the 8 kilometers distance going to the summit.
The mountain’s landscapes will amaze you for hours of trekking and will give you boost to reach the summit. The trail begins with plain roads with some river crossings and you will also pass the Kinabuan falls which will be in your options if you want to stop over and take a quick dip during your descend. After almost an hour of walking, the path slowly switch to steeply on the ascent up the mountain. We passed wooded areas and beautiful rock formations too. After almost three hours, we finally reached the view deck area.
Finish your adventure by dipping in the refreshing waters of Kinabuan Falls after your hike. The water flowing in this falls will depend on the weather during your hike. In our experience we did not really enjoyed the falls because of the sunny weather for the past few days, but we did enjoy swimming in the flowing cold river.
If you are a beginner on hiking then I suggest to try Mt. Mapalad in Rizal which so newbie friendly hike. More mountains are being explored around Rizal which is not far from the metro and you have no excuse not to try this one. Do not worry you will never run out of energy just by overlooking the serene province bounded by the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you to my newly met friends who made this Birthday Climb possible and a very unforgettable one. Thank you very much Kristan, Mark, Fritz, Jordan, Kwiin and Suzhi. See you next climb guys.
How to get there:
From Aurora Blvd. Cubao ride a Jeepney / FX going to Antipolo, Cogeo ( Php 35-40 )
From Cogeo Gate 2 or Cogeo Public Market you have to ride a Jeep going to Barangay Sampaloc drop off at Brgy. San Andres ( Php 40 )
From Brgy San Andres you have to ride a tricycle going to Jump-off Area / Registration Area ( Php 120 /4 pax )
** Personal Tips = If you are traveling with 7-8 persons you may rent a whole FX for Php 1500just like what we did. This is from Cubao going directly to the drop-off point which is more convenient if you do not want any hassle transferring to another rides and this is the fastest way going there specially if you are going to chase the golden hour.
Going Back to Manila:
From Drop-off point you can ride a tricycle going Barangay Sampaloc ( Php 300 / trike good for 4 pax )
From Brgy. Sampaloc Terminal ride a jeep going to Cogeo ( Php 35 )
From Cogeo going back to Cubao you can ride a FX / Jeep ( Php 25 )
Things to Bring: ( Mga Hugot para di boring ang pag akyat )
- 2 to 3 Liters of Water
- Extra Shirts
- Packed Break fast/Lunch
- Trail foods (jelly ace, chocolate, nuts, etc.)
- Flash light/Head lamp ( if you will start the hike early in the morning )
- First aid kit ( para sa mga pusong sugatan. )
- Sun and rain protection (sunblock, raincoat, poncho, arm sleeve ) (Yung kaya kang protektahan bes. )
- Powerbank ( just in case ma lowbat ka at baka di kana updated sa mga ganap ni Ex. Don’t worry may signal naman dun.)
- Camera (para may patunay ka na nka move-on kana sa kanya, post mo agad sa FB bes with hugot captions)
- Slippers / Sandals ( yan ang susuotin mo pag pagod ka na sa kanya )
- Garbage bag ( para sa mga feelings na nawala na )
- Toiletries ( to wash all the pains na pinadama nya sayo)
- Spirit sa pag akyat!! ( yan ang pinka importante para mapa mukha mo sa kanya na ikaw ay strong and independent person. )
** Personal Tips = There are nearby small store around the trail where you can have a break and take some snack or even have your meal. They even have balloons!!!! Can you believe it?
Do not also forget to bring your toiletries you will need it after enjoying the falls and small rivers. Wash areas are available at their registration area ( Php 20 )
0400 – ETD Cubao to Cogeo
0440 – ETA Cogeo Gate 2
0520 – ETD Antipolo Terminal Going to Batangas Junction
0620 – ETA Drop-off at Batangas Junction, take tricycle going to Brgy San Andres
0635 – ETA Brgy. San Andres/ Registration
0640 – Start Trek
0900 – Mt. Mapalad Summit/ Photo ops.
1030 – Lunch
1050 – Start Descend
1330 – Back in Registration Area/ Wash up/ Log out
1445 – Head back to Batangas Junction point
1500 – Arrival at Batangas Junction
1520 – Arrival at Terminal going to Cogeo
1600 – Arrival at Cogeo transfer going back to Cubao
1700 – Arrival at Cubao
** Personal Tips = If you want to catch the sunrise you have to leave earlier than the sample itinerary. if you are planning on climbing this mountain on weekends, expect tons of people climbing. It is not very accommodating on especially Sundays and you have to bring with you a lot of patience if you do not want some photo bombers on you IG photos.
Who to Contact:
Danny Reyes 09059218851
Ruby Reyes 09664097742
They have a 1:5 Ratio ( 1 Guide for 5 persons )
Guide fee: Php 500 for day hike / Php 1250 for overnight
Registration fee: Php 100 / person
Let’s stay connected:
Some photos are credits to Kristan, Marc, and Fritz. Follow them on IG
@kristanminion04 @reynaldbaat @iamfritzxxviii