Location: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
Duration: 1 day / 2-4 hours hike to summit
Challenge level: Low (Level 3/9)
Activities: Hiking, river, falls (minor)
Attractions: scenic summit views, Wawa river and dam
When to visit: Dry months
ABOUT MT. PAMITINAN
Part of the Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the Philippines, Mt. Pamitinan is situated in Brgy Wawa, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. Taking only one hour of travel time from Cubao, it is a very good option for a weekend getaway.
You can buy food and water from the nearby stores. They also sell meals such as pancit and rice. To start the hike, you will cross a semi hanging bridge across Wawa River and pass by some local houses. Don’t forget to give way to locals and offer a smile or cheerful greetings. The early trail is tropical and well covered, with the abundance of the banana plant.
After about 45 minutes, one will reach a resting area right under a limestone formations. Locals have set up makeshift stores where you can buy water and other beverages as well as snacks and fruits. Going further, you will start to see the neighboring peaks such as Hapunang Banoi and the flatlands of Rizal from the trail viewpoints. Another resting area further in the trail is the fork where the trail to Pamitinan separates from the trail to Hapunang Banoi. From this point on, you will need to put on your gloves as the trail features scrambling over sharp limestones.
After a little more than an hour, you will be able to reach the first of Mt. Pamitinan’s viewpoint. This is a rock jutting off the side of the mountain, directly overlooking the Wawa river and barangay below (see first photo above). Just be careful is scaling the rock and bring sun cover as you will be very exposed to the heat.
Mt. Pamitinan’s summit is just a few minutes away from the first viewpoint. The final hurdle requires you to do some wall climbing type of rock scrambling (see photo to the left). It requires some dexterity but with proper caution and assistance from an able guide, you will soon be able to stand atop Mt. Pamitinan’s summit.
The descent will take around two hours if you make good time. After lunch at one of the eateries at the jump off point, you can explore Wawa Dam and the communities around it. Our guide Kuya Ogie took us to a small falls which is a part of a river system that feeds Wawa. It will take you around 15-20 minutes of walking on even ground and is the same way if you are going to nearby Mt. Ayaas. There is an abundance of fruits being sold along the way such as avocado and bananas. Being locally produced, they are very fresh and inexpensive and you can buy to your heart’s desire.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT IT
If you’re looking for a no frills, quick day hike, then the “newly rediscovered” mountains of Wawa, Rizal, among then Mt. Pamitinan, should definitely be high on your list. Lying just an hour away from Manila, the cluster of mountains is set in a landscape of rocky limestone formations and offers sweeping views of the Sierra Madre range. Their relative proximity to each other, as well as with Wawa river and dam creates a lot of option for hiking, camping, swimming, or just to have a quick dose of nature tripping.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take van at Cubao (beside Jollibee on the northbound lane of Edsa) with signboard Eastwood Montalban. At the endpoint of the van’s route, there are tricycles waiting. Ask to be brought to Brgy. Wawa.
|4:30 AM||Departure Cubao to Eastwood Montalban via van|
|6:00 AM||Arrive at Rodriguez, Rizal. Take tricycle to Brgy. Wawa|
|6:15 AM||Arrive at Brgy. Wawa Tourism Center, register and meet your guide|
|6:30 AM||Start of hike|
|9:30 AM||Arrive at the first viewpoint (photo above)|
|10:00 AM||Arrive at summit, take photos|
|10:45 PM||Start descent|
|1:00 PM||Back at Tourism Center, lunch and tidy up.|
|2:00 PM||Take tricycle back to Rodriguez, and from there, take van for Cubao|
|7:00 PM||Arrive at Cubao|
|Van fare to and from Rizal||P50/trip|
|Tricycle to and from Brgy. Wawa||P20/person, 3 person/trip|
|Guide Fee||P500/day for 5 persons|
MT. PAMITINAN PHOTOS
At the summit of Mt. Pamitinan. Behind to the left are Mt. Hapunang Banoi and to the right is Mt. Ayaas.
- Gear up! Make sure you come prepared. Visit our Outdoor Gear section to know what you need to bring.
- Safety first! For outdoor safety tips and reminders, visit our article on Outdoor Safety.
- Always remember to Leave No Trace (LNT). For more responsible outdoor practices, visit our Leave No Trace (LNT) article.
Nver measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was” (Dag Hammarskjold)
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