Dubbed as one of the best beginner-friendly mountains in the country, it has been a surprise to many – myself included – that I have not yet hiked this mountain. Thus, as soon as I had the opportunity to climb it, I did not hesitate to do so.
Mt. Pico de Loro, commonly known by the locals as Mt. Palay-Palay, is a mountain located in Ternate, Cavite. It rises about 664 MASL, and is labeled as a minor hike with a difficulty level of 3/9. As of the moment, its jump-off sites are located at Ternate DENR for the new trail and at Nasugbu, Batangas. A traverse can be made via Ternate to Nasugbu or vice versa. For our hike, we decided for a back trail climb in Ternate.
The hike would normally take about 2-5 hours on a slow-average pace. Its trail shifts from a closed one to an open one, so wearing a cap and arm sleeves is a must.
What I truly loved about this mountain is its rich forest trail. It contributed a lot to making the climb an easy one. Intermediate to pro climbers would find it a chill climb whereas beginners may find it only slightly challenging. However, the climb to the Parrot’s Beak and Monolith is a different story.
Made by: sarahjanecasasola, Mt. Pico de Loro, May 11, 2016