Thursday, November 17, 2011

salacsac pine forest

haven't seen so many pine cones in an area as much as the ones i've seen in Salacsac. it reminded me of the hills of Sagada less the tourists. a great spot for trekking and photo shoot.

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after an uphill 40-minute jeepney ride from Imugan to Salacsac, a trek downhill lead to the pine forest. road is unpaved and on many parts steep thus the jeepney that lead us there did not dare drive its way down.
this windy side of Nueva Vizcaya also surprised me with a great viewpoint of the wide plain area of Central Luzon. on the right side, the huge Mt. Ugo, which dominated a wide landscape. 
 
by the looks of the hills, one of my idea when i return to this spot, would be a trek downhill until i reach the Central Luzon plain. that means trekking down 1,300meters down.
 
trekking between shaded paths of pine trees has always been picturesque but not until i saw a portion of the hill with burned trees and bushes. the cause was not confirmed but i hope that this wasn't because of kaingin system. this pine forest is too bad to be destroyed.
 
Profile:
Forest: Salacsac Pine Forest
Barangay: Sta Rosa
Land Altitude: 1,300MASL 
Municipality: Sta Fe
Province: Nueva Vizcaya
Region: Cagayan Valley Region (Region II)
Island: Luzon 
Location: 
Distance from Manila: 222km
GPS Location: 
16' 10'' 20 N
120' 55'' 10 E

How to get there:
[1] Manila to Sta Fe (5-6hours):
There are several option to reach the town of Sta Fe, the jump off point to Imugan. Basically any of the bus going to region 2 will pass by Sta Fe. Options: Bus to Tuguegarao City, Santiago City or Banaue. Bus lines: Victory Bus Lines, Florida Bus Lines.
Note: Sta Fe is the first town of Region 2 coming from Manila. It is the town right after descending from Dalton Pass.
[2] From Sta Fe to Imugan (30-40minutes):
Option 1: Take the public jeepney morning that leaves 11:30am. Cost P18/head
Option 2: Take a tricycle to Imugan which is available whole day. Cost: P135/trike one way

[3] To get to Salacsac (Sta Rosa), you can check out option of renting a tricycle to this spot from Imugan. But if you can coordinate with a jeepney owner, this is a better option.

31 comments:

killrfillr said...

ang ganda! sana lang may free time kme ma-explore to pagpunta namin sa Tuguegarao.

Missy said...

nice landscape views at I didn't know may pine forest pala sa 'tin hehehe...may CR ba dun? o sa tabi-tabi na lang? hehehe parang masyadong liblib kasi e

Borneo Falcon said...

For a while I thought these photos are taken in some foreign country. Simply beautiful

Luna Miranda said...

breathtaking! now i know where to find pinecones (aside from Baguio) when i need them.:p
i suspect this is a result of kaingin--i hope they won't burn down the whole forest. your last photo is beautiful.

Photo Cache said...

pag may pine tree feeling ko maginaw. was it cold up there?

you do find the most unexpectedly beautiful nooks in the islands.

Traveling Hawk said...

Beautiful pine forest! I like that place.

Eds said...

beautiful! i love to see places like this. so refreshing.

gillboard said...

dunno why, but this looks like somewhere in canada.

Chyng said...

every place is special indeed. congrats for conquering 4 mountain trips this nov! ano ba yan, di man lang ako nakasama.. nextime =)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Never thought of pine trees in Nueva Vizcaya. Another great find for hikers Dom!

Dee Quixotic said...

1300 masl? You did day hike or overnight camping?

lakwatsera de primera said...

I saw my first rolling hills of pine forest during my trip to Mt. Pulag. It's one of my favorite landscapes that never fails to de stress me :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! hanep tlga mag-discover ng mga bagong lugar kau nila Ferdz. idol! :)pede ba tong i-solo? hmm!
miss traveling w/ you and Chyng,sorry naman, lage busy. btw,planning to hit Kalinga for my birthday trip to get a inked,tinatantya ko pa kung kaya ko saktan ng lubusan ang sarili ko. haha baka kase matetano ako,lol basahin ko nlng uli mga tips mu sa Kalinga at magpapalit ako ng pangalan para d ako makilala ng guide na yun. haha or kaya baka mas easier and cheaper magdiscover diving sa Malapascua to see the sharks or Batangas nlng. Yung book pala ha, umaasa pa din ako, haha gift mu nlng saken sa bday ko. hihi

pusang kalye said...

lab klo yung 5th photo--the terrain!!!!!tas dotted with pine trees.feels like another country na naman.galing!!!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Whatta view! It does have a Sagada feel, but then again, these two places shouldn't be compared for each place is unique :)

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...

i wish i heard of this pine forest when my friends and i went to nueva vizcaya. it's very picturesque :)

docgelo said...

i can almost smell the scent of fresh pine trees from your photos, dom. i like the first few; so crisp! :)

may pine trees na pala sa nueva vizcaya, kala ko baguio lang, hehe! oo nga naman, malamig na siguro sa lugar na iyon kaya may pine forest na. nice trek!

ardee sean said...

ganda naman magtrek jan.. i like the 2nd pic about the pine trees, parang somewhere abroad lang.. :P

Reena said...

wow ang ganda! ang daming pine cones! sana pala nag-uwi ka ng madaming cones. pwede next time mag-uwi ka? kahit isang sako lang. may paggagamitan ako nun eh. hehehe...

OLAN said...

I'll forever be a HUGE HUGE FAN of your DONG... Long time no hear. :)

bengbeng said...

so this is what a pine forest looks like. i agree with borneotip

asiong32 said...

namiss ko ang umakyat ng bundok. hayyyy..

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Anonymous said...

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We see this frequently in the black community. Without the controls experienced by slavery and the KKK the people get out of control due to their morbid disfavor, and the result is dead 3 year-old children in drive-by shootings and 10 year-old prostitutes. The same has occurred with the males in Western societies, for they have similar abject disfavor which, left unchecked, develops into socially destructive behavior.

Many tactics were used to achieve the decline we realized as we slipped away from sexual decency, but the effective result was deterioration down to the level of OUR blacks, the Italians, ironically. Free to blame them, minimizing culpability incurred, the gods are punishing the people, and we need to abate the desstructive behavior which has dragged us individually and collectively towards the edge of the abyss.
The decayed state of society is a result of the female's failures to maintain control over the men, and the resulting inevitable Apocalypse will be their fault.

bing said...

pine trees are always beautiful to look at.

very nice.

Pietro said...

So beautiful, a really enjoyable sequence of views.

Anonymous said...

The Beast is a place and the social decay which emerges. The Anti-Christ is the bullshit.
The Anti-Christ is the positioning, whether enforcing the historical perception of the Holocaust, refusing to acknolowdge the existance/capability of Artificial Intelligence or the clone host fakes who infest society's upper eschelons, those whom the gods use to enforce the BigLie which compells people to incurr evil through temptation.
The gods are composer, conductor and the clone hosts are their symphony, the tools they use to manage Planet Earth and the disfavored who reside.
Everyone "going along" is part of the problem. Ironically, this may be where you "earn" your place in the Apocalypse and your "consolation prize".
This is the REAL battle of good and evil. Take it or leave it.

Sex is a temptation that the gods used throughout history among the grossly disfavored but more inclusively in this day and age. Relegated to the most disfavored in milenia past (Italian hedonism, etc) now their patriarchal positioning was used in the modern era to spread this mindset throughout the Western world. Instead of experiencing decency as we did by marriage at 15, the men's disfavor has run roughshot, and their sexual impulses as well as their corruption/preditory nature have defined the enviornment for everyone, including the females. To belong the females must sink to their level, ensuring a declining level of favor for everyone and a stagnant population, unable to progress forward.
We see this frequently in the black community. Without the controls experienced by slavery and the KKK the people get out of control due to their morbid disfavor, and the result is dead 3 year-old children in drive-by shootings and 10 year-old prostitutes. The same has occurred with the males in Western societies, for they have similar abject disfavor which, left unchecked, develops into socially destructive behavior.

Many tactics were used to achieve the decline we realized as we slipped away from sexual decency, but the effective result was deterioration down to the level of OUR blacks, the Italians, ironically. The gods are punishing the people, and we need to abate the destructive behavior which has dragged us individually and collectively towards the edge of the abyss.
The decayed state of society is a result of the female's failures to maintain control over the men, and the resulting inevitable Apocalypse will be their fault.

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

ang ganda naman dyan.. mukhag fresh na fresh.. siguro malamig din noh kasi andaming pine trees..

Raft3r said...

wow
new look
ang ganda

at astig din yun feature mo sa nueva vizcaya
di ko akalain na mga ganyan sa kanila

galing!

happy sunday, dong!

Helma said...

Hi Dong,

I came through from your site visit and I must say I'm impressed by your photos. This series I also wonderful to see. I come here often stop by.

Greetings from Helma (from Holland)

Ed said...

astig ng photos dom. natutuwa ako basta nakakita ng pine trees. antataas pa nila.

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