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.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)
Distance from Manila: 222km
16' 10'' 20 N
120' 55'' 10 E
How to get there: 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.
 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
 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.