it took me some time to choose the mountain in the Southern Tagalog region for the second trek of Eskapo Mountain Series. a region that envelopes a great number of day hike mountain trails. not until a group posted for an open trip to Pico de Loro, Cavite's most iconic and highest peak.
located Southwest of the province of Cavite which i believe is also one of the province most isolated side. Pico de Loro is part of the proposed Palay-Palay and Mataas na Gulod National Park. covering a large area of mossy forest and a coastal side of the Manila Bay channel.
the most interesting aspect of this mountain is the trail itself which is composed of downhill and uphill treks. the first section of the trek until the first stop was mostly descending over slippery rocks and muddy trails.
two days before and even the night before the trek, rain was continuously pounding Manila and the rest of South Luzon. so i equipped myself with a raincoat and assured all clothes in the bag are inside a plastic.
so good that during our trek, it did not rain. when we reached the second stop at Alibang-bang station, we had our lunch and had enough rest to boost our energy for the long ascend. it was tough for those who had it as their first climb.
the one hour assault included significant five-minute stops and the tree roots was at most a great savior to steep portions. what was surprising was most trees there was thin yet strong and deeply rooted. when we reached the last ascend and when we started descending, our guide realized that we were taking the wrong trail.
but he was also quick in finding our way back the right path. minutes after that we reached the camp site with an awesome view of the boarder of Cavite and Batangas. the towering rocky summit was right infront of us.
we set camp while some other groups, who did a day hike, started to descend. the beautiful view of the mountains did not last long as fog suddenly overlapped it until it reached zero visibility by night time. by dawn, it was already raining hard. just in time for a good night sleep.Profile:
Mountain Spot: Pico de Loro
Region: Southern Tagalog
Distance from Manila: 54km
14' 14'' 16 N
120' 42'' 56 E
How to get there: Manila to Ternate (2-3hours) by bus.
 Ternate to Palay-Palay/Mataas na Gulod/Pico De Loro jump off point (20-30minutes) by tricycle or by jeep.
 From jump off point, there's a parking space for private transportation. there's also a toliet and a mini food shop. you can buy bottled water and chips from this point.
eskapo recommends:1. you rent a van or a jeepney from Manila to jump off point.
2. make sure that you have a guide as trail to the peak can be confusing on some areas.