Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mt. Cinco Picos (881+)

MT. CINCO PICOS
Subic, Zambales

Major jump-off: Sitio Cawag Settment, Subic
LLA: 14° 47' N 120° 9' E, 881 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 6-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3

BACKGROUND
Mt. Cinco Picos in Subic, Zambales is a hiking destination that is attracting the interest of more and more climbers. Once a training ground for US servicemen stationed in the now-defunct Subic Naval Base, this mountain, like the nearby highlands, is home to the local Aetas who call the mountain "Tatlong Tirad". The Spanish name 'Cinco Picos' represents the five peaks of the mountain. The typical two-day trek in Mt. Cinco Picos starts at an Aeta settlement called Sitio Cawag and will take you past Peaks 1 and 2 to camp at Peak 3 and lets you glimpse at Peaks 4 and 5. Aside from the rolling, grassy slopes that characterize the coastal side of the Zambales mountains, views of Subic Bay, neighboring Mt. Balingkilat, and nearby islands and beaches make climbing Cinco Picos a truly pleasant experience.

Hikers would take the first trip from Manila to Olongapo to arrive there at around 0600H. A jeepney may be arranged to take the group to the Aeta settlement in Sitio Cawag. After securing guides, who ask to be referred to as 'kulots' and a courtesy call to the village chieftain, the rest of the day will be spent trekking. The trails are even, mostly exposed, grassy/rocky, passing by a few streams. There are some steep parts also. The first three peaks become landmarks in the progress of the hike, with the first peak assault occurring less than two hours after start of trek. Huts are in place as rest stations. Ultimately, after six hours, Peak 3 will be reached. Not faraway is the campsite that is nestled between the two peaks beyond. Mt. Balingkilat looms from a distance. Being a coastal mountain, the breezes are truly refreshing.

ITINERARY

Day 1
0300 Take first trip Manila-Olongapo via Victory Liner
0600 ETA Olongapo; take rented jeep to jump-off (P1,600)
0730 Arrival at Sitio Cawag jump-off. Secure guides.
0900 Start trek
0930 Courtesy call to Chieftain; leave settlement
1100 Reach Peak 1
1200 Lunch at hut
1230 Reach Peak 2
1600 ETA Peak 3
1630 Reach campsite
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0600 Wake up / Breakfast
0700 Break camp
0800 Start descent
1130 Lunch at hut
1330 Back at jump-off; Tidy up
1430 Take jeepney back to Olongapo City
1530 ETA Olongapo City. Take bus back to Manila
1900 Back in Manila

SPECIAL CONCERNS
For Mt. Cinco Picos and Balingkilat, a very important resource person is MikeB. You may visit his website to make more specific inquiries. According to his website, advance notice to the Mayor's office is requested of groups wishing to climb either Cinco Picos or Balingkilat. Also, guide fee for two 'kulots', all in, is P600. You may want to contact Mike for help in making climb arrangements through his email, mikeb@mikeb.info.

TRIVIA
The Cawag Settlement was actually where the Aetas sought refuge after the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The Aetas of Zambales are great outdoorsmen -- tapped by American soldiers to teach them about jungle survival for the Vietnam War and later conflicts. The Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) camp originally built for US Special Forces and Navy Seals continue to offer Aeta outdoor knowledge to those wish to learn about it.

52 comments:

meister said...

thanks for the info. we'll be exploring this mountain this weekend!!

gideon said...

@meister: have a nice trek!

risk07 said...

kagagaling lang ng group namin dun last weekend.panalo sir yung view... grabe lang ang init dun... thanks to your blog and tulong ni s'mikeb. sa inyo galing lahat ng info na ginamit nung umakyat kami. panalo rin sir yung pababa sa silanguin cove, walang katapusang river trekking, heheheh.we'll send you the IT we used for cinco picos-silanguin trav para kung sakaling may maghanap sa inyo...

eric e.
ADTREK-MC

Anonymous said...

ganda ng lugar sulit sobra wla nga lang signal ng phone kahit anong network

Anonymous said...

sir wala b celfone number c mikeb. tsaka wala n bang bawas ung 1,600 n jeepride. paakyat kc kami dis april 10-11

Anonymous said...

wla bang sked climb dito ?????????

Anonymous said...

. . anu pa poh bah pwedeng sakyan pag ndi makaparent . galing po sa manila . . thanks

Anonymous said...

mga sir and ma'am may contact number ba kayo ni mikeb?

Anonymous said...

as in wala po bang cellphone signal dun till now???

meg said...

me entrance fee po b dun?
tska anu po ung mga facilities s camping site?
lastly, ilang tao po b ung worth 1,600 s jeep?

Anonymous said...

ok dito sir..guide is 600, 1 guide:5 climbers ang palakad ng mga kulot sa area, jeepney 1600 good for 18, depende sa ibibigay ng operator ng jeep sa inyo.. you can also text or contact migs of Yabagmc 09052688275 hes well known sa area, sya nag assist sa amin last climb. if you goin there.


Jet..

Anonymous said...

Astig ang bundok na eto..Ang terrain puro cogon grass..haring araw ang sasalubong kaya humanda sa heat protection/baka ma heat stroke..katabi nito ang mt.balingkilat..dala lng kau tent/food for our fellow aeta(guides)mountaineer..
1,2,3 peaks are allowed to be climbed
4and 5 peaks are restricted.
Dami watersource n rainy season..
salam!! cinco picos.....amen

Anonymous said...

Guys, meron bang safe na parking para dito? Balak kasi namin, para mas tipid.

Thanks.

MIGS said...

meron safe na parking jan, pwede pabantayan kay chieftain

jonjon said...

Good Day Mountaineers / Back Packers / OutDoors ,
Cinco Pico is a good mountain to climb considering the trail ok sya pag tag araw at lalo na pag rainy season madaming trail water . get ready lang talaga pag tag araw kasi nga lulutuin ka ng init ng mga bato at sinag ng araw / sa tag ulan naman masaya mag trail maliban lang sa unang river na madadaanan mo at maputik na trail :) . Mabait ang Cinco Pico sa camp site matatanaw mo ang Nagsasa Cove / at masisilip mo ang Anawangin Cove . Katabi ng Cinco Pico ang Mt.Dayungan at ang nag haharing mataas na bundok na Mt.Balingkilat . Sila ang bantayog ng Sitio Cawag Zambales Sa mga mag pupunta ng Cinco Pico you can contact : Chieftain Jimmy : 09073142948 at Service Jeepney Kuya Rosendo : 0928-2929994 :
pwede rin kayo mag patulong kay Ka Rosendo Mag lakad ng permit bago umakyat ng Cinco Pico . Padaan kayo sa Local Municipal ng Olongapo .

Karagdagang Informasyun :
http://chatroll.com/mountaintalk

Ang inyong Abang Lingkod :
NTMJR
KABUN MOUNTAINEERS

Anonymous said...

may akyat ba dito june 13-14?..

Anonymous said...

Good morning,

Ano pong magandang training climb for Mt. Cinco Picos?

Anonymous said...

We have an open climb for Cinco Picos on Sept. 4-5, 2010. You can send us an e-mail at mmsopenclimbs@gmail.com or text Mhei at 09178635639 for further details.

Tara na akyat na!

-Sieg

Anonymous said...

Mga Sir, sino po ang may latest IT ng Cinco Picos climb? ung kasama yung trav ng silanguin cove. pa send naman po. econdicion@gmail.com.

maraming salamat mga Sir

- Erwin

nightcreature said...

sino may open climb for cinco picos. pwede pasabit

YABAGMC said...

MT CINCO PICOS OPEN CLIMB DEC 4-5 2010
FOR DETAILS PLEASE VISIT:
http://yabagmc.wordpress.com/cinco-picos-trek/

YABAGMC

Anonymous said...

makita tayo sa cinco picos!!! jan 28-30 hehehe
--juds

Anonymous said...

come and let's have an outreach for AETAS here @ Mt. Cinco Picos...Jan. 28-30, 2011...


-James-

Anonymous said...

hi, guys...the best ang Mt. Cinco Picos at ang outreach program nmen s mga Aetas n mga kapatid nten last jan. 29-30, 2011...pg may high blood ka,talo ka d2 kz c haring araw ang nakatingin sau pg walang ulan at pg gabi nman sobrang lamig...ayos ang view d2 kita mo d2 ang Tarak Ridge at Mt. Samat pati ang Natib s Bataan...at syempre ang katabi nyang Balingkilat at green island...try to experience,punta kau d2 s Cinco Picos...

-James-

Anonymous said...

Share ko lng Feedback ng ibang Aetas na taga Cawag na nakasalamuha ng aking tropa sa Anawangin about sa outreach sa Cawag last jan. 29-30, 2011 .

* Ung ibang Aetas na taga CAWAG daw masama loob kasi walang nakuha.
* Ung mga naiwan na goods kinuha daw ni Chieftain lahat at wala na naiabot sa iba.
* Mali daw ung list nila ng mga eata..Pabor daw lahat sa chieftain un list..
* Kahit ndi taga dun my nakukuha
* Sana daw sa susunod, ipamigay nlng muna ung mga goods bago umakyat.

Share ko lng para aware tayong lahat.. Maraming salamat...

- Teng

Anonymous said...

may open climb po ba kayo, bka pwede po magjoin kami.. tnx..

Anonymous said...

meron po kami climb sa Mar. 19-20.. open climb po cya. need lang po namin current contact numbers po na pwede namin hingin for the guide & jeepney driver. tnx po

Anonymous said...

@ Teng : correct,sir...indie lng ikaw na-disappoint s outreach nten last Jan. 28-30, 2011 sabi ng mga locals dun n mga Aetas nung natapos ang outreach s kanila n daw mapupunta ang mga natirang goods at ung ibang Aetas n nsa gubat pa nakatira wala ring naiuwe...ung nakisabay s atin s bus n Aetas indie sya n bigyan ng goods dahil sbi nya indie sya mabibigyan ni chieftain(alam mo n kung bakit),kaya binigyan ko nlng ng natira kung bigas at ung ibang kasamahan nten binigayn nlng din sya...

- James -

Anonymous said...

pupunta po kami sa cinco picos this coming march 19-20...plan din magbigay ng konting tulong sa mga kapamilya nating aetas sa lugar.... any advice po na pwede namin gawin... plan kasi namin magbigay sa umaga bago umakyat sa taas.

thank you..

Anonymous said...

good day,sir...
advise ko lng s inyo going to Cinco Picos...mgpa-register muna kau s Brgy. hall,dun kau s police department mgp-register to secure ur group and guide...

much better kung mauna muna ung pgbibigay nyo ng goods s mga Aetas,before kau umakyat ng Cinco Picos...nung time kz n umakyat kme last Jan. 28-30(outreach program),n huli ang pgbigay nmen ng mga goods at ginabi kme...8 persons is to 1 guide at okey nman ang trekking walang ligaw,s campsite may water source dun kaya indie na mahirap...

contact person :
chieftain jimmy - 0907-3142948

Anonymous said...

Hello po, Sa mga mountaineers po n gusto punta sa SILANGUIN's CINCO PICOS at need nio po ng place n may signal lalo na po ang GLOBE,,, hanapin nio lang po yung place ni MERCY, and if you guys ever need a boat, call nor txt us @ 09172022692 and lookfor LIEZEL....GOD BLESS po....

Anonymous said...

Hi po sa lahat, This about the new BOAT RATE in PUNDAKIT….Eto po ang bagong ordinansa ng brgy Pundakit para sa mga Bangkero. At pag kami po ay hindi sumunod ay maaari po kaming magmulta o di naman ay tuluyang alisan ng permiso para magbiyahe ng mga bangka….

SMALL BOAT….(max of 4 pax)balikan
Pundakit to CAMARA island = P700
Pundakit to CAPONES = P1,000
Pundakit to Annawangin = P1,000
Pundakit to Talesayen = P1,500
Pundakit to Nagsasa = P1,800
Pundakit to Silanguin = P2,500
Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P1,500

BIG BOAT
Pundakit to CAMARA island = P150/head
Pundakit to CAPONES = P200/head
Pundakit to Annawangin = P200/head
Pundakit to Talesayen = P300/head
Pundakit to Nagsasa = P400/head
Pundakit to Silanguin = P600/head
Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P300/head

Tent
3 person = P250
4 person = P300
6 person = P500

At kung may gusto pa po kayong malaman o katanungan ay maaari nio po kaming tawagan o itx sa 09172022692 at hanapin po si DINDO or LIEZEL…. salamat po and GOD BLESS….

cidaine said...

we will be heading now to victory liner going to zambales yahoo! so excited! yeepee!

Anonymous said...

Cinco Picos Full Traverse plus Island Hopping
(Silaguin Cove/Green Island/Talisayen /Nagsasa Cove/Anawangin/Camara/Capones/Pundaquit) Inclusive;
Transportation
Permit/Guide Fee
Boat Fee
Manila-Zambales-Manila
Meals( Dinner for Day 1, Breakfast,lunch for Day2)
All in for 3,000.00 for 10-15 pax
Contact Us. 09175079026 ALAK Mountaineer

Anonymous said...

Senxa po sa Alak mountaineer... kasama dapat kasi ako sa inyo, nag pasama kasi ung mga taga dito sa amin na umakyat din sa Mt. Romelo... regards kay Luloy...

Anonymous said...

We went there two weeks ago. Hiking is not difficult, it's the scorching heat that exhausts hikers. Worse is the price of the guides. Imagine: 900pesos to think that difficulty is 3/9? Compare that to Sicapoo which has 9/9 difficulty. Guides cost only 500pesos.

akyat baba mountaineers said...

this is our climb destination on freedom climb 2011...

-akyat baba mountaineers

MIGS said...

Mountains and traverses related to Cinco Picos, Dayungan and Balingkila BY: Mike b of YABAGMC

As of this moment hindi ko muna pansamantala hinihikayat na umakyat ang mga mountaineers dito sa Subic, Zambales. Eto ay ang mga sumusunod na mga trails at possible traverses:

MikeB said...

Notice to All Mountaineers going to Mt Cinco Picos, Bundok Dayungan and Bundok Balingkilat and its Traverses --http://goo.gl/xA5oa

Anonymous said...

sir, pa update naman po about sa guide, transportation at registration ng cinco picos... may plan kasi kami na pupunta dito... thanks much, -likit

Anonymous said...

wala pa rin po bang climb advisory for cinco picos?,...

jomarie said...

sir gids gandang araw po sir, jomarie magadia po ng DOGFOUR mountaineer, ask lng po sana ko ng update about climbing MT.cinco picos, mag climb po kami this coming oct.22-23, 2011... salamat po...09054203404

dindo said...

Greetings, we are please to inform you aboout our package tour to various destinations:

1)Anawangin
2)Talisayen
3) Nagsasa
4) Silanguin

Contact Person: Dindo Nieva
contact number: 09172022692

dindo

Anonymous said...

hello! magkano na po kaya ang budget sa mt. cinco picos ngayon? :)

Boks Dela Paz said...

Hi Everyone:

Does anybody know if there are water sources at this mountain(along the trail or at any of the campsites)?

thanks!

Anonymous said...

jeepney rent(new rates) from olongapo bus terminal to jumpoff in cawag P1,800.00 including jumpoff to olongapo bus terminal. pundakit to olongapo bus terminal and vice versa P2,200.00. anywhere in zambales. please contact mr. Rosendo(Dhong)Buison 0912-327-1159& 0928-292-9994 Kahit boat meron tayo.


Dhong

MikeB said...

Subic Mountains: Meeting with Chieftain Balosbalos at Cawag Resettlement - July 8, 2012 ---http://goo.gl/GPwoz

Anonymous said...

Gid pa-post na lamang ito.

Sa mga mountaineer mangyari po lamang na eto ang kontakin ninyo

- 0999 549 7210 - Chieftain Juanito Balosbalos
- 0921 346 5312 - Jean Dela Cruz
- 0949 701 5730 - Diony

kapag pupunta kayo sa mga bundok ng Balingkilat, Dayungan, Cinco Picos at mga traverses papunta sa mga beaches ng Nagsaza, Anawangin at Silanguin. Kung meron kayong sariling mga kontak sa mga Kulot dun na wala sa numerong ito ay mangyari po lamang na wag nyo ng tangkain na kontakin pa kase hindi kayo nakakatulong sa mga Kulot dun. Binuksan ang mga bundok na ito sa mga mountaineer upang ang lahat ng mga Kulot dun ang siyang makinabang sa pag ga guide at hindi yaong mga iilang Kulot lamang. Si Chieftain Balosbalos ang nakatalagang Chieftain doon sa Cawag. Nasasakupan niya dito ang San Martin na kung saan dito nanggagaling ang kontak ng ibang mga mountaineer.

Nakikiusap ako sa inyo na kung gusto ninyo makatulong sa mga Kulot dun at hindi yaong iilan lang na mga kulot ang mga numero sa taas ang kontakin ninyo.

You can also visit the site www.yabag.org

Salamat po.
MikeB (www.mikeb.info)

jose barcena said...

august 23 ETD fri nyt un . up to aug 24-25 ..


option a: MINOR CLIMBS ONLY :) 3peaks ang drama
mt.balingkilat
mt.dayungan
mt.cinco picos

option b:
2peaks only plus beach (silangin cove)
(dq pa alam kung balingkilat at cinco picos ung 2peaks ee :) )

ung IT at other details to be followed nlng :)
bout sa PRECLiMB cgro DAPAT MERON ...
kc namomoblema aq lge sa ulam ee ..

just asking lng kung gsto nyo :)

assuming na budget for 10pax muna ay
900php lht na , EXCEPT FUDS :)
kung mag exceed sa 10 ok lng dn :)
assuming lng muna ung 10pax ^_^


bka may suggestion or tnung
JOSE BARCENA-09465331573
JAY MARQUEZ-09077679054


https://www.facebook.com/events/1401564536726318/


Anonymous said...

Magandang Araw mga kabundok!!

We are planing to climb on nov.30 to dec.1 pero dayhike lang sya kasi derecho tayo sa Silanguin cove at dun magovernight.Welcome po lahat ng gustong sumama at KKB po ito budget is 1500 est.limited lang slot..pls.txt for more info cp#09325405791.

Madaming thanks pinoy mountaineer!!

Anonymous said...

Magandang Araw mga kabundok!!

We are planing to climb on nov.30 to dec.1 pero dayhike lang sya kasi derecho tayo sa Silanguin cove at dun magovernight.Welcome po lahat ng gustong sumama at KKB po ito budget is 1500 est.limited lang slot..pls.txt for more info cp#09325405791.

Maraming thanks pinoy mountaineer!!

Anonymous said...

magandang araw..

ako po ay taga pundakit. kung sino man pong nais mag trekking sa mt picos maari po namin kayong tulungan .contact nyo lang po kami. kuya poling 09193910016..09198437370.. may bangka din po kaming naghahatid sa anawangin , silanguen at nagsasa cove. maging sa agnaem cove , capones island at camara island. ito po ay sa murang halaga. cheaper and affordable price..

joan

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