Hiking matters #44: Pico de Loro Traverse


Basking at the vastness of Earth from the Parrot’s Beak in Pico de Loro is an experience worth repeating, and that I did when I joined my friend Gideon Sarreal and his friends in a traverse of Pico de Loro last week. The other Sarreals were there too – Coby of San Beda Mountaineers and sisters Lilay and Agnes. If you look at the picture, there are two figures standing at the Parrot’s Beak – one of which is me.

What else can I add about a very popular destination that nearly everyone has climbed? Perhaps not much. But even so, Pico de Loro is one mountain that changes with each season; when rainy, the winds turns fiery and the waterfalls becomes noteworthy. When sunny, the views are assured but the waterfalls is dry.

Along the way we met some climbers who were reminding other climbers not to litter in the trails. This voluntary ‘policing’ of the mountain is a very welcome attitude. We must always be vigilant. I am happy to report, however, that Pico de Loro is a clean mountain; I didn’t see any garbage in campsite – and only a few in the waterfalls; I hope this is maintained and improved.

We did the descent to Nasugbu very swiftly, taking all of 80 minutes to reach the Ternate-Nasugbu Highway. The bamboo grove-themed trail was an expanded version of the brief forest interlude in Batulao’s new trail. From the highway. which we hitched a ride to Nasugbu town proper. Jolibee was at hand to give us a postclimb treat. All in all, it was a very nice dayhike!

Pictures courtesy of Lalaine Hablado. Many thanks and it was nice meeting everyone who joined the climb!

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23 Comments on "Hiking matters #44: Pico de Loro Traverse"


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Anonymous
7 years 10 months ago

aakyat po kami ng pico de loro this long holiday…
ask ko lang po kung pano pumunta dun s may white sand beach that u mention…
it is much appreciated kung mkaresponse po kayo before sat..thank you so much

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Anonymous
8 years 1 month ago

anonymous (Sunday-May 22), kayo yata yong nakasabay namin (I'm Elmer). Hehe. I just found out na from the point na pinagpahingahan natin (yong meron fork na pabalik at upuang kahoy) e 25 minutes na lang highway na. Instead of more than 4 hours na lakad natin to Sitio Kumbento. Waaaah!

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Anonymous
8 years 1 month ago

Where is that trail to Nasugbu that just takes 80 mins? We tried to follow that trail and we ended up walking a long long way — about 4 hours.

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Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago

pico traverse:

bago umakyat sa tuka, there's a junction pababa. one is the old trail (LEFT) and the other is the traverse (RIGHT).. Take the way to your right, deretso na lang, lalabas na kau sa papaya. breathe taking white sand beach. gandang side trip! pramisssssssssss :)) haaay i miss pico

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Anonymous
8 years 10 months ago

galing na din ako sa pico de loro, madali lang naman akyatin