Mt. Pamitinan (426+) and Mt. Binacayan (424+) in Rodriguez, Rizal

MTS. PAMITINAN AND BINACAYAN
Rodriguez, Rizal
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA (Pamitinan): 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
LLA (Binacayan): 14°43′30.5′′N 121°11′26.1′′ E 424 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours (P); 2-3 hours (B)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (P); 3/9 (B) / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
Article history: Created February 8, 2015, last updated June 12, 2015

BACKGROUND
Brgy. Wawa in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal has long been known to outdoor enthusiasts for its beautiful Montalban Gorge and the various activities that can be done there: caving in Binacayan Cave and Bat Cave, mountain biking, swimming by the Wawa Dam,and  rock climbing in the limestone cliffs in Mt. Binacayan. In addition to this, it is now being recognised as a hiking spot, with at least two of its small, rocky mountains – Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan – offering refreshingly new trails with close proximity to Metro Manila. Both mountains can be done as half-day hikes and can be combined as a nice day of adventure.

The two mountains play a role in both history and legend. The mythical folk hero Bernardo Carpio himself is said to have separated the two mountains by his brute force in an act of self-liberation, creating the gorge, the river, and the rock formations. Another version says he remains chained in the gorge, keeping the two mountains from colliding. Andres Bonifacio sought refuge in Pamitinan Cave in 1895, and it is where he proclaimed one of the first declarations of independence, and by some accounts his words are still inscribed in the cave: “Viva la Independencia Filipinas”

Mt. Pamitinan
Mt. Pamitinan has a more established trail that takes roughly 1.5-2.5 hours going up. The first part is forested, passing through some attractions such as an ancient balete, the rock climbing. The Hapunang Banoy Junction is a rest area prior to the second, rocky part the trail. This part will be enjoyable to those who are used to rock climbing or bouldering, and a bit of a challenge for beginners – for whom it will be manageable, but requiring of concentration and care. The rocks are surrounded with bamboo trunks, some of which have alternating sections of holdable green and thorny brown trunk segments. Wearing gloves is recommended to ensure a comfortable grip on the jagged edges of the rocks and keep your skin off thorns.

There are several viewpoints along the trail, culminating in the summit which has a 360-degree view. To the North, one can see Mt. Hapunang Banoy and a distant Mt. Arayat, and from northeast to south, a vast swath of Sierra Madre mountains, thankfully still green. To the west on the other hand are the rapidly-growing towns of Rizal, and the more immediate scenery of Wawa River and Mt. Binacayan.

Mt. Binacayan
Mt. Binacayan, which is shorter than Mt. Pamitinan by just a few meters, has two different approaches, both of which feature a profile similar to Mt. Pamitinan, though the latter is a bit more unexplored (as of Feb 2015). Instead of a forested ascent, however, Binacayan offers a more agricultural terrain, followed by the same rock and bamboo ascent. The final leg is through a ridgeline with thick foliage, requiring long steps and reaches from one limestone formation to another.

The summit offers similar scenery, with a more extensive view of the meanderings of Wawa River – and of course a profile picture of Mt. Pamitinan, which partially eclipses Mt. Hapunang Banoy. The entire hike takes 3-5 hours, depending on the guide’s choice of trail – though this should get easier as the trail gets more established.

ITINERARIES

MT. PAMITINAN + MT. BINACAYAN TWIN DAYHIKE

0400 Take van from Cubao to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal
0530 ETA Rodriguez, Rizal; take trike or jeep to brgy. Wawa
0600 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register at barangay hall / tourism office
0630 Start trek up Mt. Pamitinan
0730 Arrival at Hapunang Banoy junction
0900 ETA summit
0930 Start descent
1100 Back at Brgy. Wawa. Lunch.
1200 Start trek up Mt. Binacayan
1500 Arrival at summit.
1530 Start descent
1800 Back at Brgy. Wawa. Tidy up then take outbound trike
2030 Back in Manila.

MT. PAMITINAN DAYHIKE

0500 Take van from Cubao to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal
0630 ETA Rodriguez, Rizal; take trike or jeep to brgy. Wawa
0730 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register at barangay hall / tourism office
0800 Start trek up Mt. Pamitinan
0900 Arrival at Hapunang Banoy junction
1030 ETA summit / Lunch
1200 Start descent
1400 Back at Brgy. Wawa. Explore the area / Sidetrips
1700 Tidy up then take outbound trike
1930 Back in Manila.

MT. BINACAYAN DAYHIKE

0500 Take van from Cubao to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal
0630 ETA Rodriguez, Rizal; take trike or jeep to brgy. Wawa
0730 Arrival at Brgy. Wawa. Register at barangay hall / tourism office
0800 Start trek up Mt. Pamitinan
1100 ETA summit / Lunch
1200 Start descent
1430 Back at Brgy. Wawa. Explore the area / Sidetrips
1700 Tidy up then take outbound trike
1930 Back in Manila.

PRACTICALITIES: MT. PAMITINAN AND BINACAYAN

Transportation
Public (1) Van, Cubao to Montalban (Eastwood) [P50; 1-1.5 hours]
(2) Jeep or trike, Montalban (Eastwood) to Wawa [P7.50-P10; <30 mins]Alternatively, take any transport to Montalban (i.e. via Marikina) then take (2)
Approximately 2-3 hours travel time because of various stops and delays. 

Private. Head out to Rodriguez, Rizal via Marikina and San Mateo, then follow the road to Wawa Dam. There is an entrance of P50 for private vehicles. Parking slots are available in front of the tourism office Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours travel time.

Registration
In order:
(1) Logbook at the DENR station in Wawa.
(2) Logbook at the Tourism Office in Wawa.
(3) Logbook at the barangay hall
P2 registration per person and donation of any amount
Available; assigned at the tourism office/ barangay hall. No fixed rates but P400/day is suggested (add more if twin dayhikes)
+639493956589 (Emman, guide)
+639473868778 (Ogie, guide)
+639983266559 (Richard Salina, guide)
+639295497211 (Joni – barangay)
Please share more contact numbers if you have them. Better to call the contacts rather than text as they may always have load.
Campsites and waypoints
Camping is possible in the Hapunang Banoy junction in Mt. Pamitinan and there are also small flat areas that can serve as campsites for small groups.In Mt. Binacayan it is possible to bivouac in under the rocks at the summit otherwise there are very limited opportunities for camping

Water sources
None in Mt. Pamitinan
None in Mt. Binacayan past the community
Cellphone signal
Very strong in Mt. Pamitinan
Sporadic in Mt. Binacayan
River crossings
None in the hikes themselves. Wawa River already has hanging bridges in place
Roped segments
None but there are parts where ropes might help beginners
None
Some
Rattan
None
Hiking notes
Wearing gloves recommended for the rocky trails in both mountains. Those not used to rocky trails need guidance and caution.
Sidetrips
Caves: Bat Cave and Binacayan Cave (P55 fee for the cave including headlamp rental)
Rock climbing in Mt. Pamitinan
Swimming by Wawa Dam
Alternate trails
Possible traverse from Pamitinan to Mt. Hapunang Banoy; also possible to two different trails in Mt. Binacayan
Yes for both mountains; both can be combined as a ‘twin dayhike’
Facilities at jumpoff
(+) Sari-sari stores
(+) Carinderias / paluto
(+) Wash-up / shower places
(+) Cottages by Wawa DamThere are gloves available at the DENR office for P50 pesos each.

500-700 (dayhike)
800-1000 (overnight)
MT. PAMITINAN AND BINACAYAN PICTURES

The rock climbing area in Mt. Pamitinan is encountered along the trail
The second part of the trail features scrambling up limestone formations
At the summit of Mt. Pamitinan with Mt. Binacayan at the background
The eastern view from the summit of Mt. Pamitinan features the
mountains of the Sierra Madre
At the summit of Mt. Binacayan with the Wawa River at the background

TRIVIA
Montalban Gorge or Wawa Gorge reaches heights of 360 meters which roughly correspond to the prominence of the Pamitinan and Binacayan with respect to the jumpoff. Wawa Dam itself was built in 1909, during the early American colonial period.

The blogger climbed Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan as a ‘twin dayhike’ on February 7, 2015. An account of this hike will be narrated in Hiking matters #447.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Randolf Magada contributed to this itinerary by sending an account of their earlier hike up Mt. Binacayan.

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25 Comments on "Mt. Pamitinan (426+) and Mt. Binacayan (424+) in Rodriguez, Rizal"


Member
1 year 10 months ago

Inakyat namin ang Binicayan Nov 15, started easy hanggang sa mga mabatong area sa taas. Matalas yung mga bato, prolly volcanic in origin. Importanteng may maayos na footwear, and also gloves. Umulan pag dating namin sa summit kaya di na kami tumuloy sa Pamitinan. Camping is not allowed up in Binicayan and Pamitinan. Pwede near the dam. Sarado din yung cave. 500 sa guide. Next time, Pamitinan and Hapunang Banoi naman.

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Arnel
1 year 11 months ago

hi.! : ) ask ko lang po kung Kung wat month po Advisble Umakyan ng Mt pulag? and if okay pag DEC? chka po about naman sa bag ,kung familiar po kayo sa brand na Rhinox bag? okay po ba yung Bag na yun? matibay po ba yun? tnx po..

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ACG
1 year 11 months ago

hi.! : ) ask ko lang po kung Kung wat month po Advisble Umakyan ng Mt pulag? and if okay pag DEC? chka po about naman sa bag ,kung familiar po kayo sa brand na Rhinox bag? okay po ba yung Bag na yun? matibay po ba yun? tnx po..

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Anonymous
2 years 21 days ago

Hi share ko lang yung experience nung climb namin… nung 28-29 August 2015
may iba pa nga palang option on d way to mt. pamitinan rodriguez rizal…
iwas traffic kasi kami..
from quezon avenue q.c – to Litex – 15.00 php
then Litex to Rodriguez (robinson) – 20.00 php
Robinson to Wawa DENR – 15.00 php (tricycle or Jeep)

Ang bilis ng byahe namin nyan..walang pagod sa traffic…

DENR – 2 pesos padin registration fee.
BRGY – register and donate any amount.

you may contact kuya jonjon – 0939-1999-081 / 09303061868 (any of this no.)

Sa guide – 400 php pwede nyo dagdagan kung sulit naman ang service nya.

Original plan namin is Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binakayan
EH ng Dahil sa nauna na samin ang kausap kong guide..He endorse us to this guy Kuya Edwin..
MEdyo ok naman sya..pero nung tinanong nya kami kung anung akyatin namin,,ayun sya mismo nag decide kung saan kami aakyat..

Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoy…daw kasi mas magkadikit at mas madaling akyatin..
and then we proceed kasi nga 3 lang kami go lang kami sa desisyon nya.

as we came to 711 kuno..iniwan nnamin ang bag namin dahil hindi naman pala pwede mag overnayt sa 2 bundok.

(pa update po) hindi po pwedeng mag overnayt sa Mt. Hapunang Banoy/ MT. Pamitinan or kahit sa Junction ng 2 mountain.

ayun pang dayhike lang talaga.. haha heavy bags pa naman ang dala namin..dala ang tent/bigas/tubig/etc…

Medyo mainit nung araw na yun..hanggang sa nakarating kami sa Mt. Pamitinan..ayos ang swabe ng akyat..(ni rerequired talaga dito ang pagsusuot ng Hand gloves at sapatos…
hindi ok ang sandals..

Ang daming umakyat pero karamihan ng naakyat dito ang napansin ko mas marami ang mga babae.
And then pababa na kami tanung kami ng tanung ng mga side trips…kay kuya EDWIN…
possible side trips daw..

BAT/pamitinan Cave,Falls

ayun plan sana namin na puntahan pagbaba..and then ng makarating kami sa tinatawag na junction..dito na kami nagtanghalian..
may napansin lang kami sa kanya habang kumakain…PArang hirap na hirap syang lumunok… haha..

akyat na kami ng MT. Hapunang Banoy..

Ng biglang umulan sa 1st summit..(according to kuya edwin may 7 summit daw ang hapunang banoy)..malas lang ng biglang umulan..napaka dulas ng mga bato..delikado kung wala kang baong safety gear..Hand gloves/Hiking shoes na mas importante..
kaya we decided na bumaba nalang at hindi na magpatuloy sa pag akyat sa 6 pang summit.

pababa na kami nagtatanong kami kay kuya edwin kung saan pwede mag summit..
dun daw kami sa ilalim ng Hanging bridge / or dun sa my kubo yung may VIdeoke..
wala nadaw pwede tulugan dun kundi dun lang…
Dahil sa malikot ang mga mata namin..nakita namin yung ibang mga mointaineer nagpunta ng wawa dam..

sinundan namin sila..pero sabi ni edwin wala nadaw pwede puntahan dun..(hai nko)
hindi kami nagpapigil sinundan padin namin ang mga nakikita namin..hanggang sa binayaran nalang namin si Kuya edwin ng 600.00 para iwanan nya na kami..
and then nakita namin ang mga grupo ng mga mountaineer na nakasakay sa bangka patawid ng ilog..

pamasahe sa Bangka – 5.00 php

ang camping site sa wawa dam – (Molave park) yun nalang yung itatawag ko…

250.00 pesos (group of 3) ang binayaran namin dito..
libre na ang tubig – pang luto pang hugas at pang ligo.
pwede kadin manghiram ng gamit pang luto..

dito nyo nga pala makikita ang tinatawag nilang Karugo falls..

my kubo din dito pwede nyo rentahan ng 150.00 pesos
pwede na kayo mag swimming..

haist eto ang babalikan ko sa montalban ang karugo falls..hindi ko masyado nasulit eh..
salamat share lang namin yung ngyari samin..medyo dissapointed lang kami sa guide..
haha salamat ulit..

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Anonymous
2 years 21 days ago

Hi share ko lang yung experience nung climb namin… nung 28-29 August 2015
may iba pa nga palang option on d way to mt. pamitinan rodriguez rizal…
iwas traffic kasi kami..
from quezon avenue q.c – to Litex – 15.00 php
then Litex to Rodriguez (robinson) – 20.00 php
Robinson to Wawa DENR – 15.00 php (tricycle or Jeep)

Ang bilis ng byahe namin nyan..walang pagod sa traffic…

DENR – 2 pesos padin registration fee.
BRGY – register and donate any amount.

you may contact kuya jonjon – 0939-1999-081 / 09303061868 (any of this no.)

Sa guide – 400 php pwede nyo dagdagan kung sulit naman ang service nya.

Original plan namin is Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binakayan
EH ng Dahil sa nauna na samin ang kausap kong guide..He endorse us to this guy Kuya Edwin..
MEdyo ok naman sya..pero nung tinanong nya kami kung anung akyatin namin,,ayun sya mismo nag decide kung saan kami aakyat..

Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoy…daw kasi mas magkadikit at mas madaling akyatin..
and then we proceed kasi nga 3 lang kami go lang kami sa desisyon nya.

as we came to 711 kuno..iniwan nnamin ang bag namin dahil hindi naman pala pwede mag overnayt sa 2 bundok.

(pa update po) hindi po pwedeng mag overnayt sa Mt. Hapunang Banoy/ MT. Pamitinan or kahit sa Junction ng 2 mountain.

ayun pang dayhike lang talaga.. haha heavy bags pa naman ang dala namin..dala ang tent/bigas/tubig/etc…

Medyo mainit nung araw na yun..hanggang sa nakarating kami sa Mt. Pamitinan..ayos ang swabe ng akyat..(ni rerequired talaga dito ang pagsusuot ng Hand gloves at sapatos…
hindi ok ang sandals..

Ang daming umakyat pero karamihan ng naakyat dito ang napansin ko mas marami ang mga babae.
And then pababa na kami tanung kami ng tanung ng mga side trips…kay kuya EDWIN…
possible side trips daw..

BAT/pamitinan Cave,Falls

ayun plan sana namin na puntahan pagbaba..and then ng makarating kami sa tinatawag na junction..dito na kami nagtanghalian..
may napansin lang kami sa kanya habang kumakain…PArang hirap na hirap syang lumunok… haha..

akyat na kami ng MT. Hapunang Banoy..

Ng biglang umulan sa 1st summit..(according to kuya edwin may 7 summit daw ang hapunang banoy)..malas lang ng biglang umulan..napaka dulas ng mga bato..delikado kung wala kang baong safety gear..Hand gloves/Hiking shoes na mas importante..
kaya we decided na bumaba nalang at hindi na magpatuloy sa pag akyat sa 6 pang summit.

pababa na kami nagtatanong kami kay kuya edwin kung saan pwede mag summit..
dun daw kami sa ilalim ng Hanging bridge / or dun sa my kubo yung may VIdeoke..
wala nadaw pwede tulugan dun kundi dun lang…
Dahil sa malikot ang mga mata namin..nakita namin yung ibang mga mointaineer nagpunta ng wawa dam..

sinundan namin sila..pero sabi ni edwin wala nadaw pwede puntahan dun..(hai nko)
hindi kami nagpapigil sinundan padin namin ang mga nakikita namin..hanggang sa binayaran nalang namin si Kuya edwin ng 600.00 para iwanan nya na kami..
and then nakita namin ang mga grupo ng mga mountaineer na nakasakay sa bangka patawid ng ilog..

pamasahe sa Bangka – 5.00 php

ang camping site sa wawa dam – (Molave park) yun nalang yung itatawag ko…

250.00 pesos (group of 3) ang binayaran namin dito..
libre na ang tubig – pang luto pang hugas at pang ligo.
pwede kadin manghiram ng gamit pang luto..

dito nyo nga pala makikita ang tinatawag nilang Karugo falls..

my kubo din dito pwede nyo rentahan ng 150.00 pesos
pwede na kayo mag swimming..

haist eto ang babalikan ko sa montalban ang karugo falls..hindi ko masyado nasulit eh..
salamat share lang namin yung ngyari samin..medyo dissapointed lang kami sa guide..
haha salamat ulit..