Trailhead: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal
LLA: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit); 4/9 (Loop hike), Trail class 1-4
Features: Sea of clouds, scenic views of the Sierra Madre, waterfalls
(Credits to Pinoy Mountaineer)
Our month won’t be complete without a hike so weeks before we planned to conquer this two famous and newly opened mountains in Tanay, Rizal. It’s not actually our first time to hike around the vicinity of Tanay since we’ve been at Mt. Daraitan last March 24, 2016 though we rented a van going there because we’re not that familiar yet on the place.
But this time, we decided to commute as early as 1 am. We had our meet up at Starmall Shaw, the meet-up place of hikers since there are terminal of vans and jeepneys there going to Tanay. It was a byaheng-langit-kind of trip knowing the way going to Rizal. Haha we still enjoyed it, by the way. They dropped us to Batangasan then we hired a tryk to Brgy. Cayabu which was another buwis-buhay trip since the road was completely dark, bumpy and mostly unpaved especially from the gate of Brgy. Cayabu to Mar-Nings Resort, the registration area.
It was almost 5 am when we arrived at the jump off point and started the trek.
It was completely dark when we start ascending. Thank God our flashlights are ready. We passed through a rice field then a LOT of assault, caps lock para intense. Yes, when I say a lot, I really mean it.
We are all cautious with the weather because it was raining all afternoon in Manila so we expected that there will have some rain showers too in Tanay but surprisingly, there’s none. 15 minutes after we started, we are all exhausted. Total humid surrounded us even if it’s just still 5 o’clock in the morning. We are sweating really hard and we can’t feel any cold breeze from the trees around us. It was so unusual, our knees are shaking, but we have no choice but to continue the hike.
This is the view that will welcome you at the not-so-middle part of the hike to Cayabu. We are all excited to see the sea of clouds that’s why we did not rest that long and continue heading up immediately even if the sun is still sleeping. This is also to avoid the traffic, sea-of-crowds and the scorching heat of the sun when going up to the summit.
Almost an hour after, we reached the summit of Mt. Cayabu. It was not that overwhelming because it just looks like a usual resting area along the trail. If there’s no tarpaulin, we won’t recognize that it was the peak already. We just took a rest for a while then we continue going to the second summit, which is the Maynoba.
We’re lucky because we arrived early at the peak, though there are few hikers already, we still enjoyed the view and have some our own picture taking with the sea of clouds. No sea of crowds, fine weather and plenty of clouds, this was the reason why we really decided to start early.
After this, we just asked our tour guide to accompany us on one of the 8 waterfalls near the jump off point since we are all tired walking on assault for hours. We don’t have picture already because again, we are just exhausted and everyone wants to take a rest and dip on cold water. After an hour, we head back to the jump-off point.
We rode a jeep going to Cogeo then since we felt it was still early to go home we decided to have a side trip at Antipolo church. So from Cogeo, we rode another jeep going to Antipolo church. It was my first time to visit the church since I was not able to join Alay Lakad activities during the Holy Week. I felt good (even though there was a burial mass during our visit haha). I just thanked God for a safe hike then after that another merienda time inside Victory Shop.
From Antipolo, it was an another tricycle going to Pinto Art Museum but it was getting late so we just decided to go home. Below are our exact itinerary and budget (food excluded).
0100 Meet-up at Starmall Shaw
0230 Departure to Batangasan Junction Tanay, Rizal
0330 Arrival at Batangasan, hire tricycle to Brgy. Cayabu, ETD to Maynoba trailhead, jump off point
0445 Arrival at Maynoba jump-off point, secure guide and start trek
0530 Arrival at Cayabu Peak
0545 Continue with loop hike
0630 Arrival at Maynoba Peak, enjoy the view, picture sessions, lunch
0730 Proceed to falls
0815 am Arrival on one of the falls, dip and enjoy water
0845 Trek back to trailhead
1030 Arrival at jump off point, tidy up
1100 Tricycle back to Brgy. Cayabu gate
1200 Arrival at Brgy. Cayabu gate, Jeep to Cogeo
1400 Arrival at Cogeo, jeep to Antipolo church
1415 Quick visit and roam around Antipolo Church, merienda at Victory Mall
1600 Head back to Manila, Jeep to Cubao
1900 Arrival to Cubao
58 – Jeep from Starmall to Tanay
125 – 500/4 Tryk to Brgy. Cayabu
25 – Registration Fee
100 – Guide fee Php 500
20 – Banlaw
63 – 250/4 Tryk from jump off to Brgy. Cayabu gate
28 – Jeep from Cayabu to Cogeo
7 – Cogeo to Antipolo Church
48 – Antipolo to Cubao
Php 474 : Total Expenses
Still, Rizal is a place for every person wants to start traveling because it has plenty of places to offer. All the scenic views are accessible at the metro and budget friendly. Though we haven’t gone to some of the best location yet, maybe it was the perfect reason why we still need to go back to this province.