Bernardo Carpio and Mt. Pamitinan

Mt. Pamitinan
It's been a long time since we planned to visit Wawa Dam and hike Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, but for some reasons, it was unsuccessful. This twin mountains, with Wawa Dam as separator, is located in Rodriguez, Rizal, formerly known as Montalban, Rizal. These mountains are famous because of the legend, according to stories: Bernardo Carpio used his un-human power to separate these two mountains from each other, that's the reason why the space, where Wawa Dam is situated, was created. (photo above | left-Mt. Pamitinan, right: Mt. Binacayan) Photo below will show you how tough the trail of Mt. Pamitinan was.

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The trail of Mt. Pamitinan is difficult; the terrain is a bit challenging due to different factors. It has a combination of uphill, downhill, rock scrambling, and hopping on and off the boulders, same as with Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Haponang Banoy. The entire journey walking on the trail was remarkable, because the nature and weather seems to be so good to us during our hike, plus the people that I was with were so incredible. Three photos below were stolen shoots and will explain how difficult the terrain was.

Trail Mt. Binacayan

Mt. Marami

Pamitinan

Mt. Pamitinan
 On the summit of Mt. Pamitinan
After the tiring ascent, Mt. Pamitinan’s summit has 360 degrees view of Rodriguez, Rizal. The boulders have different sizes and shapes that are background perfect. The area is still covered with green trees, but a mining activity from afar is very noticeable. In fairness I observed, the province of Rizal and Bulacan has almost the same asset that can be proud of and those are the huge rocks and boulders.

Wawa Dam
On the summit, the snake like shape of Wawa River can be seen.

Mt. Binacayan
The rocky Mt. Binacayan

Freedom Climb

Mt. Kalisungan
Descending Mt. Pamitinan was a bit challenging because some of the trails are steep and literally vertical. Gravity will pull you down and the sharp edges of the boulders can cut your palm, if you’re not using gloves. But after the boulder part, the trail is still downhill but the trail is on the land now, not on the boulders, much easier than the trail to the summit. Terrains are still covered with trees and trail marks are visible.

Wawa Dam
After the tiring hike, you can take a break by dipping in Wawa Dam. The water is clear and cold, perfect for soared muscles. The pressure of the water falling from the dike is soothing and relaxing.

How to Get Here | Beside Jollibee Farmers, in Cubao, you can ride in an FX to Eastwood. In Eastwood, ride in a tricycle to Wawa Dam. Reminder: Entrance and Guide fees are to be collected at the DENR.

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