A Small but Terrible Mount Damas

Mt. Damas
Until now, Mount Damas is still in debate if it’s really a minor or a major climb. Others would say it’s minor because of its elevation and others would say its a major one because of its trail type and technicalities. During our ascent, the entire journey was composed of an assault and river crossing. This mountain is also the home of eatas who protect the forest from illegal activities.

Mt. Damas Trail
The Trail | The first part is walking on a simple but an uphill trail where the terrain is covered with trees, grass and shrubs on the sides. Next part is a major assault and then a steep descent to the river. Then, another assault to the summit; I enjoyed this part, because there were colorful flowers on the ground, orchids hanging on the trees and the birds were like nightingales singing melodies.

Mount Damas
 
Mt. Damas Trail

Mt. Damas Dueg River
 Dueg river | Part of the river crossing is the long stretch of Dueg river; a flow of water where hikers would need to hop on and off the boulders. If you feel that your tired and wants to replenish your tired muscles, then this area is perfect for swimming. The water is clear and really cool! We enjoyed watching the river flowing and hearing the splashes while having our lunch break here. And of course, the most famous Ubod Falls is a must visit spot here in Damas.

Mt. Damas Summit and Campsite
The Summit and the Campsite | On top of Mount Damas is an open area that serves as the campsite for the hikers. The area can handle less than ten tents, depending on the sizes. But there are clear areas on the lower level that can also be a campsite.

Filipino Mountaineers
 Here we are, Batang Hamog Mountaineers

Mt. Damas Trail
On the second day, while we were still surrounded by darkness, we already started preparing our breakfast. Good thing that the weather is fine and after an hour we started seeing a vibrant 'sea of clouds’ early in the morning. Around 9AM we had our descent.

Mt. Damas Ubod Falls
Ubod Falls from afar.

Mt. Damas Trail
On our second day, aside from the downhill, the challenging part was the river crossing. It was hopping on and off the slippery boulders and walking against the water current. I can say that the terrain is really protected because the trail is still surrounded by vines, trees, and some ornaments hanging on the branches. To those who are seeking an adventure, Mount Damas is perfect for you! Just don't forget: "What you bring on the mountains, bring it back with you including the beautiful memories.

How to Get here | We rode in a bus to Camiling, Tarlac and alighted by the highway near Camiling Market and the old Camiling Catholic Church. Then we chartered a jeep to the jump off in Brgy. Papaac, Camiling, Tarlac.