HIKING MT. LAGYO

After 15 months of hiatus from hiking due to our busy schedules and some errands, we’ve finally able to hike again. It’s been a while since our last hike at Mt. Ulap that is why we really missed hiking. Actually, we really don’t have enough practice and even exercise before hiking Mt.Lagyo that’s why we easily get exhausted even though Rizal mountains are not new to us since we have already experienced most of them.

The forest trail going up to the summit of Mt. Lagyo

Mt. Lagyo opened just about two years ago together with Mt. Parawagan and Mt. Susong Dalaga. These mountains are situated in Sitio Wawa, Brgy. San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal which was also included in the list of beginner-friendly mountains to hike in Rizal. Mt. Lagyo arises at around 396 MASL. Yeah! too small compare to other mountains in terms of altitude but Mt. Lagyo offers different challenges that maybe even seasoned hikers would notice and appreciate.

The view of the famous trilogy of Rodriguez, Rizal – Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi

We left Cubao around 5:45 AM through a commuter van and we arrived at Eastwood residences around 6:40 AM. hahaha It’s maybe too late but still, we push it through maybe because we don’t want to waste our effort. It’s Aj fault by the way that’s why we woke up 5 AM instead of 3 AM ahahaa 😀

The panoramic view of neighboring mountains.

We started to hike around 7:15 AM. The starting point going to Mt. Lagyo is far from the registration area where you have to walk along the ascended concrete road lined with houses for about 15-20 minutes.

Related article: Mt. Pamitinan: Day Hike Travel Guide

After 20 minutes, we reached the junction that separates the trail going to Mt. Parawagan and Mt.Lagyo. There is also a store in the junction where you can buy water and trail foods.

The store in the middle of the trail that separates Mt. Lagyo and Parawagan.

Due to the heavy rain that happened two days ago, the soft and unavoidable sticky muddy trail welcomed us in the early stage of our hike. Due to the small number of visitors hiking Mt. Lagyo, some part of the trail is not well established, dense and huge grasses cover the whole area that sometimes you couldn’t be able to see the trail itself.

With the scorching heat from the morning sun, we have finally reached the rocky part of Mt. Lagyo struggling into the sharp limestones and cliffs which is also somewhat similar to the features of Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoi. There is a steep and narrow path in between the two huge dolomites which were too risky and dangerous so you have to be very cautious. Some passages is also difficult to pass where you have to bend your body to go through.

The sharp-edges limestone: The rocky part

Tip: Going in large groups is more advisable because it lessens the individual expense for the tour guide fee. So since we were only two, we have to shoulder the PHP 800 fee for the tour guide.

The view from the summit of Mt. Lagyo
The view from the summit of Mt. Lagyo
Altitude from the summit.

Mt. Lagyo is easy definitely the best for beginner hikers. In just two hours, we’ve already reached the summit of Mt Lagyo. From the summit, you can see the panoramic view of Rizal mountains and the Sierra Madre.

My shoes after the hike.

I hope you enjoyed reading our journey to Mt. Lagyo. For those who are planning to hike this mountain. Let us share some travel tips and how to get there.

HOW TO GET THERE

VIA COMMUTE

From Cubao

  • Ride a UV express van from Cubao(in front of Jollibee farmers) bound to Montalban(Rodriguez)-Eastwood.( Travel time is about 1 hour)
  • Tell the driver to drop you off at Eastwood.
  • From Eastwood, ride a tricycle going to DENR.(15-20 minutes travel time).

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

  • UV VAN to Montalban or Rodriguez –  PHP 100.00
  • Tricycle from Ministop(Eastwood) to Sitio Wawa – PHP 60.00 per 3
  • Registration fee – PHP 50.00
  • Guide fee – PHP 800 good for 5 persons (PHP 160 each)
  • Tricycle from DENR to Ministop(Eastwood) – PHP 30.00 each
  • Lunch PHP 100
  • FX to Cubao – PHP 50.00

THINGS TO BRING

  • Bring a lot of water
  • Energy drink (Gatorade)
  • Hand Gloves
  • Packed lunch(Optional). You can buy foods at carinderia nearby
  • Sunblock
  • Garbage Bag( Leave no trace)
  • Extra clothes
  • Cameras(Actioncam, Phone, DSLR, etc)

USEFUL TIPS

  • Approximately 1.5 hours travel time from Cubao to Montalban – Eastwood
  • Pack light and bring enough water. 
  • Bring gloves or any hand protection gear.
  • Bring snacks/food (Chocolates, jelly, nuts, and etc)
  • There are sari-sari stores and carideria at the jump-off point where you could have breakfast or lunch.
  • Wawa Dam is just 5-10 minutes away from the DENR office.
  • The best time to go there is 4:00 AM.
  • Better to bring your own trash bag to dispose your waste properly.
  • Pray before hiking.

CONTACT GUIDE

Name: Jay Are Damas

Number: 09469249431

Kuya JhayAre – Our photographer & tour guide

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