Sea of clouds?until 8am?near the metro?with 8 “wonder” falls? Who wouldn’t want to experience that?
Standing 728masl in Tanay, we hiked this newly opened mountain circuit of Mt.Maynoba and Cayabu. I have tried to climb mountains in Rizal,such as Mt.Binacayan and Mt.Daraitan, in which they said are showcasing sea of clouds but i have not experienced this view because you really have to be early in the peak to see that. Here are some details from pinoymountaineer.com:
CAYABU-MAYNOBA LOOP)Tanay, Rizal
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
Article history: Created 4 June 2016 by Gideon Lasco
Due to its high success rate of seeing the sea of clouds, I took all my bag of hope and faith that i will be enjoying it this morning. You might want it too.So here it is.
This time I was with my invictus buddies, taro,mike and lilet (who happened to be a first timer on hiking).
Kudos mike,taro and lilet!
We joined an organized climb by Sir Mar Marayag,who happens to be very kind and jolly:)
Surprisingly, we were ahead of our itinerary because we reached the jump off earlier than expected.
1:00am Meet and greet at Farmer’s cubao
1:40am ETD at Cubao
3:00am ETA at brgy cayabu, Tanay Rizal Breakfast & Registration
4:00am Start trek to mt.cayabu
5:30am Arrival at mt.cayabu summit/Rest/Photo Ops
5:45 am Start trek to mt.maynoba
7:00am Stopover to Peak
8:30am Arrival at mt.maynoba summit/Snacktime
9:00am Start descent/To 8 Wonderfalls/ swimming
10:00am – 12:00pm : 8 Wonderfalls
12:00nn Start descent traverse going to exit
1:00pm Lunch/wash up/Shower/Swim
3:00pm ETD going to cogeo/Cubao
We reached the jump off at around 3am. At that time, there were already other climbers who were registering.
As a protocol,waiver must be signed by the climbers.
Doing some final prep while waiting for the start of our hike at 4am
So this,so far, was my earliest climb of all.(No judging pls.haha)It was still dark.I suggest you start early as well.
This is ms. Gi,ms. baby and sir mar sharing their smiles during the ascent.
Lilet and I woke up like this.just😂 kidding.
“Is it recommendable for first timers?”
It is actually crucial to answer this question because it might discourage a person from climbing.However, It still depends on the person. I think this will be challenging to the beginners but i can say it is doable like my friend Lilet (imagine she was from a 2-10pm duty,not to mention we had not enough sleep for this but i don’t encourage you to do that) Read as much about the trail so you know what to expect.Buy yes babe, it is doable.
There are tall grasses/”talahib”so wear your arm or leg warmers as protection because your skin might get itchy or irritated . As you head towards the falls, the trail will include some rocks and forest. There are parts that are slippery so better be careful. While it is doable with just holding to stable stems,A trekking pole will be very helpful.
The steep,ascending trail will surely pump up your cardio.I think I can compare it to Daraitan. So for those who have been sedentary,try to jog and run before the scheduled hike. As the time passes and the sky recovers from its darkness, you can already appreciate the sea of clouds as you go up.
You see those lights up there?That is where we came from:)
When we had our hike, we felt a bit cold, though it is tolerable. Aside from grasping to the trunks of the trees and the bamboos, ropes are logically placed on slippery and steep portions.
Sea of clouds,Peaks
It offers a very good view of Sierra Madre mountains system and other mountains such as Mt.Tukduan banoi and Mt.irid to name a few(maybe i can go there next time.) When the sea of clouds subsided,they will look like cottonballs.
sea of clouds +apple on my hand=perfect morning
When you look at this,you can see the sea of clouds. But when you turn your ,back you can see this majestic view of green mountain ridges and this valley .
OTw to summit
You might think that is already the summit because of the very nice view.Little did we know we still need to walk down and up.
can you see that flag there?that is where we will be going.That is the summit.
Time to rest…
Then take a picture,of course.
i’m so proud of this guy!❤️❤️❤️
The waterfalls are along the way.I suggest that you bring outdoor sandals,just in case you do not want your hiking shoes to get wet.You will be crossing some streams of waters.(or just wear your sandals.It is just that i feel more safe wearing my hiking shoes but i find it more of a hassle to put them on and off so i ended up swimming with them.squishy squishhy)
I can say that the trail can be compared to Mt.Daraitan because we had to trek on rocks which added to the challenge.
There is also a stream of water(bukal) which they say is potable and safe to drink. I was ambivalent at first but I still tried it. It was clear,cold,and a little sweeter than the usual.
All of us tried it. And I must say, we are still alive and we did not have any tummy aches. Some refilled their water containers.Some washed themselves. So I think, It is just okay not to bring a lot of water as long as the “bukal” remains to be clean.
Taro ,trying the bukal water.
After the tall grassy trail of maynoba and cayabu cones the forests trail.
it was already hot this time so we are very eager to see the waterfalls.
Some may call it wonderfalls or chasing falls or mini waterfalls.The water was so cold and clear. I wouldn’t regret taking a dip on it.
It might look brown on the photos but maybe they are due to the reflections of the waterbed below.
These interrelated downstream of water is really a gem or reward to the hikers who likes to get a dip after hiking. Though it will still take you 1hr to get on the foot of the mountain after the last falls. Be careful because the rocks, although not that sharp,are slippery. We tried the 1st.2nd and the 7th falls, with depths of about 4-5ft.
The 4th falls. I think passing this is the most challenging. The rocks are so slippery and if ever you will fall with your bag?that would be a disaster😂
There are many interesting earthly things,such as big boulder of rocks,big trees on the way down but i was not able to take a picture of it. Here is one we’ve seen.
They do not know the name but they say it is non-edible.(tell me if you know about it,please.)
Since it was still dark whwn we started the hike,we were not able to see what was here until we reached this upon our descent.
so these shower rooms are pretty clean enough.It s floors are tiled and it has a separate cubicle for the toilet bowl.Shower costs 20php.
resting my feet while waiting for the others.
Btw,this is how the registration area looks like at daytime
It was a memorable climb for me not only because it is my first time to witness the famous sea of clouds but it is also an event 2days after my birthday and a day before the Philippine independence day so i consider this as my first birthday climb and first independence climb.
So before ending this ,let me say thanks to sir mhar,for organizing the trip.Thanks to out newly found friends and our trail guides.Most of allThank God for providing us a good weather so we can appreciate once more this amazing creation of yours. .Thanks Lord it was success.
Attire (For those who do not have an idea
Comfortables shirt or rashguard or drifit
shoes or outdoor sandals/slippers
gloves with rubber on the palmar side.(optional)
Things to bring:
Hydration bag/Water at least 2L, Gatorade
Trekking pole(very helpful)
Trail food and baon(I usually bring Mentos and chicken;)
Raincoat (just in case)
Extra clothes and towel
Plastic/ziplocks and Garbage bag
Btw if you are curious about how much we have paid for these,here it is:
Event Fee: P550.00 Inclusions: RT Van Transfers ,Environmental and Registration Fees,Local Guide Fee