CLAWING OUR WAY UP: MT SIPIT-ULANG & PAYARAN FALLS
Spending time outdoors may be better than you think. If you love nature, do not doubt that hiking is the perfect activity for you. I feel good in my body and good in the world while hiking. Still need convincing?
Mt. Sipit-Ulang is located in Rodriguez, Rizal. It has gained rapid popularity for its great rock formations and limestone trails. It stands 252 MASL with a difficulty level of 3/9, making it a minor hike. It shares the jump-off point for Mt. Ayaas which is Brgy. Mascap.
The mountain used to have two trails: the Banayad trail and the Paniki trail (some parts are now closed as per this writing). The former is the easier one while the latter is more challenging given its cave-like passages which are incredibly narrow. After we registered and secured a guide, we commenced with the climb.
Since we took the Banayad trail, the hike was pretty easy despite the muddy (If it's raining) and slippery ground. It takes about 2-4 hours to finish the climb for a slow-average pace. The initial part of the trail traces up a forest while the final part reveals its glorious limestone trail and rock formations. This is a pleasant hike that begins in a small meadow after crossing a stream then gently climbing up. The trail was mostly covered by trees and bushes and also passing under intimidating boulders and narrow rock formations. A bit of challenge was passing thru narrow passageways between boulders and crawling up sharp rock formations – it was actually awesome and fun slipping on these passageways. I never get tired of seeing all these different types of rock formations on the trails.
Mt. Sipit-Ulang’s summit did not disappoint. The view atop the peak offers a beautiful sight of Montalban, including its neighboring mountains: Mt. Ayaas, Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi, and Mt. Binacayan. To those who are wondering why it is named as such, it is because it was named after its peak which resembles that of a crab’s claw. It was so nice to be in harmony with nature again and I felt so thankful to have eyes that could appreciate this beauty.
Did you know that there are a lot of grape farms in La Union? I particularly visited this small grape farm in Bauang and had the chance to do grape picking! 2 kgs of grapes as pasalubong to my friends in MNL! 😛🍇 #thetravellingtongue
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