Saturday - December 8, 2012
We're done with Mt. Kalisungan and now in pursuit of Mt. Mabilog's summit to complete the Twin Hikes IV.
The time was almost 2PM when our group arrived at the jump-off of Mt. Mabilog at Brgy. Sto. Anghel, San Pablo City. Actually, we're a bit late in our itinerary, haven't taken lunch yet, but my eagerness to reach the summit of Mt. Mabilog did not wane a bit - maybe I was just really excited to reach my 30th mountain.
|the Sto. Anghel jump-off of Mt. Mabilog is also the jump-off for Lake Pandin (Lake Pandin is one of the 7 Lakes of San Pablo), thus, half of the group who had enough hiking for the day just opted to stay by the lake to chill and relax.|
|The other half continued towards the summit of Mt. Mabilog.|
|the trail ascends gradually and the environment closely resembles that of Mt. Sembrano. Banana plants dominate the trail.|
|there were grazing cows along the trail. yung iba nakakatakot kasi mahahaba yung sungay.|
|And the reward for hiking Mt. Mabilog's summit. You will see the Banahaw Mountain Complex (Mt. Cristobal, Mt. Banahaw and Banahaw de Lucban) and Lakes Pandin and Yambo.|
The Unexpected Traverse to Nagcarlan
We were still not done taking photos when suddenly rain poured down on us. This left us with no choice but to start leaving the summit and head back to Lake Pandin where the other half of the group was waiting for us.
|Rainbow after the rain|
We again came across another house and there we found a man doing his chores. We asked for directions back to Lake Pandin, he did give us directions, but we still ended up taking a different trail. We even reached a muddy river.
From the river, we took another overgrown trail until, vwalla, we stumbled upon an established trail. We just followed it until, out of the blue, we found ourselves standing in front of Lake Yambo. Whoa, it was a big surprise.
|And so we reached Lake Yambo|
|a closer look at Lake Yambo|
|trail head to Mt. Mabilog via Sulsugin|
This unexpected traverse made my 30th mountain truly a memorable one.
Done with my 30th mountain
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Special thanks to Coby Sarreal and Pinoy Mountaineer.
I also joined Trail Adventours' Pulag climb. You may also want to check it out.