Well, this was the story before Kaybiang Tunnel was completed at the foot of Mt. Palay-Palay.
Upon learning that Kaybiang Tunnel has been passable for quite some time now (it was inaugurated last July 2013), I hastily and excitedly organized a day hike in Pico de Loro. It was actually because of the tunnel that I'm doing a traverse, finally.
Sunday - September 8, 2013
With the new Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal System, we headed to Coastal Mall Terminal early in the morning of a Sunday. We're bound to Ternate, Cavite for a quick traverse dayhike of Pico de Loro. I've hiked the mountain twice, but only now that I'm doing a traverse, so naturally, I am very much excited to see what's waiting for me in there.
|at Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal in Coastal Mall. All the bus bound for Cavite and Southwest Batangas are now stationed here.|
|photo ops muna along the trail to the peak|
|the bamboo forest right before reaching the saddle campsite|
|take 5 muna!|
|Syempre we took the opportunity to take photos as we rest at the saddle campsite. It's here that hikers can see fully and up close the Parrot's Beak|
|the Rock Tower, or famously known as the the Monolith as seen from the summit of the mountain.|
|Mt. Batulao rising above the clouds|
|Mt. Mariveles as well as Corregidor Island, spotted from the summit of Pico de Loro|
|it's easier with the rope. I've experienced climbing it without one.|
|there they are, at the top of the monolith.|
Traverse to Nasugbu
As soon as we finished taking photos and selfies at the rock, we continued with the day's goal—traverse to Nasugbu. We descended the trail found at the foot of the rock tower.
I was surprised that the first few meters of the trail, starting from the foot of the monolith down to the bamboo forest, was overwhelmingly steep or almost vertical. And the loose ground makes it slippery. It was also quite overgrown for the obvious reason that only a few uses this trail.
|the almost vertical trail to Nasugbu which can be easily found to the right of the rock tower.|
|easier trail beyond the bamboo forest|
|end of traverse|
Ever since I heard of Kaybiang Tunnel, my feet itched to visit it. Why is that so? Here are the facts about the tunnel:
• It is currently the longest of its kind in the Philippines. Like how long? Three hundred meters!
• The tunnel was drilled through a chunk of the foot of Mt. Palay-Palay to finally connect the towns of Ternate in Cavite and Nasugbu in Batangas.
• It took 4 years to construct this tunnel.
• With this tunnel, travel time from Nasugbu to Ternate, or vice versa, was significantly cut shorter. Vehicles need not to take the long way round via Tagaytay city.
Now going back to our adventure..
We wanted also to visit Kaybiang Tunnel that day so we decided to return to DENR station. We had 2 options, either we ride a trike back to DENR, or punish ourselves with another 10+ kilometers walk along the highway. The crazy us opted the latter.
|still a long way to go.|
|Pico de Loro's west face as seen from the road.|
|beautiful coastal scenes from the road|
Before we continued back to DENR, we dropped by the tunnel to check it out. I was surprised to see that we're not the only ones being tourists in the tunnel. All the motorists, all the passers by would stop for photo ops. Apparently, the tunnel has evolved into a tourist attraction. cool!
|We rode the tricycle and asked the driver to drop us here. At last, the Kaybiang Tunnel.|
|with all the works still going, obviously, the tunnel wasn't totally complete yet, but it's already open to light vehicles at least by the time we visited.|
Traverse hike of Pico de Loro was completed, at last! May bonus pang visit sa Kaybiang tunnel. Thanks to all who joined this hike!
Read also my previous Pico de Loro hikes in the following links.
1st Pico de Loro
2nd Pico de Loro