A traverse hike of Mt. Cinco Picos (or literally, Five Peaks), in combination with the secluded Silanguin Cove at the end of its trail is among those popular Zambales mountain-sea destination.
Saturday - February 8, 2014
As we were all yearning for a quick weekend beach trip, Team Tramping Philippines and I, decided to go to Silanguin cove via Cinco Picos, since none of us have ever done it. Sa totoo lang, matagal na naming pinaplano umakyat ng Cinco Picos, but for some reasons, lagi na lang nauudlot. Finally, now, it pushed through.
Aboard Victory Liner bus, we left Manila as early as 12 midnight, and reached Olongapo at around 2 o'clock in the morning. Then from there, we traveled to the jump-off point at Sitio Cawag in Subic to meet with Chieftain Jimmy. By the way, there's no available public transpo to Sitio Cawag in the wee hours of Saturday, so Agnes prearranged a jeepney service for the team.
Never hike a Zambales mountain at the height of the day. That's the lesson we learned from hiking Mt. Balingkilat and Mt. Pundaquit in the past. If you would back read our experiences in these mountains, you'll learn how these mountains live up to their "sobrang init abot singit" reputation. Naiisip ko pa lang, init na init na ako.
Having this in mind, we began hiking as early as 3 o'clock in the morning. Talagang main goal namin sa hike na ito ay ang matakasan ang init ng araw. Thankfully, the trail was mostly straightforward, has only a few river-crossings and with very minimal assaults. To cut the story short, our night trek was fairly easy. Also, the absence of day light kept us more focused on trekking, thus a quicker pace.
And just as the sun begins to rise, the recognizable peaks of Cinco Picos were right there in front of us.
|First photo of the day. Welcome to Mt. Cinco Picos.|
|Mt. Balingkilat at the background|
From the rolling grassy slopes, it took us less an hour to reach the first of the five peaks of Cinco Picos. Cool sea breeze coming from the West Philippine Sea, as well as the view of the much awaited Silanguin Cove are the best things I remember when we set foot at Peak 1.
|Genuine laughter at Peak 1 of Cinco Picos|
When we carried on with our hike, I was surprised we're already descending the mountain towards Silanguin Cove. From what I know, we still had to pass through Peak 2 before taking the final descent. I asked our guide about this only to find out that no one has ever reached any of the peaks beyond Peak 1. All of the previous Cinco Picos hikes only reached Peak 1.
Anyway, we continued marching towards Silanguin cove, following the single visible descending trail. The trail is open all the way, and there was no potable water source encountered. Kaya imaginin mo na lang kung sakaling nag-trek kami sa katirikan ng araw.
|Rolling hills en route to Silanguin Cove|
|Ayun ang aming patutunguhan|
|Looks near, yet still too far.|
|Panoramic shot of Mt. Cinco Picos|
|konting tiis na lang.|
The moment we escaped the talahiban area, lo and behold, the grand prize Silanguin Cove.
|Paradise at the end of the hike.|
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