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May 12, 2018

Mt. Arayat Traverse. Perception of a mountain can change.

Ever since I came back to climbing, from memory there are 2 mountains I had been avoiding.  

  • Mt. Tapulao-  located in Zambales, the summit of this mountain is near a mine. And trail created was for mining trucks. The trail is full of stones and pebbles, which I am not fond of.  
  • Mt. Arayat - the sole mountain in Pampanga. The place is infamously known for fees from swindlers. And this mountain is not properly regulated. 

But a few years back, Arayat slowly earned the right to be called a good hiking destination. The DENR took control and now has a base in the foot of the mountain.

Having said so, a few months ago I finally took the "courage" to give it a try. 

The mountain can actually be put as a combination of Tarak ridge and Mount Makiling as the trail resembles the similarity of both. The trail  is very dry (not sure if its because it's summer) or else the trail is more like  Mt. Makiling. The trail is very straight forward, if not for the DENR requirement, you may forgo hiring the guide. Main points for interest are North and South peak and the White Rock plateu. It took us around 9-10 hours to complete the traverse on a moderate pace. 

I was actually amazed that I loved the place. The trail was totally covered that you dont need much of sun protection except near the exit part of the trail to the other side. 

DENR at jump off (Brgy Magalang). This was jokingly named Brgy Magulang (cheater) by hikers before

Waiting for our Guide

Stations of the cross which pilgrims flock on holy week

Start of the trail

Rest stop

Posing  at White Rock

Tough ladies

MOC (Macquarie Outdoor Club) members

White Rock as seen from North Peak. So thats why its called white rock

Arayat version  of Melkas Ridge of Mt Makiling

A weird insect. Im sure its not a fly

Flat ground of North Peak

Kuya Guide naman eh, bakit hindi sentro?

View from South Peak

North Peak as seen from South Peak. The cellsite antennas are visible
Very nice cloud on shadows

Mt Arayat as seen from our jeepney ride going home.

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