Mt. Palay-palay or popularly known as Pico de Loro to most hikers, is one of the most famous mountains in the Philippines. With its distance from Manila, many nature lovers visit this mountain every weekend. Due to its popularity, the number of visitors reached around 800-1,000 per day on a weekend which caused traffic to the trails of Pico de Loro. Most of them patiently wait on the line just experience climbing atop of the mountain’s monolith.
Just few months ago, there are rumors that the mountain will be closed to hikers soon, and now, it is scheduled to undergo rehabilitation this coming October 1, 2016 and there’s no definite date on when the mountain will be available again to hikers.
I visited Mt. Pico de Loro a week before the actual closing, together with some friends. It was indeed a exhilarating experience climbing this mountain. The shady trail going to the top of the mountain makes the hike less tiring because it blocks the heat of the sun. The rich vegetation gives us cooler feel while trekking.
It was named Pico de Loro mainly because of its Parrot’s beak like rock formation when you view it from a far. On top of the summit, you can see the view of Mt. Marami and other neighboring mountains of Cavite and Batangas. It took us 2-3 hours to reach the summit and another 2 hours back to the jump off.
I am hoping that when Mt. Pico de Loro reopens again to the public, they will limit the number of hikers that can climb each day so that they can still preserve the beauty of the mountain. I am also hoping that those people who are going to visit the mountain will be responsible in every action they are doing and also practices the principles of LNT.