Photo © PACKERS
Our entry point was at Brgy. Luquin, San Pablo City and the first half of the trail was more of gradual terrain and from time to time we passed by some farm.
Our target for Day 1 was to reach the campsite that can cater around 17 participants. While inside the forested area, the trail is no longer visible and from time to time our guide need to advance to look for the right path.
I think it is a good indicator that since the trail is no longer visible, it means less impact was made due to strict policy imposed by the DENR and let nature slowly rehabilitates itself.
No trail pictures on Day 1...... I was tired..
Mountains seen from this side of the Trail
The sun was shining brightly however the temperature was too cold for mid morning. We stopped for a while and started boiling hot water for coffee as the group can no longer tolerate the cold temp., I even used my extra socks as mittens while waiting for the coffee.
Walking along the ridge of Mt. Banahaw's crater, we witnessed how beautiful the Mountain was. The crater is covered with Trees, lots of it.
Photo © PACKERS
Reaching the 3 Dungaws could be dangerous because from each point, one has to pass the open ridge trail of the crater.
From Unang dungaw, we witness how the clouds enveloped the ridge and hide it from us.
Trail along the Ridgewhile waiting for the team
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I lost track of time and unable to remember the trail we followed, as far as I can remember we had a fast paced decent because we need to reach Dolores before night falls or at least before 8:00pm.
last jellyace for breakfast
We gathered around at the Dead River and slept inside our sleeping bag.
We cannot pitch our tent because the place was purely limestone and no space for camping anywhere while Sir Onin's team gathered some stagnant water and boiled for drink. So eSleep it was.... slept inside our sleeping bag.
After hearing some dogs barking from a far, I felt relieved. Finally we're near a barangay or sitio.
The place looks familiar..... yes, we were at Brgy. Dolores in Quezon. The Kinabuhayan river, the sacred place. The place where I we took a deep after the Mt. Cristobal hike I had.
Seldom visited, this Banahaw traverse was indeed a hike worth remembering.... thanks for the invite Sir Onin,