Buntot Palos (Eel's Tail), also known as The Hidden Falls. Found inside a grand rock-walled covered with forest thus the term Hidden best describe the place.
Situated in Brgy. Balian, Pangil Laguna, the place can be reached either via Tanay, Rizal route or Fami, Laguna.
Reaching the falls may requires 2 to 3 hours trek, good thing that I was with my friends who's into mountain hiking and we were able to cut the hike for about an hour and a half.
The jumpoff starts from an Outpost with concrete path up to Nissy's resort then muddy trail (specially during rainy season) all the way to the Falls. Few ascents to gradual trail leading to the campsite, which is about 5 - 10 minutes above the Falls' catch basin.
Reaching the catch basin has 2 routes, a full descent or via the easy trail. Full descent trail is faster however it will require good hands & feet coordination due to slippery terrain.
The Falls measures about 80 ft high and during rainy season, strong current is expected. The view was indeed breathtaking.
I had a chance to stay as close as possible to the portion where the water drops however due to strong current I was not able to reach the undercutting.
The basin has its deepest portion near the plunge as most falls are however the question on how deep has not yet been identified (info from our guide).
One can visit the brink and I've read few blogs that featured rappel activity, hoping I could try it in the future.
Buntot Palos, a gem of Laguna......... a falls worth visiting.
Security is in question within the area since few occurrences of hold up were reported.
Even Kagawad Nick Valente cautioned us, they are aware of such incidents however Buntot Palos is accessible by other nearby barangays too that is beyond their jurisdiction.
Securing a Guide is a good help. The guide assigned is a member of the Brgy. Patrol equipped with radio and is actively connected to the Barangay.
Though the trail was well established however for first timers, I suggest to secure a Guide not just for protection from bandits but because few other small trails leading to other parts (farms, village, etc.) and their are no trail signs too.
For wash up, Nissy's Resort is the perfect option and located just at the end of the concrete trail.
They charge 25.00 pesos for bathroom/shower use while 50.00 pesos for pool with shower.
How to Get There
Via Tanay Rizal
1. At Chowking Edsa Central, ride a Jeepney bound for Tanay Rizal.
2. Ride another Jeep bound for Siniloan, Laguna.
3. From Siniloan Public Market, Ride a Tricycle
Note: Going back to Manila: from the Outpost, hike all the way to Church and ride a jeep (9.00 pesos) bound for Siniloan. Inform the driver your drop off would be the Public Market.
From the Public Market, you may choose a jeepney going Tanay Rizal or bound to Junction (I think it's the Cainta Junction) then ride another jeep bound to EDSA Central.
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