4 Mountain Bike Trails Around Metro Manila
Written By: Sean
February 28, 2017
In the Philippines, steel tubes are not only essential part of any vehicle but for any kind of bicycle, too. Bicycles should have the quality parts to be have an optimum performance. Owning the best quality bike will urge you to conquer even the most difficult trail. Thinking of going out with your beloved bike? Here are some of the breath-taking biking trails around Metro Manila that you might want to try.
La Mesa Nature Reserve (Quezon City)
The La Mesa Nature Reserve is considered as the last remaining rainforest inside Metro Manila. Apart from hiking trails, the protected area also has a biking trail. This trail is relatively easy, making it a great place for beginner bikers to practice. There is a charge of 200PHP per person to bike through La Mesa, but this money is used to maintain the trail and reforestation of the La Mesa.
Timberland (San Mateo, Rizal)
If you are up for a more challenging terrain, try conquering the famous “The Wall” and “Shotgun” of the Timberland in San Mateo, Rizal. The Wall is known for its steep grade, stretching for about two or more kilometers. On the other hand, the notorious Shotgun offers mountain bikers a tougher slope and even longer stretches. After the grueling ride, you will be rewarded by a view of Metro Manila. Just make sure that you are physically ready before you attempt to conquer these two tough terrains.
Mt. Balagbag (Rodriguez, Rizal)
Mt. Balagbag is already gaining popularity amongst hikers because of its yellow grasslands (which resemble those found in Mt. Pulag), breathtaking views at the summit, and an easy trail that’s perfect for beginners. Its beautiful terrain is perfect not only for hikers but for bikers as well.
However, it’s not as easy a road to go biking in, and will definitely be a challenge for beginners to intermediate mountain bikers. At some point of the trail you’ll need to carry or push your bike to be able to continue to the summit. When you finally reach the top, you will be rewarded by the view of the mountains in Rodriguez.
Tip: try to start as early as you can so that you can get a glimpse of the cotton candy-like sea of clouds.
Sta. Ines (Tanay, Rizal)
In Rizal, Tanay is not only famous for many mountain climbers around the country but for bikers as well. One of the most beautiful biking spots in the province is the remote barangay of Sta. Ines.
The terrain going to Sta. Ines is composed of long roads, segments of big boulders, and tough river crossings, which will challenge not only the beginners but the expert bikers, too. It will all be worth it though as those who persevere will be rewarded with stunning views of the Sierra Madre and the luscious forest, making your biking experience just a little more endurable. In the midst of Sta. Ines’ forest is the Kinabuan Falls, one of the purest waterfalls in Rizal, which serves as a perfect resting spot for exhausted bikers.
Biking is definitely a healthy and rewarding hobby. Before you head out to these beautiful destinations, make sure that you are physically fit and that your bike is in its best condition.