Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA: 14°45′20.7′′ N, 121°10′38.2′ 252 MASL (+210m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3.5 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (Paniki Trail), Trail class
1-4 with limestone scrambling
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Wawa
Yet another hiking destination in Rodriguez, Rizal is Mt. Sipit Ulang in Brgy. Mascap. This mountain, which literally means “crab’s claw”, is named after the claw-like rock formation at its pinnacle. Like many of the newly-discovered mountains in Rizal, Mt. Sipit Ulang features limestone trails and spectacular scenery at the top.
The mountain has two trails. The premiere – and relatively new – trail is called the Paniki Trail, named after the bats that dwell inside the cavernous structures under its rock formations. This very rocky trail features cave-like passages which require a bit of scrambling and some acrobatics on the part of the hiker, but is surprisingly well-conceived, with a ladder in tow in one of its most exciting parts. This is our recommended ascending trail, taking 2-3 hours to reach the top.
At the summit, the highlight is a view of the three rocky mountains of Wawa: Hapunang Banoi, Pamitinan, and Binacayan. Mt. Ayaas looks more proximate – there is actually a trail from Brgy. Mascap that goes to Mt. Ayaas! So it is very possible to do Sipit Ulang first, Ayaas next, then traverse to Wawa to do its three mountains the next day for a five-mountain weekend!
A much easier trail is the Banayad (Easy) Trail, a shorter route which avoids the rocky parts and goes straight to the summit. A traverse, going up Paniki and descending down the Banayad Trail, is recommended. Sidetrip possibilities include a visit to the multi-level Payaran Falls, while guides speak of many other outdoor destinations waiting to be discovered.
STARTSun January 14, 201802:00 AM
ENDSun January 14, 201806:00 PM
MEETING PLACEMcDonald's, United St. Cor Edsa, Mandaluyong, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines
REQUIRED DOWNPAYMENT₱600.00/ Person
14 slots left!
WHAT TO BRING
Private RT Van
Cap or scarf
Trail Food or Snacks
2 liters water
poncho / rain coat
0230 ETD to Montalban
0500 ETA Brgy Mascap. Register
0530 Start Trekking (via Paniki trail)
0900 ETA Summit
1000 ETD to Payara falls, Lunch at Payaran falls, Bonding
1200 Descent (via Banayad Trail)
1400 ETA jump Off, Wash Up / Tidy up
1600 Uwi uwi din Teh