La Mesa Nature Reserve
Quirino Highway, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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I liked it.
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I thought it was OK.
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Had another chance to smash through the gears on my bike this past Saturday!
It's been raining crazy the past few days so I expected the trail to be muddy. It's always difficult when it's muddy. It gets to your tires and at the same time you pedal harder as there's less traction on mud.
But I actually like the mud here compared to Timberland's. The terrain here is mostly composed of soil while Timberland is pure clay. I hate clay. It sticks to you like glue.
Here are some tips whenever you ride on mud:
1. Make sure your tires have well-spaced knobs so that it sheds off mud quickly.
2. Running on low tire pressure gives you more grip.
3. Mud guards are ugly but it really helps prevent mud from sticking to your face.
4. Bring extra clothes. It's going to be dirtyyyyy.
I was with my friends and we had to ride our bikes from our area up to La Mesa Nature Reserve.
Total distance (plus la mesa trail) = 70-80km
It was really tiring. It was reaallllyy tiring.
So why 4 stars?
1. I paid 30 pesos for a bike wash. After the wash, I thoroughly checked my bike. There was still mud in some parts of it. Terrible.
2. I crashed. I always crash whenever I ride here. La Mesa hates me
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Okay my sand dunes review is not getting a lot of comments and likes. I'll try my luck on this one.
Not a lot of people are familiar with La Mesa Nature Reserve since most of them know La Mesa Eco Park.
This place is FAR from eco park and it's way different. In eco park, you do picnics, play frisbee, play fetch with your dog, etc.
But for La Mesa Nature Reserve? You do mountain biking
You have to get in touch with the La Mesa folks before going since reservation are required. They'll ask you to pay 1,000 for a group of 5. That includes your own trail guide. And they said that the money will go to La Mesa's maintenance (i do hope so).
BEWARE: the trails here are not for the fainted heart. DO NOT be deceived by the beautiful scenery.
Deep inside the forest are deadly trails. By deadly, I mean even the beginner's course is dangerous. The whole area is composed of downhills, hellish uphills, rocky roads, sand, grass, and mini slopes for jumping.
I got my first ever major crash during a tight hairpin. The stupid tree hit my bike and I fell hard. I almost faceplanted the trunk. Good thing I got good reflexes and was able to use my arms to deflect myself from hitting the tree.
After falling, I got back up quickly. I don't want to be seen as weak and wimpy. The ride must go on
We went on the trails for almost 4.5 hours. It was really tiring and we almost ran out of water.
We were able to reach 4 different rest stations -- which are kilometers away from each other.
Our total distance traveled was around 32km+. The trails are crazy. Make sure to have a good and durable bike when you go here.
But I'll make sure to go back here sooooon!
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