San Miguel, Bulacan
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Same with Mt. Manalmon, Mt. Gola is another mountain in Bulacan with an elevation of 150 MASL.
When we arrived at Sitio Madlum's jump-off point after riding a bus from ES Transport at Cubao for almost 1 1/2 hrs. and riding a trike from the drop-off of the bus for almost 45 mins., we were instantly greeted with the nice river of the sitio. We crossed a bridge and instantly went to the baranggay to register.
As we were informed by our guides, Kuya Cano and Kuya Retzel, we can do a twin hike from Mt. Gola to Mt. Manalmon, then back to the brgy. which is the starting point of the spelunking and the area where we can do the monkey bridge crossing to river swimming after. There, there goes our jam-packed itinerary! We paid P10 for the environmental fee.
Our hike to Mt. Gola consisted of different kinda of trails --- from cemented stairs to river crossings, to large boulder passings, to fields that will make you feel like you're Heidi (but not in the Alps), to their famous barbecue trails, because the rocks were color charcoal because the sun's heat in that area was wild and they actually looked like brownies in a hill to very steep rock formations that asked us to do rock climbing / rappelling all in one, the quite east trail was exciting and really enjoyable most especially when you're with a happy, go getter group!
After an hour or so, we finally reached the summit that has a wide area where you can camp out. It was a flat area with such a majestic sight of the whole stretch of the Sierra Madre ranges!
There were different mini levels in the summit wherein you can take nice photos. When you're at the main level, the whole view's a lot bigger. When you go even lower, near the edges, you'll see how far you've gotten from the bottom to the top --- the trees, rivers, the skies, they're all saying hi to you!
We weren't able to stay that long at the summit because the heat's starting to get even wilder so we started trekking down to the very same direction and had our lunch beside the river before going to our next destination, Mt. Manalmon!
On a side note, I loved our 2 guides as they were both informative, kind and they were game with the craziness of our big group! Look for them when you visit the next time! 🏼
PS Guide fee is at P600/group.
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