Trail Run : At The La Mesa Ecopark

In our continuing quest of searching for more running routes/trails within the metro, particularly in Quezon City (http://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/running-routes-in-quezon-city/), the La Mesa Ecopark seems to have evaded our radars, although a lot has been said and written about this nature reserve and the bike/running trails that snakes though its greenery.

I’ve always wanted to visit this place, specially the forested area which surrounds the boundaries of the watershed. Many have described it as Metro Manila’s last frontier; some, the lost wilderness¬† in the city.

The chance to visit came last Saturday when the worldwide Earthday Movement was to present a concert at the La Mesa Ecopark, “The World Drum Project 2009″ that same day. The concert featured World Music with drum and percussion beatings and ethno-fusion flavors. Featured artists include Cynthia Alexander, Kontra Gapi, Musikalinangan, Brigada and other percussion ensembles. Being music lovers ourselves, June and I decided to check the music out, but it was the chance to run at the Ecopark that was foremost in our minds.

Located at East Fairview, we traversed along Commonwealth Avenue and turned right on a main street with a signboard on its corner directing us to the park. After passing through residential subdivisions, we finally reached the guard house entrance and proceeded to the parking lot in front of the Ecocenter Building. We started our run at about 6:00am.

Starting our run at the entrance

Starting our run at the entrance

Approaching the pool and the bathouse

Approaching the pool and the bathouse

June, nearing the Shell Flower Terraces

June, nearing the Shell Flower Terraces

Climbing up the stairs going to the reservoir

Climbing up the stairs going to the reservoir. We did stair repeat runs here.

The view from above

The view from above

The fishing wharf

The fishing wharf

Running atop the flower terraces

Running atop the flower terraces

The terrace trail was a bit muddy that morning

The terrace trail was a bit muddy that morning

Flowers in full bloom

Flowers in full bloom

Petron Fitness Trail?

Petron Fitness Trail?

June welcomes you!

June welcomes you!

Start of the Fitness Trail

Start of the Fitness Trail

600 meters inside the trail

600 meters inside the trail

Trail near the Orchidarium

Trail near the Orchidarium

Nearing the butterfly trail

Nearing the butterfly trail

Chirps of birds accompanied our run

Chirps of birds accompanied our run

Deep inside wooded area

Deep inside wooded area

Nearing the loop of the trail

Nearing the loop of the trail

turn-around point

turn-around point

On our way back

On our way back

A little bit of speed play

A little bit of speed play

Posing againts the boulder in suspended animation

Posing against the boulder while levitating

Pausing to listen to the throbing percussions at the nearby concert

Pausing to listen to the throbing percussions at the nearby concert

Taking photos and videos were prohibited near the vicinity of the watershed. Moreso, running within its perimeters were also not allowed but we took a chance when nobody was looking so we sneaked inside and ran on the road facing the reservoir.

Inside the perimeter

Inside the perimeter

The reservoir in background

The reservoir in background

Towards the reservoir

Towards the reservoir

We wanted to reach the mangroves so we sneaked in a different path

We wanted to reach the mangroves so we sneaked into a different path

Nearing the reservoir and the mangrove

Nearing the reservoir and the mangrove

We're there, at last!

We're there, at last!

Nice view

Nice view

View on the right side

View on the right side

Sneaky

Sneaky

One last shot

One last shot

Back from the bushes

Back from the bushes

Over-all, it was an enjoyable first time visit and the trail run was fun! We’ll be back again soon!

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9 responses to “Trail Run : At The La Mesa Ecopark

  1. oh no! absent ako! (am a fan of cynthia alexander too)…nice views, nice trail, nice run! ang galeng! :-)

  2. Thanks, Jaymie. Running in different places makes our sport more interesting, i guess.

    Hey, thanks for dropping by.:-)

    • Hi Sierra. I think it’s different. The Bull Runner was probably at the La Mesa Nature Reserve Forest, a little distant from the La Mesa Eco-Park where the Petron Fitness Trail is located. The Nature Reserve indeed charges P200 per person which provides a guide while the Eco Park charges only about P40-50 per person, no guide provided. The Nature Reserve Forest is bigger has many kms of trails mostly for biking/running.

      Eco-Park is more of a picnic area with a swimming people, mini-zoo, faunas and short trails.

      Hope this helps! :)

      • very helpful sir. plan to make baby steps into trail running via this trail. thank you!

      • I envy those who are discovering trail running for the first time. Hope you enjoy your first baby steps on the trails. :)

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