The Christmas Trees And Trails Of Pintong Bocaue, San Mateo, Rizal

View from Pintong Bocaue

View from Pintong Bocaue

Pintong Bocaue in Sitio Maraat, San Mateo Rizal lies near the boundary of San Juan, Antipolo with views of the vast Sierra Madre mountain range. What makes Pintong Bocaue so distinctive is the presence of Pine trees lined up on both sides of the street from Sitio Maraat all the way to the western entrance of Timberland Heights.

The pine trees are reminiscent with those of Baguio City only that the trees here in Maraat are short, dwarf-like and much younger than their counterparts in the original city of pines. Running partner June and I started our run from the El Dorado Commissary, an over-priced food store cum restaurant where many mountain bikers hang-out during their treks on the numerous trails situated in the area.

The El Dorado Commissary Store

The El Dorado Commissary Store

We ran through the short pine tree-lined main road and from there worked our way into the different trails, passing several stands of flowering bouganvillas and calachuchis, acacia trees and mountain vines. The air was a bit foggy with low clouds covering the tips of the mountains. The trails were wet and soggy so we had to abandon some of them in favor of the drier footing of the main road. With the recent typhoon that hit most of Luzon, this is probably not a great time to be running on trails.

Starting the run on the wet road

Starting the run on the wet road

Running past dwarf pine trees

Running past dwarf pine trees

June, on the foggy street ahead

June, on the foggy street ahead

"Christmas trees" on the sides

"Christmas trees" on the sides

Entering a trail

Entering a trail

Threading thru soggy ground

Threading thru soggy ground

Going inside the trail

Going inside the trail

30 minutes into the run

30 minutes into the run

Into a wooded area

Into a wooded area

Slowing down while passing a wet area

Slowing down while passing a wet area

June is way out front

June is way out front

Paved trail going to Timberland west

Paved trail going to Timberland west

5k into the run

5k into the run

Wet and windy

Wet and windy

The road was all to ourselves

The road was all to ourselves

Nice greenery

Nice greenery

The view on our right

The view on our right

June with school children who had to walk for 4kms to reach school. We would meet them again on our way back as their classes have been suspended due to the storm

June with school children who had to walk for 4kms to reach school. We would meet them again on our way back as their classes have been suspended due to the storm

Our turn-around point. This trail head was the entrance to Timberland but because of the muddy terrain, we cancelled our run here for next time

Our turn-around point. This trail head is the entrance to Timberland but because of the muddy terrain, we canceled our run here for next time

Heading back

Heading back

The long and winding road

The long and winding road

Wind and drizzle

Wind and drizzle

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Another scene

Another scene

Running past the scenery

Running past the scenery

Looking at a trail on my right

Looking at a trail on my right

The trail i was looking at

The trail i was looking at

Entering the trail

Entering the trail

Running on soft ground

Running on soft ground

Emerging from the forest

Emerging from the forest

This farm-resort offers not "bed and breakfast" but "trails and breakfast!"

This farm-resort offers not "bed and breakfast" but "trails and breakfast!"

So we check-out the resort

So we check-out the resort

Welcome sign of the Pestano's Ecological Sanctuary

Welcome sign of the Pestano's Ecological Sanctuary

Entrance to the Pestano sanctuary

Entrance to the Pestano sanctuary

Enough of the trails. It was time for us to eat!

Enough of the trails. It was time for us to eat!

An enjoyable run inspite of the wet terrain, capped off with a hefty breakfast of eggs with onions, spam, fried rice and piping hot coffee. Thanks to June!