Running Up Pranjetto Hills (Tanay, Rizal)

As many runners must have had experienced, running is a great way to see a town. One of its joys is to use a run to tour new places and discover its scenic surroundings, rustic ambiance or find a magical path of gorgeous trails amidst the lush greenery of old trees and grazing fields. When time or exhaustion inhibits you from running the best parts of town, one is left wanting to run for more, knowing there are more trails or roads still to be covered so you just console and promise yourself to be back and run those places again soon.

Running the hills of Tanay, Rizal provided another opportunity to re-discover the place as we once again visited the Resort of Pranjetto Hills in Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal last Saturday, April 25. However, instead of starting our run from the resort itself, me and running friend June Santiago asked June’s brother, Charlie, who was driving the tour bus to drop us off at a roadside, 16 kms away from the resort so we could just run the remaining distance on our way to it.

The route itself is a national highway so most of the time, we ran pretty close to the edges of the road which means running alongside herds of cattle and goats. The sun had started to heat up as we started our run at 8:45am.

8:45am is not exactly an ideal time to start a run

8:45am is not exactly an ideal time to start a run

Shades of trees provided a respite from the scorching heat

Shades of trees provided a respite from the scorching heat

June, running along a stretch in Cuyambay town

June, running along a stretch in Cuyambay town

The run started at a town called Cuyambay where a Bureau of Soils and Water Management Research Center is situated. The highway itself hits several high points–which passes through quad-hurting hills and continuously traverses in scenic mountain ranges and forested areas. Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures.

A downhill portion of the highway

A downhill portion of the highway

Bureau of Soils and Water plant/office in Cayumbay. No we had no free water.

Bureau of Soils and Water research plant/office in Cuyambay. No, we had no free water.

Route to the water plant

Route to the water plant

Green foliage everywhere

Green foliage everywhere

This stretch of highway is almost deserted except for the occasional cyclists and motorbikes trekking the area. June, horsing in the middle.

This stretch of highway is almost deserted except for the occasional cyclists and motorbikes trekking the area. June, horsing in the middle.

Clouds offer no help from the heat of the sun

Clouds offer no help from the heat of the sun

True to what the sign says, we were back to running this place

True to what the sign says, "Babalik Ka Rin", we were back to running this place near Barangay Sawa

Passing by a small rock formation

Passing by a small rock formation

A reminder to where we were heading

A reminder to where we were heading

Clouds covering the sun, at last!

Clouds covering the sun, at last!

14 kms into our run, we made a brief stop-over at the Sierra Madre Hotel to drink water and refreshen ourselves

14 kms into our run, we made a brief stop-over at the Sierra Madre Hotel to drink water and refreshen ourselves. Two kilometers to go.

Last hurdle before Pranjetto

Last hurdle before Pranjetto

We arrived at Pranjetto Hills past 11:00am

We arrived at Pranjetto Hills past 11:00am and had a hearty lunch with June's relatives

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5 responses to “Running Up Pranjetto Hills (Tanay, Rizal)

  1. great pictures sir!

    Im eying for this one too. Im looking on it on the wikimapia. I had that idea (from your blog) of running the paragawan trails this morning but its quit a hilly trail and im a exhuasted already cause i ran from caloocan to wawa dam so i did my power walk and heat training there. from wawa i take paragawan to mangahan in montalban walk and jog. that half of the trail to downhill is not in good condition and its hard doing downhills. thanks for sharing the route so hardcores can njoy.

    happy trails,
    gene

  2. Thanks Ronald. Saw some mountain bikers on our way up. If your going to run it, you should start early to avoid the sun’s heat as there’s very little shades on the way.

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