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.
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.
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!