Trail Chronicles #9: Pintong Bukawe

We first discovered these wooded trails way back in 2009 when me and running buddy June Santiago were first enthused into trail running. Tucked behind the sprawling Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, it stretches far north-west to Wawa in Rodriguez and Calawis in Antipolo on the east side.

Last week-end, June and i re-visited the place as we retraced the route of last year’s Merrell Trail run, only– we did the reverse of the route and ran other outlying trails that were not used in the original course. The endless kilometers of trails and rough roads leads you with a beautiful stretch of untouched surroundings and will find you gasping from an overdose of the place’s delightful scenery.

The richly forested trail has an elevation gain of about 446 meters. We started off near Camp Sinai and worked our way to a gentle descent down the main river. It’s a moderate trail, not too hilly at most and crosses the river several times.

These are not well-trodden trails but any beginner in trail running should enjoy some of the most beautiful and untouched landscape San Mateo has to offer. Regular trail runners are constant visitors to this place and it’s easy to do a regular 10k up to 50k if you’re among enthusiasts of ultra trail running.

I’m leaving you with our pictures from this trail run adventure. Enjoy!

At the entrance trail to Mt. Sinai

One of the few eateries at Mt. Sinai

A cow blocks our path

This is what we call the albino tree trail

Overlooking the Sierra Madre mountain range

Finally, a glimpse of the river

Cassava plants adorn this river

These 4 year old kids just cross the river instinctively, no hesitations, balancing acts–done in a few seconds! Took us a minute to figure out where to make those steps! 🙂

The kids were now way ahead of us

These delicious-looking grape fruits were all over the place

Selfie and sun block galore!

Running in Pintong Bukawe would not be complete w/o eating at “Giant”. But the “paluto” here has now become over-priced! 😦