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Mt. Ayaas: A Day Hike Escape from Manila

Updated: Apr 13

Are you a Manila-based hiker looking for a challenge close to the metro? Mt. Ayaas, nestled in the province of Rizal, is a fantastic option for a day trip packed with adventure and stunning views!



What Makes Mt. Ayaas Special

Mt. Ayaas won't disappoint if you're into varied terrain. Here's what you can expect during your hike:

  • Lush Forest: Traverse a beautiful forest trail adding a touch of nature to your adventure.

  • Grasslands and Summit Views: The final ascent takes you through exposed grasslands with sweeping panoramas of the Sierra Madre mountain range.


Difficulty and Preparation

Mt. Ayaas is rated as a moderately difficult hike (4/9 difficulty). Be prepared for a good workout with some steep climbs. Here's a packing checklist:

  • Hiking shoes with good grip

  • At least 2 liters of water

  • Snacks and trail food

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)

  • Rain jacket (weather can be unpredictable)


How to Get to Mt. Ayaas from Manila

  1. Public Transportation:

  • Take a van from Cubao or Antipolo to Brgy. San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal.

  • From Brgy. San Jose, hire a tricycle to take you to the jump-off point in Brgy. Mascap.

  1. Private Vehicle:

  • Search for the Mt. Ayaas jump-off point in Brgy. Mascap on your preferred map app. There is limited parking space available.



Important Notes

  • Register at the Brgy. Mascap barangay hall and secure a guide (mandatory).

  • Start your hike early to maximize daylight hours.

  • Practice Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the mountain's beauty.


Ready for the Challenge?

Mt. Ayaas is a fantastic option for Manila hikers seeking a diverse, challenging, and rewarding day trip in nature. With preparation and enthusiasm, you'll conquer its trails and return home energized and inspired!



Let's Connect!

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Let me know if you'd like additional details, such as budget estimates or more specific transportation tips!

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