Day Hike and Dip at Mt. Mamara and Tinipak River | Rizal

We were locked up on summiting Mount Daraitan on this beautiful sunny day. However, while fueling up with a hot bowl of lomi at Brgy. Daraitan, a guide from the tourism office suggested Mt. Mamara. “The hike is easier but the view is equally spectacular as in Daraitan” he told us in Tagalog. While I was silently considering his advice, I waited for my friends Christine and Ferdz’ decision if we would take a vote on what mountain to day-hike. There was silence—except for the sound of our slurping—for a few seconds before Christine made a final decision for our group, “Mt. Mamara it is then”.

Marky Ramone Go standing on top of Mt. Mamaru
On top of the 1,200 feet plus Mt. Mamaru

Ferdz agreed instantly. I said yes immediately. I guess, we are all up for an easier day-hike that day.

Chill Hike atop Mt. Mamara

I have never been to Mt. Daraitan—the slightly taller brother of Mamara—and would have welcomed the chance to scale it that day. But the option to enjoy a more relaxed hike presented itself and we grabbed it as we all just want a dose of the great outdoors. Plus, what I’m looking forward the most, is the after-hike dip at Tinipak River.

Marky Ramone Go crossing the Tinipak River

According to our guide, they plotted the trail to Mamara and opened it to visitors as an alternative hiking destination whenever Daraitan reaches its daily carrying capacity of 300 hikers per day.

Which is a good thing if you ask me. Having more than one option will thinly spread out climbers and lessen the footprint on the hiking trails.

Marky Ramone Go

We started on a brisk pace under the glow of the 9AM sun along a rocky dry river bed leading to a couple of stream crossings. After half an hour, we finally reached the foot of the mountain and started our assault on the steep trail. While it was an exhausting path, our guide assured us it won't take a couple of hours to get to the top and that we should proceed on a more relaxed manner.

Decreasing our speed, we found more time to regale at the beautiful nature enveloping Mamara. The assorted foliage reveals a variety of flowers, plants, trees and insects. This came as no surprise as the peaks here including Daraitan and Mamara signals the start of the Sierra Madre mountain range—where some of the country's best flora and fauna can be found.

A Mountain Sitting on Three Provinces

Our guide also pointed out a fascinating fact to us. Mt. Mamara sits between three provinces. "Where we started is in Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal, while where we are now is in Siniloan, Laguna while the river you will cross later is already General Nakar, Quezon"

So if my phone’s GPS can talk, it would voice out confusion as to where we are that moment. After more hurried and big steps going up, we finally reached the peak of Mt. Mamara—in just under two hours.

Drenched in sweat, I immediately felt the cool winds almost lulling me to sleep. Our guide once again told us another cool trivia. “We called it Mamara as a shortened term for Mara-mara, which in local term means ‘windy’” he told us in Tagalog.

Marky Ramone Go atop Mt. Mamaru

True indeed, feeling the breeze as I drink my water became a wonderful feeling. “This is why I’ve to wake up at 4am earlier” I told myself. As we rested and stared at the magnificent view of the Tinipak River threading a patch of greens towards the Sierra Madre mountain range, the three of us congratulated each other for finally pushing through with this day-hike plan—although we are missing a fourth member: Celine.

Christine Fernandez and Ferdz Decene Daraitan
With Christine and Ferdz
There was a protruding slab of edgy rock formations by the edge of the peak, where our guide pointed to us as the best spot to take a photograph. After taking some pictures, we stayed at the peak for about an hour before deciding to go down. 

Taking a Dip at Tinipak River

It took us a faster time going down as we opted to traverse to the other section of Mamara to exit the side of Tinipak River. After only an hour, we were already hopping from one giant boulder to the next, with the blue-green waters of the River streaming below our feet.

Levy Amosin
River sweet Tinipak River
We settled on the river bed fronting the shallow part of Tinipak. Staying away a couple of hundred meters from a prenuptial pictorial happening along the banks. The cool waters of Tinipak River was just what the Nature doctors ordered, as my cramping legs found relaxation under it.

An hour of just dipping my body soothed my ageing muscles and body joints. By the time we packed up and left the river, I feel re-energized as only the great outdoors can do to my body. As we walk away enjoying the nature scenery, I told myself to find time for more day-hikes such as this in the future.

Koryn Iledan
Finally, a refreshing dip without Nestea Iced Tea