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Bataan Bonanza

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The trail starts as a farm road, and as long as you stay on the falt plateau you can try a number of different routes, most of which have a view of Mt. Marivales in front of you, Mt. Natib behind you (north), the South China sea and Manila Bay. Several of the trails head up the flank of the volcano, and become washed out, gullied single track as they climb. The only trail that goes all the way to the forest is the one that skirts the edge of the canyon to your left (you are facing south toward the volcano), formed by the river flowing out of this volcano. But most of the trails that head toward the mountain eventually cut over to this main trail - some walking may be required. You can't make a mistake because the wall of the canyon is a natural boundary on your left as you head up the mountain. The main trail enters the forest and becomes a steep downhill descent to the river, where you can find great swimming and crystal clear water. There is no way to ride out, but there is a short cut trail that goes straight back up the canyon - not ridable. You will have better luck hamstering back up the forest trail and back the way you came, picking a different route down to the plateau and your car from the route you took coming up. The terrain is rolling hills with deep grass until you hit the forest. This is essentially a ranch area, hence the name. On all the steep stretches you can pick a technical route or an intermediate route, and there are lots of grippy nicely bermed gullies for dirt surfing. Views are superb. The plateau is very exposed however so watch out for midday sun or lightening storms. If you go to www.adrenalex.net and click on Mountain Biking you will see some photos from that area mixed with photos of Hill 394/Jungle Luge (described above).
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Trail Directions
Take the North Luzon expressway from Manila to exit 66, San Fernando. Head west past the turn off to Subic and down the east coast of Bataan peninsula. Turn right at the sign for Mt. Samat / Bagac. Continue for about 10 km to Barangay San Antonio, and park at the paved left tirn, which turns to dirt after 100 meters - this is the trailhead. Follow this dirt road as it winds its way toward the flank of Mariveles volcano. There are many intersections and not many people, so you ahve to experiemtn, but the basic idea is to head for the mountain.
Trail Length
20 miles (up to you)
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Bagac, Philippines
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Review Date
January 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ramil de Jesus ,  Weekend Warrior

This trail has a bit of everything... cemented roads, excrutiating uphills, challenging downhills, rolling hills, and the views are fantastic!

Recommended Route:
There are various routes you can take as all directions are rideable... the possiblities are endless

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