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Tagaytay Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

The trail starts out pretty steep and narrow, with three or four hair pin turns. Then it picks up a ridge line and alternates between steep drops and flatter sections. Some sections are deeply gullied and quite narrow, but with a minimum of loose baby heads. The bottom half can be done fast with sweeping bermed turns, except for one stretch where the trail is about two feet wide and six feet deep, dropping into a rocky section with two hairpins. Plenty of small stumps hidden in the weeds. Credit for finding the trail I think goes to Neil and Ricky. They clean the whole thing, I do about 5 endos. The total ride takes less than an hour if you ride the whole thing, and there is an optional 15 km dirt road grind back up to pavement or you can hire a jeepney for P 500.
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Trail Directions
South Super Highway from Manila to Exit 40, Santa Rosa. Go to the top pf the volcanic ridge and turn right. Pass through the traffic circle after 4 km, then through the town of Tagaytay proper. About 7 km after look for the entrance to a desrted housing development in the right with fake Greco-Roman style columns. Park there and ride down the road 1 km until you get to a house with a yellow wall and a silver water tank perched up high in the air. Follow the little trail along the wall as it drops straight down the inside of the caldera.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tagaytay, Philippines
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dixden , from Baguio City

Summary:
The ride was so great. you can have the experience of a great downhill action. Inate technical knowledge brings out its best for you. trees will cover you from heat at some areas and small cliffs brings you quite an adventure. Drop are just right and safe, just don't forget to wear your safety gudgets. Bring the best traction tire and you'll enjoy a smoother ride. Tagaytay provides a variety of combinations depending on the moderation you want. Big drops and small once are all waiting for you to have action and create marks from your tires. I may suggest a tire at least 2.5" for excellent ride. AND, bring cash for your ride back, unless you are willing to ride your equipted bike back home.

Recommended Route:
Start from the top where everybody hit the trail. Look for some experienced rider to orient you with the place and try to ride your first ride with them atleast the first time. This is a 1hr-2hr ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
try to get lost and you'll enjoy.



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Review Date
September 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: higuita

Summary:
unfortunately theyre making some parts of it into a road! during the rainy season the mud that the roadwork churned up gets particularly nasty. disc brakes or stay home kind of mud/epoxy conditions. and dont forget your protective gear... veeeery good investment. p.s. approach cows with caution :)

Recommended Route:
awesome trail. really good stuff. technical and scenic.



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Review Date
December 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mel a.k.a. Jekyll , from New Jersey / Tagaytay

Summary:
check out http://www.community.webshots.com/user/guypineda

Recommended Route:
Can't wait to try mtbking in my homeland of the Philippines. I hope the reviews are accurate. I'll write a review after I ride there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
RINGWOOD STATE PARK, Ringwood, New Jersey (USA)



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Review Date
April 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Ram , from Manila

Summary:
This trail just gets sweeter and sweeter! First couple of runs we did were pretty rough, it being a new trail and all. Lots of loose rocks and roots that jut out, ready to snag your pedals and throw you over the bars. But the trail is amazingly smooth now. It's possible to ride the entire trail without putting your foot down (except for some short climbs which you'll probably hike up). The hairpins in the deep gulleys are very smooth, with the walls acting as berms you can just slide your way through the s-turns. Sweet ride! Probably the only thing that sucks about this trail is the ride back up to Tagaytay. Hiring a jeep costs around P600 and the climb is a dirt-churning, throat-choking ride. Bring a small towel, shirt or face mask to keep from breathing in dust. It's a good 45 minute ride so be prepared for the bumps.

Recommended Route:
Directions to trailhead are right on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
A little exploring will reward riders with a new trail each time. Just start riding early in the morning so if you get lost, you have time to make your way back to a familiar trail and onto a main/paved road.



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Review Date
February 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: scatcat , from manila

Summary:
First time we rode this trail was uphill--went down the ridge on the Villa Dionisia dirt road but got lost on the way up with Ricky and Brian. We were bogging by the time we were at the halfway point (which we didn't know then) since the trail was full of slick rocks and steep chutes. But went back with the Ricky and Neil and took it downhill this time. Sweet! I consider myself a beginner, though, and this is not a trail for beginners! Experienced riders, yes. Guys who hop onto the saddle every month or so should bring all the pads they could get their hands on. I was glad I took mine with me--crashed 5 or 6 times on the way down, some due to the overgrowth that hides the trail and some due to protruding rocks and tree roots. The bottom section of the trail is really a rush! Smooth berms that could be taken without braking, but not before you realize it's an S-turn and you end up on the other side of the berm in a 20 foot ravine! Very good for experienced riders. Even better learning experience for beginners like me! So when do we go again Ricky!?

Recommended Route:
The empty housing area is easy to find. There's a large lot out front where the guards let you park your car. The ride to the trailhead is a short downhill "burn". The trail entry is lined by a barbed wire fence so caution is the bottom line.



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