Nature Trails

Cycling off-road gives you a breathtaking experience – literally and figuratively.

Cover Image: Timberland Trail offers cyclists a steep, challenging course that rewards riders with a great view at the peak. (forums.mtbr.com)

The Philippines is a country where a bike is commonly seen running through the streets of every town. Whether the locals use it for transportation, to buy groceries, to get fit or even to make a living, bikes have been a part of the Filipino’s way of life.

Each road in the Philippines may vary from town to town making it more appealing for riders to go out and experience what they each has to offer. As more Filipinos are discovering the joys and thrills of riding their bikes and conquering road after road, there are those who are intrigued by the special and unique cycling experience which they can only get from riding through some of the country’s breathtaking scenic bike routes.

MOUNT ISAROG TRAILS

 

 

The Mount Isarog Bike Trail features a great view of the mountain and beautiful fields. (jovialwanderer.com)
The Mount Isarog Bike Trail features a great view of the mountain and beautiful fields. (jovialwanderer.com)

There is more to Camarines Sur than just wakeboarding and its variety of stunning beaches. In this area in Southern Luzon, most bikers and tourists love coming back to the exciting nature trail around Mount Isarog. The trail takes you through some of the province’s interesting sites such as waterfalls, hot springs and various downhill mountain bike courses.

MAYON VOLCANO TRAILS

A trail for the adventurous, the Mount Mayon Bike Trail is full of sharp turns, high speed bumps and lots of thrills from start to finish. (roughrides.com)
A trail for the adventurous, the Mount Mayon Bike Trail is full of sharp turns, high speed bumps and lots of thrills from start to finish. (roughrides.com) 

What could be more thrilling than to ride through an active volcano with rocks, boulders and hardened lava everywhere? The Mayon Volcano Trail is a course for those brave and adventurous enough to try. It’s an achievement once you’ve conquered this trail and amidst all the obstacles, you’ll be rewarded with a picture perfect backdrop featuring a great view of the landscape with rice paddies and a variety of plantations.

MOUNT BALABAG

 Mount Balagbag Bike Trail is a long bumpy course that will reward you with a breathtaking view at the top. (bulacantrails.blogspot.com)
Mount Balagbag Bike Trail is a long bumpy course that will reward you with a breathtaking view at the top. (bulacantrails.blogspot.com)

At 777 meters above sea level, this mountain in Rizal is one of the longest bike trails that can get pretty extreme. Famous for its rock garden trail, both uphill and downhill terrains have medium to large rocks scattered across the trails forcing you to make lightning quick decisions as you navigate through them. The ride to the top may be challenging but at the same time, rewarding as you are treated to a breathtaking view of the mountain range surrounding Rodriguez and a sea of clouds.

MOUNT MAARAT/ TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS

Timberland Heights Bike Trail is a cycling haven with different areas for different difficulty levels. (forums.mtbr.com)
Timberland Heights Bike Trail is a cycling haven with different areas for different difficulty levels. (forums.mtbr.com)

Found in the Mountain Biking Capital of the Philippines, San Mateo, Rizal, Mount Maarat/Timberland Heights is known as the only International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)-certified trail in the country. With different trails to choose from, this place is a haven for cyclists – one that everyone is looking forward to conquering.

Getting to the area where the entrance to five different zones will already test your endurance since you’ll have to ride through two steep walls. Once there, you’ll find the entrance to various zones with different difficulty levels.

BATANES

 

The Batanes Bike Trail will take you through lush forests, rock formations and seaside routes with a spectacular view. (skyscanner.com.ph)
The Batanes Bike Trail will take you through lush forests, rock formations and seaside routes with a spectacular view. (skyscanner.com.ph)

Batanes features some of the best scenic trails in the country as they have some that will take you over the hills, through rocky formations and even roads beside the sea. The great thing about cycling around Batanes is that you don’t have to be a pro since the trails are mostly paved and there are minimal obstacles along the way. It’s the perfect trail if you wish to escape from the confines of the city with your bike to a serene beautiful town with fresh air.

LA MESA NATURE RESERVE

The La Mesa Nature Reserve Trail is one of the best cycling routes in Manila with its beautifully-preserved tracks that will take you up close with nature. (biketourphilippines.wordpress.com)
The La Mesa Nature Reserve Trail is one of the best cycling routes in Manila with its beautifully-preserved tracks that will take you up close with nature. (biketourphilippines.wordpress.com)

The La Mesa Nature Reserve bike trail is where you can get up close with nature while riding your bike. Trees will be shading you as you go through a trail that’s over 60 kilometers long. The trail features a variety of stops where you can get refreshments, take a break or to appreciate the beautiful view and the nature that surrounds you. For every rider’s safety, a guide will be riding with them as they go along the trail. The entrance fee will be used to preserve not only the trail, but also to preserve and restore the natural beauty of La Mesa. This makes your breathtaking cycling experience in La Mesa a great way to give back to nature at the same time.

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