Marikina – Infanta Highway via the Sierra Madre Mountains now open to vehicular traffic albeit Dangerously so

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We started the new year 2010 January 1 with a bang. We checked in to a Pranjetto Hills cottage, 51 kilometers from White Plains in Quezon City via Cogeo. In the morning as we were checking out we asked the hotel lady if the new road towards Infanta, Quezon Province was open to vehicular traffic, she said a most definite yes, her friend who is a fish dealer just passed by the new road.

Oh yes, it was time for an adventure. I got my wife to agree, we thought infanta was just 1 hour away. But it turned out to be 3 hours away with the land slide riddled roads, narrow roads which you could fall off cliffs and rough un-cemented un-paved roads. Ondoy did a lot of damage up in these mountains too.

The view was just majestic, awe inspiring, this is one trek no tour operator has come up with yet. We were one of the first civilians to go through the road… because it is unfinished. And it is dangerous. Do not attempt this when it is raining, the roads may get muddy in some parts. Your vehicle must be in tip top shape, a lot of dead cell phone spots, even with Smart the nationwide network. Travel only during daylight, there are no street lights.

It is sparsley populated though, families have sprung up. Maybe women who like construction workers formed families and lived in the mountains and gave birth and raised children. This project has gone on too long. They say from president Marcos times.

There were military soldiers. One even nicely asked us where we were going. He saw a family man with a wife and kids and a nannie. Nope, no rebel soldiers in this van. We took a Toyota Innova.

And after an almost 3 hour trek, we made it. Awesome! We were in infanta after 75 kilometers from Pranjetto Hills. So if you are coming from White Plains, the whole trip to Infanta via the new Marikina – Infanta road is some 126 kilometers. I bet if the roads were paved you can make the trip in 2.5 hours. Maybe before the end of this year the roads will be all paved.

We took pictures! Yeah. Majestic end of the trip you see the river ending up in the Pacific ocean. What a sight. On the way back, we took the normal route via Antipolo town proper as I saw that after lunch the clouds were descending upon the mountains. Don’t want to drive in that cloud cover. Too risky. In my first scouting clouds did come down and my visibility was reduced to just 40 feet.

In Infanta I got some fishy souvenirs. Bought a full styrofoam container of freshly caught fish and put ice in it. Yummy fresh. And cheap too.

What a way to start the year! Happy New Year 2010!

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  1. Rene Ybardolaza says

    This is good news indeed. Do you pictures you can post? How many kilometers to you think is still dirt? Thanks.

  2. Ariel Garcia says

    Oh yes! finally…a dream come true!!! The long and winding road of Marikina-Infanta road has finally come to reality.

  3. Akino says

    Ask k0 lng pan0 pumunta ng Infanta kung dadaan jan sa bagong highway? Magmu2la ak0 sa Camarin Road Caloocan City?

  4. Vic says

    did you pass by the Magnetic Hill??? It was a scary experience as our car was being pulled by the mountain. Good thing we did not get hurt.

  5. says

    Hey the next time you are going thinking of going to a mountain. You should check out one of the higest mount in Asia it is called Moun Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu witch is the city here the mountain is a very beautiful place. They have may wildlife sanctuary and also wild life reserves. If you on a budget there is many budget hotel in kota kinabalu. So I would really suggest you make Malaysia your next mountain spot.

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  7. tv patrolers says

    gawa na ba talaga yan kalsada na ayn? baka naman napunta lang sa mga raket ang pondo para dyan

  8. rye says

    very nice road…I think it’s already 99% concrete…medyo delikado lang pag umuulan sa part ng infanta area…kung ok naman ang weather, ok na ok i drive ang road na ito.

  9. JOB S. MENDOZA says

    PWEDE NA BA DUMAAN UNG VAN OR ADVENTURE GLS SPORTS..SA MARIKINA INFANTA ROAD NGAYON JUNE 2012? KASI GUSTO KUNG MA SURE KUNG PASABLE NABA TALAGA SA MGA VAN.?SALAMAT..

  10. JOB S. MENDOZA says

    ANG TAGAL NA NYAN NA PWEDE NA DAW DAANAN BKA MGA MOTOR LANG ANG KASYA KASI LAHAT NG MGA NABALITAAN KO LAHAT MOTOR LANG.ANO TALAGA ANG LATEST DYAN SA DAAN NA YAN..ANONG SASAKYAN TALAGA ANG PWEDE O KASYA NA DUMAAN SA MARIKINA INFANTA ROAD NGAYON JUNE 2012??..

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