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Mt. Pinatubo

Philippines

Photos by Ron Pascual

Trail Rating

Moderate

Description

Mt. Pinatubo was a long dormant volcano that exploded violently in 1990 and
briefly affected global weather when it released tons of ash into the atmosphere. The explosion took away 500 feet off the top of the mountain. Mt. Pinatubo is approximately 30 miles north of former US Air Force Base- Clark Field. More...

 

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Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo was a long dormant volcano that exploded violently in 1990 and briefly affected global weather when it released tons of ash into the atmosphere. The explosion took away 500 feet off the top of the mountain. Mt. Pinatubo is approximately 30 miles north of former US Air Force Base - Clark Field.

Mt. Pinatubo Visitor Center Starting Point

We took the route from the province of Tarlac, in the town of Capas, approximately 120 miles north of Manila. The Capas, Tarlac route is the nearest approach if one is coming from Manila. The drive to the trail starts from the bustling town center along the MacArthur Highway (named after Gen. Douglas MacArthur) and turns to a scenic 2 lane paved road running through the different barrios. The pavement ends at the Mt. Pinatubo Visitor Center where 4 wheelers, mountain bikers and hikers register before they make the trek.

Start of Trail

The trail begins shortly after the Visitor Center, this trail is actually the Potrero River. During the last eruption of 1990, tons of lahar ash was expelled by the volcano that eventually found its way through this river. The volcanic eruption also occurred during the rainy season. Fast flowing flash floods and ash mixed together completely covered many barrios down the path of Potrero River. Through several years of rain, wind and erosion, a canyon has formed and the river bed became the trail that is open during the dry season for visitors. The trail has numerous water crossings, from ankle deep to bumper high; is also very sandy and rocky, and has several soft river bank crossings as well. The 4x4 trail ends 20 miles or so into a tight canyon where the 1 hour steep hike up the crater begins.

Description of Photos

We met other members of Land Rover Club of the Philippines (LRCP) at a gas station next to a McDonalds's. There are a couple of Series 2's; a couple of white Defender 110's; a brand new Ford Ranger 4x4 pick-up driven by my brother; and an FJ40 Land Cruiser came along as well. Also we had Steve Toyer (Pic 1241, black shirt) who owns a Land Rover Shop in the UK, on holiday in the Philippines came along with us.

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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