This Scenic Spot in Rizal Sits Above a Sea of Clouds
No need for a tiring hike!
If you’ve always wanted to bask in a sea of clouds but you don't want to go on a grueling hike, then this secret spot in Tanay, Rizal, called Treasure Mountain might be your speed. The best part? You can drive all the way to the entrance!
What to Do in Treasure Mountain
Treasure Mountain Educational Campsite is a privately owned property that's a couple hours’ drive from Manila. The destination has become popular for its sea of clouds and the majestic view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.
Treasure Mountain offers a day tour (P150/per head) from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those who just want to see the clouds. According to their Facebook page, the best time to visit the mountain is at dawn—you can catch the sunrise and enjoy the breathtaking views. The sea of clouds is usually visible between 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., although it will depend on weather conditions.
Since it opened in 2017, the campsite has seen various improvements, including its most recent addition: two pools, one for kids ages 10 and below (P100/per head) and one for adults (P150/per head). Their cottages (P350/maximum of 10 people, P550 maximum of 15 people) also offer a serene view of nature.
For more adventurous couples and families, they also have a high ropes obstacle course (P250/per head) with an Instagram-worthy spider-web (P150/per head).
As Treasure Mountain is a campsite, you can stay overnight with the whole family. There's a lodge, which starts at P500 per head (minimum of two guests and a maximum of five guests); a kubo (P3,500/maximum of six guests); or you could rent a tent (P500/two people, P800/four people). If you’d rather not pack food, there’s a restaurant located near the entrance, which offers breakfast choices like silog meals and special orders.
How to get there
There are two routes that you can take going to Treasure Mountain. The first route is via Marcos Highway. You’ll pass Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Resort, Foremost Farms, Palo Alto, and Garden Cottages. The way to Treasure Mountain will be on the left side of the road. Look for a waiting shed, which is the same jump-off as the Maysawa Circuit. From here, you are around 1.5 kilometers away from the site. Just go straight and turn right as you see signage for the campsite.
The other route is via Sampaloc in Tanay. Take Sampaloc Road and pass by the street to Daranak Falls. Go straight until you arrive at a junction and then turn left. Follow the scenic road, which will be around a 45-minute to 1-hour drive. You’ll pass by Sierra Madre Resort on your right, Ten Cents to Heaven on your left, then Pico de Pino on your right. Drive a little further and Treasure Mountain will be on your right side. Turn right when you see the waiting shed and go straight and right as you see the signage for the campsite.
You can also commute to Treasure Mountain using public transportation. Ride a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla. Get off at Gate 2 and ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc, Tanay (the last trip is at 5 p.m.). This will take you to the same route as the Marcos Highway route. Get off at Sitio Maysawa, or at the waiting shed. From there, you may go on a 45-minute walk to Treasure Mountain or wait for a tricycle or habal-habal that you can ride.
Since Treasure Mountain is located in the, well, mountains, the weather can get cold especially during the early mornings and at nighttime. And remember, leave no trace behind—always take your trash with you.
Treasure Mountain Educational Campsite is at Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. For reservations, visit their Facebook page or contact 0917-946 1200.