Hill 394 - Trail, Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines, Asia And Pacific

Hill 394 - Trail, Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines, Asia And Pacific

DESCRIPTION

The climb up from the hospital road feels like hell on wheels. But the view from the top is amazing. Descend the second fire road to the old naval magazine, an area that's off limits to civilians but not to monkeys. Be careful. They've been known to chase strangers. Make your way back up to 394 (the climb isn't as difficult) for the whiplash inducing descent down the first dirt road. Downhillers will rejoice. Experienced riders will play it smart and stay on the brakes. Beginners will start to pray.

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[May 07, 2018]
Toddsss

Strength:

Great nature trail for Hiking, Mountain Bikes, Motorcycles, 4WD, Horses, etc.. I have seen quite a few bird watchers on the trail... (As of 06-May-18 making it to the top (Hill 394) is guaranteed for hikers, Not yet certain about others yet) will post as soon as I can verify.

Weakness:

Help clearing this year has been in short supply; and hindered by a Philippine Pit Viper bite. As of April 1, 2018 there is 2K of Trail / Fire Road, from the road going to George Dewey Hospital, towards Hill 394 that is clear and about another .5K that is passable on Mountain Bike, Motorcycle or Jeep. You can hike the additional 2-3K to the top but it is quite overgrown - Wear long pants and bring a machete. I have been able to hire some help from SBMA Crew on their off day. As of 6-May-18: Trail is clear cut to 3.6K. There is a single tree down that prevents vehicles continuing, but no problem hiking. we got much of the vines and brush cleared before we called it a day. Easy to lift mountain bike over to try to continue. I was unable to scout more than a few hundred feet past the tree but a family group came though while we were working and made it to the top hiking Sunday. Won't be able to work the trail for the next two weeks but still hope to get to the top before rainy season hits.....

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[Apr 17, 2017]
Stuart
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail many times as far back as 15 years ago on my dirtbike with friends. Went up today and it is in great shape to the top of the hill. Unfortunately for me, the trail down the other side toward Morong is not passable on a dirtbike. To many tess fallen across the trail.

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3
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5
[Apr 13, 2017]
Todd Stranczek
Weekend Warrior

Hill 394 is so named because it is the highest point on the fist line of hills off the coast inside SBFZ. It was originally cut and opened by the US military they used the hill for training and helicopter operations. The trail to Hill 394 has essentially been open since November of 2015. I am one of a handful of ex-pats that together with a few locals -cleared the trail and have continued to work and keep it clear since then. A lot of work with local bolos (machete), brush cutters as well as chain saws to clear the fallen trees after storms. Views of Grande Island, Alava Pier and Olongapo can be had from the top. If your planning a hiking, or cycling trip: December through May is usually good - the trail get's impassable during rainy season with the mud; when we can't bet back to work the trail with my old Mitsubishi Military Jeep.
The trail that once continued off the other side of the hill to the bunker has not been cleared - it would be passable only on foot.
I am not a Cyclist so my ratings may be off. I just enjoy working the trail (for therapy). I have seen 100+ Mountain Bikers, 20+ motorcycles, numerous hikers and bird watchers, and a few guys on horses on the trail over the past year and a half while up there working. It takes me about 20 minutes in the old jeep from the road to the top.
Be Safe, Enjoy yourself and please pick up your trash.


Customer Service

Paved road to George Dewey Medical Center - as you round the last curve to the right you will see the old fire road entrance on your left.
about a hundred meters down the road you will notice a Narrow Hiking trail on your left that will take you to Boton Falls. It is very steep and narrow - DO NOT ATTEMPT ON A BIKE!
The old fire road continues to your left and winds along outside the hospital perimeter before turning and heading back into the Jungle. It is approx. 5.5k from the road to the top with the last 1K VERY STEEP! Not really any way to get off (lost) on the trail but be careful near some of the edges - pretty steep drop offs.

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3
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4
[Jan 24, 2015]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

Three of us tried heading to Hill 394 in November 2014 from the hospital end. The guard in the hospital said the trail was overgrown but we decided to try it anyways. The first 500m or so were ok. We passed the trail to Boton Falls on the left. (A great side-trip but leave your bike at the top!). Once we got past that point the trail deteriorated considerably will grass, vines, bamboo, and trees blocking the way. We eventually turned back when the path became impassable and our legs became quite torn up. Someone needs to return with a heavy-duty weed whacker in order for this trail to be useable again.

In early January 2015 I tried to find the trailhead in the Naval Magazine area but before I could get there I was blocked buy a gate manned by guards. The guards said that someone needs permission from the company before being allowed to enter. Sorry but I forgot the name of the company that has been using the place for the past year. The guard did know about the trail to Hill 394 and assumed I wanted to go bird watching. When I said I was interested in mountain biking he said that the trail was too overgrown to bike on. I can only assume it is similar to what we experienced on the hospital route.

I was a little disappointed that there seem to be few, if any, suitable mountain biking trials within SBMA.

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3
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3
[Jun 16, 2007]
tony antonio
Cross Country Rider

very nice and relaxing...great cardio goin' up but a GREATER rush goin down....The jungle has been well taken cared of. Its thick and green all the way....this trail branches out to different trails...explore it!(CLICK ON the "trail pictures" icon I have a few nice pics of this trail)

Customer Service

Enter SUBIC freeport. drive all the way near MORONG gate of BATAAN. Before hitting MORONG gate make a left and look for a asphalt path on the left that will take you to old ammo bunkers...you'll hit a Y on the road take left and follow yellow paint on road. It will come to an end, then turn left.just drive tiill it ends and you will see the TRAIL entrance....you got questions...mail [email protected]

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3
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4
[Mar 21, 2000]
Anonymous

I have ridden in this area once with my friend and officemate Norman. The downhill stretch will take your breath away. It's simply amazing! I haven't seen monkeys though.

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I recommend climbing Crown Peak Hotel where you could visit BAT kingdom.

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2
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[Apr 05, 2000]
Anonymous

This trail can be done even by someone quite new to mountain biking, but who is sufficiently well versed in knowing when not to ride over his head.
The best way to enter the trail is from the Hospital side, where one is instantly engulfed by the indescribable beauty of jungle life. The sounds coming from insects, birds, monkeys and other animals would surely detract one from thinking about the ride. Initially, the terrain is merely rolling, but the last 200 or so meters leading to the top of Hill 394 would surely test one's climbing prowess. This not mentioning the loose soil to be encountered upon doing this last climb to the top. However, the view from the top is exhilirating and definitely worth all the trouble. From the top, one could have a birds eye view of Grande Island, Subic Bay Yacht Club and the bay itself. The isolation is also quite extraordinary. Doing the downhill from the top, passing through the same steep climb, is like being in a giant slide. Even experienced downhillers are forewarned not to be too complacent when doing the downhill, for this particular downhill has already claimed several persons, who ended up with broken arms and ribs. This may be due to unseen ruts covered with thick leaves lying on the ground, as well as the soil being too loose to afford enough traction, even to the most aggressive tire tread. All in all a very exciting ride, if only due to the jungle, and not really technical except for the steep downhill.

Customer Service

Enter the trail after passing through the Bat Kingdom, and near the Hospital. Avoid being seen by police, as there still exists a sign prohibiting entry to the trail, but the 100 Peso fine is small considering the great ride.

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Biniktikan double track is also great, but the native Aetas guarding the entrance to the forest will need some kind of official document authorizing the rider to enter the forest, otherwise it would take some amount of persuading before they would let someone pass. It is also wise not to ignore their warning for people not to tresspass.

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4
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[Nov 10, 2002]
Anonymous

The ascent from the ammo bunker is most recommended for novice cyclists. Though there are tough sections of slick rock and 30 degree climbs, these are short and can be overcome on foot. Be wary of the bamboo trees that have fallen on the trail, as they can be covered by leaves and overgrowth. These can be a nasty surprise on the ascent and possibly dangerous on the descent. proceed along the main trail until you see the forest canopy thinning out. the top of the hill affords a 360 degree view of SBMA and the neighboring country side. great reward for a significant effort going up. i would recommend a descent via the same trail for novice riders.. but there is a second descent that can be taken from the hilltop... this seemd like a freeride/downhiller's dream but, upon visual inspection, looked a little risky. monkeys will converge to the trail-side, probably curious of the commontion made by humans and bikes... but we did not encounter any directly on the trail... they just watch you from cover. :)

Customer Service

Enter the naval magazine area and keep going straight until the first major four-way intersection with a sign for Morong Gate. take the left turn, follow the road for about 2kms until you reach the first asphalt left turn, follow this single lane road until you see a bamboo and sawali sign saying "Trail to Hill 394". this is next to an abandoned ammo dump being used to store poultry/hog feed (the smell will confirm this). Enter trail through sign.

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the trail to el kabayo falls in the forest hills area looks interesting. attempted to climb this trail but the darkness caught us and the aeta guides warned us about snakes and such. approximately a 20 minute walk to the waterfall. initial 300 meters looked steep.

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