Palo Alto Falls & Leisure Park in Baras, Rizal

On the first day of 2014, I took a solo motorcycle ride as a “good luck ride” for the year ahead. I ended up finding a very nice waterfall not that far from the city. This relatively unknown waterfall that’s just an hour away from the Quezon City area is a promising weekend destination for motorcyclists and mountain bikers.

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The waterfall can be found within the Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates in Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal. This 200 hectare prime residential and commercial estate is being developed by the Sta. Lucia Land Inc. They’re currently selling estate lots here, for those who want to invest in their retirement farms or country estate mansions not that far from the metro. But in the meantime, some of the attractions, including the falls and a clubhouse are open to the public.

palo alto leisure park billboard

It’s hard to miss since there’s actually a billboard advertising an adventure park right by the side of the road with a picture of a waterfall on it. I ignored this during previous rides, since I assumed the photo was of Daranak or Batlag Falls–two popular waterfalls in Rizal, which I’ve previously been to. There are no entrance fees if you just want to inquire or take a look at the facilities. Just leave an ID with the guard at the main gate, and follow the paved road to your preferred destination (falls or clubhouse).

palo alto sign clubhouse falls motorcycle

The place is ideal for motorcyclists and road trippers who want to go swimming and have picnics during the weekends. By car or motorcycle, the drive takes about an hour or less from QC without traffic. For mountain bikers, it’s more of a challenge, with the uphill ascents, but at least they can relax and cool down after a tiring ride. The whole complex has very good paved roads and secure parking areas for all types of vehicles.

palo alto bikers

Second visit to Palo Alto: Went back to show the place to Outside Slacker & take better photos with SLR

FALLS

From the parking area, you have to climb up 249 concrete steps to get to the foot of Palo Alto Falls, which is 1000 feet up. It sounds daunting at first, but really, it takes just about 5-8 minutes to get to the foot of the falls. Along the way, you’ll pass through thick forests beside a small stream, with water trickling down through the rocks. It’s very serene and peaceful, especially if you’re the only one there.

palo alto falls walkway forest palo alto falls walkway streamSoon enough, you’ll reach a set of native cottages surrounding the foot of the falls. The falls is still surrounded by lush trees and foliage and cascades down from about 60 feet high into a clear pool that has been cemented all around. The water here is very clean and clear, the grounds are well-maintained, and the place is really refreshing. What I like the most is its seclusion, unlike some other more popular waterfalls, which can get quite crowded. During my first visit, I was the only one there, so I had the falls all to myself. During my second visit to take photos, there were a few people swimming, but it didn’t feel crowded.

palo alto falls swimming

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[NOTE: Returned with relatives for a picnic outing in March 2014, and the water at the falls was just a trickle.]

CLUBHOUSE

The other alternative (especially if you’re traveling with kids) is the leisure park’s clubhouse, which has a large resort-type swimming pool with winding water slides. The place looks very classy with landscaped gardens, relaxing lounge chairs, and a small bridge over the pool. There’s a large shower area with lockers and dressing rooms.

palo alto clubhouse swimming pool water slide

The clubhouse contains a game room where you can play billiards, table tennis, and darts. I spotted a videoke machine on the premises, so that’s probably for rent :p The clubhouse also contains a conference/function room for events, a zip line (over the pool), basketball court, and bike lane within the complex. The restaurant, snack bar & coffee shop are still in the works, so anyone who visits should make sure to bring their own food and snacks. Take note that alcoholic drinks are not allowed. There are several picnic huts for rent and grills where you can barbecue your own food by the pool.

palo alto clubhouse swimming pool

If you didn’t bring food and want something to eat, you can visit Park, Rest & Dine, a small and eclectic restaurant, which is a short drive away from Palo Alto. Here’s a list of other resorts/restaurants along the route.

THIRD VISIT: Summer 2014

Went back with cousins (by car this time) for a summer picnic outing.

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[MORE PHOTOS HERE]

Palo Alto Leisure and Residential Estates / Adventure Park is located in Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal. [MAP]

How to get there (my route is from Diliman, QC):

  1. Coming from Diliman, head to Katipunan, turn left on Aurora Boulevard, then take a U-Turn heading to Marikina.
  2. The highway forks to a bridge heading to Marikina town proper on the left. Stay on the right side of the road heading towards Marcos Highway instead.
  3. Just go straight and follow the route of Marcos Highway.
  4. You will pass through Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-boso Resort and eventually reach Palo Alto. There is a big billboard. You can’t miss it.

For inquiries on how to get there by commuting, please check the comments section.

TRAVEL TIPS & USEFUL INFO:

  • Operating hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
  • Proper swimwear is strictly required.
  • You can bring your own food and drinks except for alcoholic beverages. They have grills/ihawan for cooking food. No smoking and drinking alcohol allowed on the premises.
  • The restaurant/cafe is not yet complete, but they sell water, softdrinks and snacks in the clubhouse.
  • Rates for Clubhouse and Falls are separate.
  • Entrance fees for Palo Alto Falls (if swimming): P100/person (child/adult), Cottage: P700, Chairs & Tables: P300; Free if you’re not going to swim (15 mins. only viewing)
  • Clubhouse rates: P100/P150/person (child/adult), Cottage (good for 8-10 persons): P500, Cottage (good for 12-15): P700, chairs and tables (good for 2-4): P300
  • Basketball court: P150/hour
  • Table tennis: P150/hour
  • Darts – P150/hour
  • Billiards – P150/hour
  • Overnight rate: Minimum of 30 persons are allowed but they are required to bring their safety blankets, camping tents, flashlights, etc.
  • Homeowners are entitled to 50% discount for entrance fees
  • For exclusive use of clubhouse facilities: P35,000
  • Facebook page: Palo Alto Leisure & Residential Estates
  • Contact numbers for inquiries: 0949-8677021 (number given by Sta. Lucia Land Realty when I called the number on the billboard), 0905-5154778 (from their FB page).

60 thoughts on “Palo Alto Falls & Leisure Park in Baras, Rizal

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    • Hi Chenneren. Sorry, never tried commuting there since I drive a motorcycle. Madalang ang jeeps. You can follow the commuting guide options posted here. Palo Alto is in Baras, Pinugay before you reach Sierra Madre Resort.

      • Hi mam kara, i’m an agent of palo alto, hope this will help how to get there by commuting:
        from cubao take a ride going to cogeo gate 2 / padilla via jeep or fx. from gate 2 may sakayan po doon ng papuntang sampaloc, tanay (s may bandang palengke) mismong gate n po ksi ng palo alto kyo bababa. for more details you can email me. thank u & god bless

    • hello, just to share you possibly going to PALO ALTO from CALOOCAN,

      From monument ng caloocan, pwde po kau sumakay ng PUV going to SM north edsa..then from sm north sakay po ulit kau ng PUV going to CUBAO…then from cubao farmers may sakayan po doon papunta ng cogeo gate 1 and gate 2 frm there sakay naman po kau ng PUV going to PAENAAN then..pagdating ng PAENAAN may tricycle na po doon papunta ng PALO ALTO…pero sa ngaun mayroon na mga jeep na diretso ng PALO ALTO from COGEO GATE 1 or GATE 2.. hope will help this to visit PALO ALTO LEISURE & RESIDENTIAL ESTATE..

      thanks

      Frm JOMAR
      Im an agent who sell RESIDENTIAL,ESTATE and COMMERCIAL LOT there…

      Reply ↓

      • Hello po mr jomar, pano po naman kung pabalik? From palto to sakayan na ng jeep? Hehe thanks. We are planning po kasi to go there this saturday, may nagsabi po samin na parang walang way pabalik. Hope youll po respond asap, :D

        • hi ms. johna, i’m mary ann, pabalik naman po, just wait for the jeep n nangaling sa sampaloc, tanay. medyo mahirap lang po ksi punuan n pagdatig sa palo alto especially pag dating ng 3 pm. so better to go there n may sasakyan po kyo. thanks & god bless.

  2. Hi! Nice pictures! Very inviting! How to get there from Marcos Highway? and ilang hrs travel time going there? I need sana clear directions on how to get there by car. Hoping for your immediate response. Thank you very much!

    • Hi Drixx, thanks. I mentioned in the post that travel time there by car & motorcycle takes about an hour or less from QC without traffic. Just go straight along Marcos Highway, past Cogeo market and follow the road until you see the billboard on the right side of the road. It’s before you reach Garden Cottages or Sierra Madre Resort, if you’re familiar with those.

  3. mam,
    ask ko lang po kung pwedeng walk-in lang o dapat magreservation pa. balak po namin pumunta dyan sa April 26, 2014.

    thanks po

      • Hi Kara. Do you think there is still enough water to the falls at this time of the year? You said you went there last January, a wetter month than April. We plan to go this weekend… Thanks.

        • Hi Neil. I went again with relatives for a picnic mid-March and the water at the falls was barely a trickle, so you might be a little disappointed because it looks different from the poster. Ganun talaga pag summer months. You can still swim at the base of the falls though. We stayed in the clubhouse/pool area instead.

    • Hi John, you can bring your own food pang picnic kasi wala pa silang restaurant though there’s a store selling chips and drinks (medyo mahal). May grill/ihawan dun sa pool area na pwedeng gamitin.

  4. Hi Kara, thanks for all this info about the hidden beauties of Rizal, just a question thou, you think Palo Alto is open next week, during holy week? Im planning of doing a road trip for the family.

    Thanks,
    Crissy

  5. hi ms. kara.. tanong ko lang po bukas po kaya sila this holy week? plan po kasi namin pumunta . thanks po and God bless

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