Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lake Caliraya Loop

Lake Caliraya is a man-made lake created in 1939. It is situated in the towns of Cavinti, Lumban, and Kalayaan in the province of Laguna. Coordinates: 14.29°N 121.53°E . This lake was built by US Army Corps of Engineers for purpose of generating electricity. The lake was named after the construction of Caliraya Dam
I have been to this place quite a number of times in the past and have seen the natural beauty of the lake. The  two-lane road that hugs the shore of Caliraya and Lumot lakes,  is well paved. Going counter clockwise, the road loops around the towns of Pagsanjan, Cavinti, Kalayaan, and Lumban. Total distance is around 37 kilometers. The scenery is very rural and rustic with lots of good landscapes to shoot photographs. 
Starting at the Eco-park in Cavinti, proceed to the direction of Lake Caliraya.

How to get to the Eco Park:
Via South Luzon Expressway, exit at Calamba, follow the Pan-Philippine Highway to Pagsanjan, once you get to the T intersection, turn right towards Cavinti. Follow the road until you reach a fork in the road (about 8kms from Pagsanjan) take the left fork. Eco park is within 200meters from the cemetery.

Other useful information:

Eco-park at the Spillway

Pueblo El Salvador - the next destination

The shores of Lake Lumot
Japanese Garden

Inside Japanese Garden

Lake Caliraya

Preparing for the downhill rush!

The view of Laguna de Bay is spectacular
Crosswind can push you off track

Bike Stats:
Name: 3/15/2014 09:42
Activity type: mountain biking
Description: Lake Kaliraya Loop
Total distance: 36.86 km (22.9 mi)
Total time: 2:42:59
Moving time: 2:07:11
Average speed: 13.57 km/h (8.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 17.39 km/h (10.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 43.02 km/h (26.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 4:25 min/km (7:07 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3:27 min/km (5:33 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:24 min/km (2:15 min/mi)
Max elevation: 386 m (1265 ft)
Min elevation: 6 m (20 ft)
Elevation gain: 935 m (3067 ft)
Max grade: 21 %
Min grade: -20 %
Recorded: 3/15/2014 09:42

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