Take the Scenic Route and Discover Dalton Pass

Dalton Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 892m (2,926ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya provinces, in central Luzon island of the Philippines.

Dalton Pass

Set high on the boundary between Caraballo Sur and the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, the road to the summit is totally paved (with concrete sections), but extremely curvy, with hundreds of turns. It’s called AH26 (Pan-Philippine Highway). The pass was named after General James Dalton II who was killed on this location on 1945 by a Japanese sniper.

The pass, also called Balete Pass, is 76.5 km (47.53 miles) long, running south-north from San Jose (in the province of Nueva Ecija) to Aritao (in the province of Nueva Vizcaya). Lots of trucks and buses use this mountain highway. the pass became the scene of a bloody fight during the final stages of World War II with the death of almost 17,000 Japanese, American, and Filipino soldiers. There are several memorials located on the pass, of all involved nations.