Do you love to hike, but not really looking for a mountain climbing / trekking expedition that is too difficult? Listed below are easy hiking trails in the Philippines in the hiking trail class 1, 2, 3 difficult ratings (on a scale of 1-9) along with directions to each. We also made a Philippines Hiking Trail Guide for all the regions including Luzon, Mindanao, Visayas, etc…
Easy Hiking Trail Class 1 Trails
Tatlong Krus and Matabungka Falls
Difficulty level – 1/9
Hiking trail class – 1
Tatlong Krus is a nice watefall for beginnners. It is a minor climb that most people can handle without any problems.
Height of waterfalls = 20-25 meters.
Directions from Manila :
- Take bus to Sta. Cruz (costs=123 pesos 1.5 hours)
- Take jeepney to Siniloan or Paete (P23)
- Get off at Paete and take a trike to Brgy. Ilaya Norte
- Start your trek and enjoy. You will see signs to Matabungka Falls.
Tatlong Krus summary – Located in the town of Paete. This town is well known for the for their woodcrafts. Matabunka Falls is a wonderful destination on Laguna’s eastern side. Tatlong Krus is also a popular destination during Holy Week.
The Seven Lakes of San Pablo
Where is Seven Lakes of San Pablo located? San Pablo, Laguna
Major jumpoff point – San Pablo Plaza
The day hike will take 1-2 hours.
Destination summary – Seven Lakes of San Pablo is a really nice place to hike that is near Manila, but somewhat undiscovered (which is a rarity around Manila). The 7 Lakes of San Pablo is surrounded by the mountains Mt. Cristobal, Mt. Mabilog, Mt. Kalisungan, and Tayak Hill. The cleanest area would be the twin lakes Pandin and Yambo. The waters at Pandin and Yambo are clean enough for swimming and the area is very clean. You can also rent bamboo rafts if you would like to get out on the lake.
Mt. Samat (Diwa, Pilar)
Jumpoff point – Regardless of which direction you come from, the main jumpoff point is at Brgy. Diwa, Pilar. (Directions from Manila is shown below).
How long does Mt. Samat take to hike? – 1 hour
Climb difficulty – Easy. This is a beginner trail with a historical background.
Summary – The historic trail on Mt. Samat signifies where American and Filipino forces fought heroically at the final stand in Bataan. The Battle of Bataan last 3 months, with the Filipino and American’s ultimately surrendering. After 3 months of war and their troops exhausted they were forced to walk 140 km from Mariveles, Batan to Tarlac. Disease, starvation, and dehydration claimed 1000’s of lives along the way. On Mt. Samat you can view a 92 meter high cross that is called ‘Bataan Cross’ as a commemorative tribute to the American’s and Filipinos who fought side by side in WW2.
How easy is it to climb Mt. Samat? This is a beginner level high. Some would call it more than a “stroll” rather than hike. If you are inexperienced or aren’t physically able to participate in a more difficult climb, Mt. Samat may be for you. The hike up Mt. Samat is 6 km in length and is a rather leisurely hike to the top. When you get to the top where the Bataan Cross is, you can actually go inside the cross and take an elevator to the top for a great view. On clear days you can see the coastline of Manila.
Areas of interest – After hiking to the top of Mt. Samat you may want to go to Dunsulan Falls for lunch, swimming or relaxing / taking pictures by the waterfalls.
Hours : Samat is open from 0800 to 1500H
Parking fee – P20
Other easy level 1-2 hiking / minor climbs and waterfalls that we plan to review include :
- Solong Falls
- Magdapio Falls
- Ambon-Ambon Falls
Up next : Level 2 Hiking Trails featuring :
Note : Level 2 (out of a 9 difficulty scale) are relatively easy climbs and hiking trips for beginners and those wanting to enjoy scenery and great views!
- Mt. Mabilog
- Mt. Osdung
- Malinta Hill
- Mt. Pinatubo
- Mt. Buntis
- Mt. Cabuyao
- Balaan Bukid
- Taal Volcano
- Mt Apacao
- Tayak Hill
- Mt. Manalmon
- Mt. Romelo
- Manabu Peak
- Mt. Bongao
- Mt. Gulogod Baboy
- Mt. Tagapo
Do you have any suggestions of other Beginner level hiking trails, minor climbs, waterfall tips, etc..?? Please share them with us!