Looking for an adventurous day of hiking in the Philippines that people of all experience levels can enjoy? I would highly recommend Mount Maculot. It is also referred to as Mt. Makulot and Mt. Macolod as well, depending on which province or region in the area. You can hike to the summit in a day or you can organize a camping expedition with a guide as well.
Note : There are many other great mountains to hike in the Philippines. Read our review on the new trail on Mt. Maynoba, Rizal Philippines.
Where is Mt. Maculot Located?
This mountain is located in Cuenca, Batangas on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
Directions to Mt. Maculot (aka Mount Macolod or Makulot) :
For approximately 140 pesos you can take a bus from Buendia, Metro Manila to Cuenca, Batangas. The trip takes approximately 2 hours.
How Big Is The Mountain?
3, 107 feet (947 meters)
Dayhike Climb to View the “Rockies”. Many people refer to Mt. Maculot as the “Rockies” because of the breathtaking rock formations. Be aware that the ‘Rockies’ is not the summit peak.. it’s the scenic views on the way to the top. There are places for you to camp as well as a grotto (small cave) that many trekkers like to visit. The view from a different vantage point unveils beautiful foresty scenic views (however, I never traversed the mountain to see this viewpoint.)
Before you start your journey you can gear up at the Mountaineer’s store. They have restaurants as well as shower facilities for hikers. They have pay parking sites around the shower facilities in case you didn’t come in via bus.
From the Mountaineer store you will walk up a cement road until it comes to the end and then your hiking adventure begins! You will actually go downhill for a short while before the long ascent to the top begins.
New Trails on Mt. Maculot
Rather than the old original hiking trail they have since added new trail options. They are well marked to let you choose on which trail that you would like to do. The newer trails I noticed run parallel to the old trail and seems like the difficulty level is approximately the same.
There are several rest areas on the new and old trail. There will be Buko juice vendors at the rest areas for you to enjoy a refreshing drink along the way. I recommend getting your drinks for the trip at the stores at the trailhead. This helps to support the community rather than individual vendors along the hiking trail.
The new trail eventually meets up with the old trail so you don’t have to worry that you will be taken away from the sights that you want to see along the way. When the trails meet, be aware that one of the camping sights is only about a 5 or 10 minute walk away.
What Mountains Can You View From Mt. Maculot?
Two other popular mountains that you can see from Mt. Maculot are Mt. Tagap and Mt. Batulao (as well as the beautiful southern Luzon mountain range). You will also be able to view Taal Lake!
How Long Does It Take To Hike Mt. Maculot?
If you trek the mountain at an average pace it will take about an hour in each direction. If your stopping frequently at rest areas and taking pictures than obviously a bit more. I’m in average shape and was back at the trailhead in approximately 2 hours. This is while stopping on occasion to catch my full breath back and take some pictures.
How difficult is it to climb Mt. Maculot
I am not an expert climber by any means, but someone who is just in average condition can expect their heart rate to climb but not to the point of exhaustion. I strongly recommend hiking the trail at your own pace and stopping to catch your breath when you need to. Better safe than sorry.
Tips for Mt. Maculot
- Tip #1 Bring insect repellent (Mosquito’s love me for whatever reason. If they love you too, be sure to bring some repellent!)
- Tip #2 Hike at your own pace
- Tip #3 – Hike the trail with a friend (preferably one with experience).
- Tip #4 – Buy some drinks at the mountainstore at the beginning of your trip.
- Tip #5 – Noodles, soft drinks, and other goodies are available at the top but they are more expensive than if you came prepared and brought them with you!
- Tip #7 – Total expenses were approximately 500 pesos. This accounts for bus fare (about 250 php for both ways in total), jeepney fees, registration fee, and a meal.
- Tip # 8 – Please don’t litter on the trail, and help keep it clean and pick up litter as go so you can help keep this mountain beautiful for everyone else!
- Tip #9 – Have fun!
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