Monday, February 2, 2015

Mt. Maculot | The Traverse Day Hike


For all hikers who are looking for a daytrip destination, Mt. Maculot in Batangas should be inlcuded on your travel bucket list. It's just 2-3 hours drive from Manila, which features the magnificent view of Taal Lake.


The Trail Madness and Malaya IOG group joined together again for another mountain adventure. We took Lipa City bound bus, then traveled with a jeepney going to Cuenca. The driver dropped us off in Poblacion, where we ordered hot Goto with tokwa't baboy in one of the "karinderya" near the jumpoff.


There are two jumpoffs to summit of Mt Maculot. One for the Rockies and the other is for Grotto. Guide is now required if you want to explore the beauty of the mountain. Guide fee is Php500/ 5 persons for regular trail and Php1000/ 5 persons for traverse. Additional Php50/person after the first 5 persons. No need to complain because it's a mandatory.

Some of the travel blogs I read, Mt. Maculot is one of the easiest to climb. It only takes less than an hour to reach the campsite, but for some it takes 1.5 to 2.h hours. The trail is very steep so you need to take time to rest. Most of the trails, you need to ascend. Don't worry tropa, there are lots of resting stations along trail.


We are surprised there's a vendor selling fresh buko juice near the campsite. Honestly, I don't like to have food stalls along the trails or in the campsite. I know they can help other hikers who have no enough water or food, but these "tindahan" may cause harm to the mountain in the future.

Mt Maculot has three destinations: Rockies, the summit and the Grotto which can all be covered by a traverse dayhike. The Rockies is the popular among the three. You can find here the wide view of the world-famous Taal Lake. Most hikers go to the Rockies only and few of them trek the traverse.

At the Rockies

At the summit of Mt. Maculot

At the campsite, you can find here a store that sells everything from hard drinks to soda, even pansit canton. This is open on weekends and holiday season days like Holy Week. You can also buy here some accessories which made up from bones of animals.

On the left side of the store, it will lead you to the Rockies while on right side is to the summit and Grotto.


Because of its popularity among climbers and tourists, expect crowd at the campsite on weekends. Yo need to hike as early as you can for you to find a good spot to pitch your tent. If you want to avoid the crowd, it is really ideal to do it as a day hike.

Get an extra careful while in Rockies. A wrong step or move will cause harm or put your life into danger. Aside from Taal Lake, you can see from here Mt. Makiling, Maricaban Island, Mt. Halcon and the Tagaytay Highlands.


The traverse part of Mt. Maculot is a bit challenging. You will walk into slippery trails and crawl under the fallen trees and climbing plants. There's a part of the mountain that you need to hold a rope to go down. For beginners or delicate travelers, the traverse is not advisable to do. You're bound to move like a pro.


Tropa, don't forget to taste the famous Batangas Lomi near the jumpoff of Rockies. It's topped with lots of Chicharon, kikiam and liver.You can buy this mouth-watering Lomi in one of the places where you can take a bath. (I forgot the name of that place lol).

Mt. Maculot is a very nice destination. I really recommend this mountain if you're new in hiking or mountaineering. You will definitely enjoy the amazing views of Taal Lake, rock formations, lushes forests and other nearby mountains. 

Enjoy Traveling! 

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