Mt. Maculot – one of the most popular day trip destination not only for beginner but also by seasoned hikers maybe because of its possessed beauty and the breath-taking scenery especially when you get at the vantage point of what they called “The Rockies” where you can see the magnificent view of Taal Lake. This hike-worthy mountain should be on the bucket list of every wannabe hikers and to those who recently started mountaineering. I may not promise that this would be easy for some but I can promise that Mt. Maculot will definitely make you stronger and better mountaineer once you experience hiking this mountain. Super worth it talaga!
Major Jumpoff: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca
Exit point (traverse): Brgy 5 (to Grotto), Cuenca
LLA: 13°55 N; 121°2 E; 706 MASL (Rockies) / 930 MASL (summit)
Days required / Hours to Rockies / summit : 1 day / 1-2 hr / 2-4 hr
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (Rockies); 4/9 (Traverse) Trail class 1-3.
Features: Scenic views of Taal Lake, rock formations, forests.
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We left Manila around 1:00 AM. Sobrang aga. Kasarapan ng tulog. Some people may just lie down in their bed but we, we were all ready for another great adventure and share-worthy experience in Mt. Maculot. We arrived at Cuenca Municipal Hall for registration. Some of my colleagues got the opportunity to take some breakfast before the start of hiking. After taking breakfast we immediately headed to the way going to the grotto and prayed for the safety of each other.
THE GROTTO(Our Lady of Lourdes)
It took almost 1 and a half hour before we reach the grotto. It has 1000 stair steps and 14 stations. Each station represents the passion of the Christ or a final period in the life of Jesus leading to his crucifixion on Mount Calvary. As we always did in every travel, photo ops cannot be forgotten. We spent only 15-20 minutes at the Grotto then we started to descend to go to our second destination, the summit.
UP TO THE SUMMIT
Mt. Maculot’s would require more stamina since its trail is like an inclined ladder covered with rocks, a rug of trees and greenery. We spent almost 2 hours going up to the summit. The first part of the trail was a flat surface surrounded by grasses and trees.
Mt. Maculot trail was not that difficult for me. Yung iba patag naman. Although some segment of the trail is still rocky so it’s better to wear gloves for your protection against sharp-edges rocks and stones. Aside from that, there are also segments in the trail especially before the summit that you have to use a rope to help you to move upward since it’s almost perpendicular.
Around 7:40 AM when we reach the summit. While approaching the summit, the view of the lake can already be seen from our vantage point. Unfortunately, the voluminous fogs started to take over the panoramic view that’s why we were not able to see its beauty for the long period of time so we decided to descent after taking selfies and groupies then we headed to our last destination, the Rockies which is just 30-45 minutes away from the summit.
Tips: Make sure to buy foods since medyo pricey ang food sa Mt. Maculot .
8:30 AM when we left the summit and we traverse to the Rockies. Actually, Mt. Maculot has three destinations: First is the Grotto (510masl), second is the summit (930masl), and the third is the famous Rockies where you can see the breath-taking view of the Taal lake which is 706 Meters above sea level. All these destinations could be done by a traverse day hike that’s why it became famous in mountaineering community. The Rockies is basically a rock formation situated at the side of Mt. Maculot that creates a scenic view encompassed by the Taal Lake with the magnificent view of the world-famous Taal Volcano. I became speechless!
The trail going to the Rockies can be more challenging as it requires outdoor skills especially to beginners who would need some assistance specifically in the assault part. Kelangan mo talagang mag climb sa malalaking bato. Some part is also slippery so you need to be careful. Sari-sari store is available along the way from the summit going to the Rockies. It was totally fulfilling and it amazed me a lot.
After a painstaking hike finally, the effort hiking this mountain has been paid off when we see the famous view from the tip of the top of the Rockies. Before, I can only see it only in the pictures spreads on the internet and social media sites, but now I can see it personally with my two eyes! Yey! I’m so happy! After taking some photos, we grab the opportunity to take some rest and feel the essence of nature.
Note: For those who are eyeing to have “Buhis Buhay” photos in the Rockies especially in the picturesque spot, please do take extra care since any wrong move might cause you a tragedy. We have also seen a snake at the tree near the store but unfortunately, we didn’t take some photo of it.
Finally! another must-visit destination on my bucket list has been checked! Mt. Maculot is now added to the list of my favorite mountain. This mountain is highly recommended for beginners near Manila located in the heart of Batangas. If you want to experience a hike worthy destination. I think this mountain would be the number 1 that I will suggest. The view is so stunning and it will definitely suit your Instagram travel feed.
Before we descend, we were all exhausted, thankfully, we have a guide and organizer who are there to make us all happy despite being so pagod. Our organizer, Happy Feet Adventure initiate a raffle game which we can win a Bluetooth speaker. There’s never a dull moment during our hike.
When we arrived at the base camp, some of us take a bath and some just washed and then we headed to the one of the famous Lomi house in Batangas, the G2B Lomi House. Super delicious yet affordable. They tell us that it was already featured in KMJS that’s why it became more popular. This Lomi house might be one of your motivation when hiking Mt. Maculot. It seemed like a price after the exhausting journey.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Happy Feet Adventure, they are well organized and they are good at handling their guest. Sobrang saya kasama.
CONTACTS: TOUR GUIDES & ORGANIZER
Organizer – Jettros Ramos Chiong Dee – 09089639869
Shara Merlan – 09392302105
George Afabe – 09359160956
Miguel Gabriel : 09266576618
Jerico Cuevas : 0997-078-0603
Jayvee Roxas Pilar : 09367900585
For those who want to hike Mt. Maculot you may contact our organizer mentioned above and here are the inclusions:
Roundtrip Transportation Expenses
Registration Fee / Environmental Fee
Freebies / Souvenir
Over Loaded LOMI (If 13Pax & up)
SUMMARY OF EXPENSES( Day hike)
EVENT FEE: 699php
COORDINATOR’s Fee : 100php
TOTAL: PHP 799
USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS
REVERSE TRAVERSE (Grotto-Summit-Rockies)
0000 Meet up at Shaw
0100 ETD from manila
0400 ETA Cuenca Muncipal Hall, Register/ Breakfast
0430 Start trek
0600 arrive at grotto, take pictures
0630 ETD Going to summit
0800 ETA to summit
0830 ETD going to rockies
1200 ETA Rockies/ lunch/ line up
0200 Rockies photo ops
0530 Arrival at jumpoff/ Wash up
0630 Lomi Time
0715 TD Going to Manila
THINGS TO BRING
- Bring a lot of water (At least 2 liters)
- Energy drink (Gatorade)
- Hand Gloves
- Trek Pole
- Extra clothes
- Basic First Aid Kit/Personal Meds
- Trail foods(Chocolate/ jelly ace)
- Packed lunch highly recommended
- Garbage Bag( Leave no trace)
- Extra clothes
- Cameras(Actioncam, Phone, DSLR, etc)
- Extra money
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WHAT TO WEAR
Any outdoor clothes are advisable such as dry-fit, long sleeve, hiking short/pants, leggings, and a camp shirt. Wearing hiking shoes and outdoor sandals are much advisable than slippers.
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