7 beginner-friendly mountains in Rizal

Rizal Mountains for newbie Hikers – The mountainous province of Rizal is one of the favorite haunts of every mountaineers, trekker, hikers and adventure seekers. It is often visited by many tourists since it has a lot of amazing sights to see and to offer. I would say that Rizal is definitely the mother of all mountains here in the Philippines. So, are you a newbie hiker looking for mountains to climb? Then, check out our list of mountains in Rizal that is best for the newbie hikers like you.

Mt. Maynuba & Mt. Cabayu

Location: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal
Lat, Long, Alt: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit)
Features: Sea of clouds, river crossings, panoramic view of the Sierra Madre, waterfalls

Jump off point: Mar-ning’s Farm and Resort, Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal

Damage: Php 700.00/pax


Mt. Batolusong

Location: Tanay, Rizal

Lat,Long, Alt: 645 MASL / 780 MASL

Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day /1.5h (Mapatag); 3-4 (Susong Dalaga Peak)

Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

Jump off point: Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal

Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon

Damage: 600-700 / Pax

Mt. Daraitan

Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Daraitan (village centre), Tanay

Minor jumpoff: Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar

LLA: 14°36′48.5′′N 121°26′19.5′′ E, 739 MASL (+600)

Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2.5-4 hours

Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

Features: Tropical forest, limestone formations, river trek.

Mt. Pamitinan & Mt. Binacayan

Rodriguez, Rizal
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA (Pamitinan): 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
LLA (Binacayan): 14°43′30.5′′N 121°11′26.1′′ E 424 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours (P); 2-3 hours (B)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (P); 3/9 (B) / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province

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Mt. Lubog

Rodriguez, Rizal
Trailhead: Sitio Lubog, Brgy. Puray, Rodriguez
LLA: 14°50′10.4′′ N, 121°14′12.9′′, 955 MASL (+337)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-4 with rock scrambling
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of the Sierra Madre

Basic things to bring when hiking

  • Headlamp
  • 2-3L of Drinking Water
  • Trekking Shoes/Sandals
  • Assault Pack
  • Sunblock
  • Rain Coat (optional, in case it rains)
  • Umbrella
  • Trail Foods
  • Extra Set of Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Camera / Action cam
  • Tent
  • Foil Mat
  • Extra Plastic Bag for trash (Practice LNT: Leave No Trace principle)

If you’ve already conquered all of these mountains, you can now proceed to much higher and difficult like Mt. Pulag in Benguet. Check out my Mount Pulag Guide Via Ambangeg Trail.

The information of the mountains is based on PinoyMountainer blog. Photo credits to the owners of IG account that I linked to this blog

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