Mt. Maculot Day Hike + Itinerary

For our first adventure in 2017, Gerald and I went on a day hike with our new found friends. :)

Gerald and I are both new to this so we have no idea on what to expect. We also don’t have any background on hiking, aside from the 1-hour trek we did for our canyoneering adventure in Cebu.

A little backstory:
I have a friend who’s part of a mountaineering club in UST who also kept on telling me to join them. I always said no because I am not confident, knowing I’m a weakling. Few years after I had this sudden desire to try climbing but never really got a chance. Until our canyoneering adventure when we had a 1-hour trek where I almost fell off a cliff, I told myself I won’t try hiking because if I can’t even do trekking, what more hiking, right?

Now going back…
Gerald found friends from a Facebook Group, which I had no idea how it all started, until I found myself part of this new circle of friends, all ready to do a day hike.

Mt. Maculot

Mt. Maculot

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

– from Pinoy Mountaineer

Most of them have already climbed a few mountains but there are also first-timers like us so we weren’t intimidated that much.

Mt. Maculot

Mt. Maculot

The itinerary was arranged by the group, but I couldn’t find the copy anymore. Haha Here’s a rough draft of the itinerary based on how I remember it. Hehe

Itinerary:

0200H – Meetup (Starmall Shaw area)
0300H – Meetup (SM Bacoor area)
0400H – Meetup (Cuenca area)
0430H – Registration and preparation
0600H – Jump Off
0800H – arrival at Rockies summit
1000H – start descent
1200H – arrival at the jump off area
1220H – lunch
1330H – shower
1500H – depart to Fantasy World
1600H – arrival at Fantasy World
1700H – depart to Taal Basilica (Basilica of St. Martin of Tours)
1730H – arrival Taal Basilica (Basilica of St. Martin of Tours)
1830H – go home

Notes:

  • Don’t bring all your things during the hike. Bring only water, towels, trail food and valuables and leave everything else in the car.
  • Leave no trace. Let’s keep the mountain clean. Keep your garbage with you and dispose them properly after the activity.
  • Flush out everything before starting the hike. There are toilet available for a minimal fee (Php 5 for #1 and Php 10 for #2).
  • Shower is also available at the eatery near the jump off point. Php 15 for a bucket of water.

Personally, I think the trail is good for beginners like me. It wasn’t as exhausting as I expected it to be, maybe because we had stops for rests and for taking pictures, or maybe because you get motivation from the people you’re with. Once you’re on the summit, the stunning view is worth every sweat! It’s also nice to bring a gibson j 45 from musiciansfriend and play some music to set the mood. :)

Mt. Maculot

Gerald had no buwis-buhay photos like mine. I’m more adventurous, you know! Hahaha Gerald is still a little afraid of heights so I didn’t force him to take photos WITH me. As long as he takes photos OF me, I’m good with that. Hahaha

I feel so brave, I wanted to stand on these shots but Gerald is the one who’s scared for me. Haha It was so windy and Gerald is afraid I might get blown by the wind so he told me to just sit. Hahaha

Mt. Maculot

Mt. Maculot

As you’d notice on the itinerary, we also had a side trip to Fantasy World and Taal Church.

There’s not much to do in Fantasy World, and as I have expected, it isn’t properly maintained. It could have been a good tourist spot. Sayang! It turned out to be an abandoned amusement park. :(

But it was a good location for the mannequin challenge we did! Haha.

As for Taal Church, there was wedding ceremony when we went so we were only able to see it from the entrance. But it was really beautiful!

Taal Church

I went home with sore legs but it isn’t as painful as I expected. I think it’s just because my body is not conditioned well with also no warm-ups. Haha. Climbing was more of challenging than tiring. I get to be more cautious of the trail, of which rope/branch/stone to grab, and be mindful of every step I take. For me, ascent is much easier than the descent. I had few bumps here and there during descent, maybe it’s also because my body is starting to feel a little tired. Haha.

Gerald and I are supposed to be just “joiners” as some call it, but it was better than that. We can say that we found a new circle of friends! Looking forward to the next hike with these people. :)


I thought I couldn’t do it, but as they say, “You won’t know unless you try.” And I’m glad I tried, because I am definitely going on another hike! I survived my first and more challenged to do more climbs! :)

It’s your turn!

  • Have you tried climbing a mountain? If yes, how was your experience?
  • If no, do you consider climbing a mountain on your next adventure?

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Comments

  1. Reply

    You’ve been traveling a lot lately, I’m jealous! haha.. Wish I can hike this year :) The place looks beautiful btw.

    1. Reply

      Not much travel, really, because we’ve been trying to slow down since we have to save more this year hahaha Yes go try hiking! It’s another kind of exciting adventure :)

  2. Reply

    The view on the peak is just so nice. It’s my dream to have a photo with that background. I haven’t done hikes but I do beginner treks. Hopefully I can visit Mt. Maculot, or any popular mountain with breathtaking bed of clouds and astonishing view from the top. :)

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      I think you can go on hikes since you’ve done treks! :) Go, the view is really worth it!

  3. Reply

    Mt. Maculot is my friend’s first mountain to hike (and it was during a storm; they came back to the hotel with the car all muddy, lol) . They were inviting me but I’m like, nope. Not physically fit for that; I’ll stay in the hotel. They’re big into hiking now and is inviting me along again, haha. I’m working on getting my body ready for it. And maybe on the later part of the year, I’ll get to join them on a hike. It’s one of my small goals for the year.

    1. Reply

      Nako feeling ko sobrang hirap kapag umuulan, pano pa yung bagyo? Katakot!!!
      Girl, I’m also not physically fit! But I made it! Haha You have friends with you, they’ll guide you naman :) Hopefully you can try it this year! :)

  4. Reply

    One of my goals this year is to hike a few mountains, too! Haha. I have an upcoming hike this Feb, I think. And I hope the weakling me could handle it as well.

    1. Reply

      Good luck! I was supposed to go on my second hike last week but Gerald’s schedule got fcked up hahaha so nag Binondo nalang kami for Chinese New Year hahaha

  5. Reply

    oh my GOD HOW GORGEOUS!!! I’m so envious!

    1. Reply

      Dbaaa??? Go on a hiking na din! :)

  6. Reply

    Nice. I love hiking myself, but I don’t do it regularly. The last time I went hiking was last year in Pico De Loro, which is also in Batangas. But I think it’s been closed for the whole year to preserve the vegetation. Anyway, Mt. Maculot is definitely going on my list. Would like to do more hikes and a four hour day hike ain’t so bad.

    1. Reply

      A few friends also recommended Pico de Loro since it’s good for beginners now. I didn’t know it was closed! Sayang. But it’s for the environment naman, hopefully it can recover well. :)

  7. Reply

    It sounds like such a great experience and it’s really cool it wasn’t as challenging as you would think. Having support from your group would really make a huge difference. The video of the mannequin challenge is so awesome!! :D

    1. Reply

      Yes the support group is amazing! Maybe I just expected that it will reaaally be hard, I must have underestimated my own ability. Haha

      1. Reply

        Hi Maam ask.ko.lang magkano tour guide mt. maculot and if may marefer kau na tour guide and contact no.

  8. Reply

    I want to try hiking too, but I am not exercising so good luck sakin when I hike! Hahaha. I’ve been reading blogs on which mountain is recommended for beginners like me. I hope I’ll have the courage to hike soon!

    1. Reply

      Nako girl, ako din I don’t exercise! Hahaha but I was able to do it! Just go! :) Mt. Maculot is good for beginners. Madami kaming first-timers jan :)

  9. Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST MOUNTAIN! Yay! :) The view is great! Super bet na bet ko to “I didn’t force him to take photos WITH me. As long as he takes photos OF me, I’m good with that.” Story of my life too! haha

    You should try Rizal mountains next. :)

    1. Reply

      Actually, mag-Rizal dapat kami last weekend kaso kainis yung schedule ni Gerald nabago. Di tuloy kami nakasama :(

      Haha kahit nga photos of me, pahirapan pa eh hahaha kainis mga KJ na jowa haha kaya kapag nasa mood sya magpicture, hinahayaan at sinasamantala ko haha kadalasan mga pictures sa blog ko puro kuha nya hahaha

  10. Reply

    Mt. Maculot is in my bucketlist this year. Hopefully, may makasama ako :3

  11. Reply

    Ask ko lang po kung magkano yung guide niyo pag maramihan? And pano po pununta ng fantasy world from there :) thank yoouu

    1. Reply

      Hello Jessica, I think around 500-600 per pax yun. Madami kami sa group. :) Kasama na sa package namin yung pagpunta sa Fantasy World. But I have a guide on Fantasy World here: http://jojomei.com/fantasy-world-ph/ Thanks :)

  12. Reply

    Hello, :D
    Tanong ko lang if malayo yung exit point from jump off?
    Brgy. Siete po yung jump off, nakalagay dito. Then exit point (traverse) brgy. 5.. Iniisip lang kasi namin yung sasakyan. Hehe

    Thanks in advance! :D

    1. Reply

      Hello She,

      Yung info po is from Pinoy Mountaineer’s website. For traverse po yung exit point. :)
      Hindi kami nag-traverse so same lang entrance at exit point namin.
      Enjoy and stay safe sa climb! :)

      Thank you :)

      1. Reply

        Salamat!

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