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Central Luzon Mountains

 

A land of ricefields and vast plains, Central Luzon has only a few mountains but it has been literally shaped by mountain activity. In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted, dramatically altering the environment. The once towering Pinatubo lost over 300 meters of elevation; and the plains were covered with volcanic ash. Economic and social implications aside, this eruption has created a beautiful outdoor destination - the very crater of Pinatubo, now considered to be the most beautiful trekking destination in Central Luzon.

An emerging beach destination, which also has a trek, is Anawangin Cove in Zambales, and its white beach is likewise due to the eruption. Meanwhile, linked mythologically with Pinatubo is Mt. Arayat, a solitary figure rising in the plains as one passes by the North Luzon Expressway - the main highway to the north. The rest of the mountains in Central Luzon are actually in the western provinces of Zambales and Bataan, where, geologically, the meeting of two tectonic plates have given rise to mountains.

 

* Anawangin Cove
San Antonio, Zambales
Major jump-off: Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio
LLA (summit): 14 53'59" 129 94'24", 464 MASL
LLA (cove): 14 52 41 120 04'04", 0 MASL
Days required / Hours to cove: 1 day / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class 2


* Mt. Arayat via Arayat

Arayat, Pampanga
Major jump off: Arayat National Park, Brgy. Bano, Arayat
LLA: 15.20° N 120.742° E, 1030 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3

* Mt. Arayat Traverse

Pampanga
Entry point: Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga
Exit point: Brgy. Juan Bano, Arayat, Pampanga
LLA: 15.2067N, 120.7441E, 1030 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours (NP) 8 hours (SP)
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4 (10kms)

* Mt. Balingkilat

Subic, Zambales
Jumpoff: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4

* Mt. Balingkilat/Traverse to Anawangin Cove
Subic, Zambales
Entry point: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic
Exit point: Anawangin Cove (Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio)
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 5 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 1-3

* Mt. Cinco Picos

Subic, Zambales
Major jump-off: Sitio Cawag Settment, Subic
LLA: 14° 47' N 120° 9' E, 881 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 6-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3

* Mt. Cinco Picos/Traverse to Silanguin Cove

Subic, Zambales
Entry point: Sitio Cawag Settment, Subic
Exit point: Silanguin Cove, Pundaquit, Zambales
LLA: 14° 47' N 120° 9' E, 881 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 6-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

* Mt. Manalmon

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11'N; 121°1.22' E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2

* Mt. Natib

Orani, Bataan
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Tala, Orani
LLA: 14.7119 N; 120.3997 E; 1287 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 4-5.5 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-3

* Mt. Pinatubo

Tarlac, Zambales
Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
LLA: 15°8'35"N, 120°20'54"E, 960 MASL
Days required / Hours to crater: 1 day, 45 min 4x4 + 2 hrs hike
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1

* Mt. Samat

Pilar, Bataan
Jumpoff: Brgy. Diwa, Pilar
LLA: 553 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1, Historical trail

* Mt. Tapulao

Pilar, Bataan
Jumpoff: Brgy. Diwa, Pilar
LLA: 553 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1, Historical trail

* Mt. Tapulao/Tarlac-Zambales Traverse

Mayantoc, Tarlac and Palauig, Zambales
Entry point: Brgy. Labney, Mayantoc
Exit point: Brgy. Dampay-Salaza, Palauig
LLA: 15.4833 N, 120.1166 E, 2037 MASL
Days requires / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 14 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 8/9, Exploration, Trail class 1-4

* Nagsasa Cove via Mt. Nagsasa

Subic, Zambales
Major Jumpoff: Sitio San Martin, Subic
LLA: 14°49.03N, 120°06.25E, 450 MASL
Days required / Hours to cove: 1-2 days / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-2
Features: River crossing, beach

* Pantingan Peak: Bataan / 1300+m

* Tarak Ridge

Jump off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
LLA: 14°30.357′N, 120°30′E, 1,006 MASL (ridge); 1,130 MASL (peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3

 

 

 

Central Luzon - Mt Arayat

Central Luzon - Mt Balingkilat

Central Luzon - Mt Cinco Picos

Central Luzon - Mt Manalmon

Central Luzon - Mt Natib

Central Luzon - Mt Pinatubo

Central Luzon - Mt Samat

Central Luzon - Mt Tapulao

Central Luzon - Nagsasa Cove

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