Hike Islands Philippines

Southern Tagalog Mountains

 

South of Manila, this region is packed with mountains and outdoor destinations that are highly accessible from the metropolis. Thus, most weekend climbs are held in this region, and it virtually accounts for nearly half of climbs done in the country. Mt. Maculot, Mt. Makiling, and Mt. Batulao are the more popular ones; spotgs such as Pagsanjan Falls and Taal Volcano are swarmed with tourists besides. And yet, the region deserves its popularity because of the variety and beauty of its places. After just an easy trek one may enjoy the beauty of Taal Lake within, in Taal Volcano, or outside, from Mt. Maculot.

The waterfalls, most of which are detailed in PinoyMountaineer, are very easy trips and are very refreshing. Meanwhile, the most formidable climb in the area is a trek up Mt. Banahaw, a sacred mountain rising over 2000 MASL. It is of cultural and ethnoreligious interest as well.

 

* Gulugod Baboy

Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42'55"N; 120°53'43"E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2


* Manabu Peak

Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 13.9777°, 121.2413°, 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2


* Mt. Banahaw

Quezon Province
Major jump-off: Brgy. Kinabuhayan, Dolores
Elevation: 2158 MASL
Days required /Hours to summit: Level 2-3 days / 6-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3


* Mt. Banahaw de Lucban

Lucban, Quezon
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Ayuti, Lucban, Quezon
LLA: 14°04'N 121°30'E 1875 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3


* Mt. Batulao

Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault


* Mts. Buntis & Mt. Nagpatong

Maragondon, Cavite
Jump-off: Kaingin Hanging Bridge, Maragondon
LLA: 14°16'14"N; 120°44'30"E; 100+ MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half day / 1-1.5 hours (either)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1-2, Historical trails


* Mt. Cristobal

Dolores, Quezon; San Pablo and Nagcarlan, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon
LLA: 14.064° N 121.428° E, 1470 MASL (600m gain)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3


* Mt. Cristobal Traverse Trails

Quezon and Laguna
Entry point: Sitio Parang, Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores
Exit point (1): Sitio Awas, Brgy. Sta. Elena, San Pablo City
Exit point (2): Brgy. Tala, Rizal, Laguna
Exit point (3): Brgy. Malaya, Nagcarlan, Laguna
LLA: 14.064° N 121.428° E, 1470 MASL (600m gain)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3-4


* Mt. Daguldol

San Juan, Batangas
Major jump-off: Brgy. Hugom, San Juan
LLA: 13°40.380N 121°19.160E, 672 MASL (+ 672 m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


* Mt. Kalisungan

Calauan, Laguna
Jump-off point: Erais Farms, Brgy. Lamot, Calauan
LLA: 14° 08.790N; 121° 20.683E; 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2.5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-2


* Mt. Maculot

Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Brgy. Poblaction, Cuenca
LLA: 13°55'15"N; 121°2'30"E; 685 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-3


* Mt. Makiling/UPLB Trail

Los Baños, Laguna
Major Jump-off: Station 1, UP College of Forestry
LLA: 14.13°N 121.20°E, 1090 MASL (Peak 2)
Hours to summit / days required: 1-2 days / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3


* Mt. Makiling/Traverse from Sto. Tomas

Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off: Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 14.13°N 121.20°E, 1090 MASL (Peak 2)
Hours to Peak 2 / days required: 1-2 days / 7-8 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with roped segments


* Mt. Malipunyo

Batangas and Laguna
Entry point: Brgy. Talisay, Lipa
Exit point: Brgy. Atisan, San Pablo City
Elevation: 1005 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 2-3


* Mt. Marami

Maragondon, Cavite
Jump-off point: Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite
LLA: 405 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


* Mt. Pinagbanderahan / Bantakay Falls

Quezon National Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon
Major jumpoff: Barangay Malinao Ilaya, Atimonan, Quezon
LLA: 366 MASL
Trail class: Minor, Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1-2
Features: Historical site, national park, waterfalls


* Mt. Romelo

Siniloan, Laguna
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Macatad, Upland Siniloan
Elevation: 300 MASL
Days required / hours to summit: 1 day, 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail Class 1


* Mt. Tagapo

Talim Island, Laguna de Bay
Major jump-off: Brgy. Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
LLA 14.32° N 121.23° E, 438 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2


* Mt. Talamitam

Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)
LLA: 14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 with steep assault (100m)


* Mt. Sembrano

Pililia, Rizal
Major jump-off: Brgy. Hall of Malaya, Pililla
LLA: 14°23'10"N; 121°21'57" E; 745 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


* Pico de Loro

Ternate, Cavite
Major jump-off: Magnetic Hill, Ternate
LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


* Taal Volcano

Batangas Province
Jump-off point: Talisay, Batangas
LLA: 14°00.1' N, 120°59.1' E, 311 MASL
Days required / Time to summit: Half-day, 45 minutes
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1, Trail length: 1.7kms


* Tatlong Krus (Mt. Humarap)

Paete, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Ilaya Norte, Paete
Height of waterfalls: 20-25 meters
Hours to summit / days required: 45 mins / half day
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 1/9, Trail Class 1


* Tayak Hill

Rizal, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Tala, Rizal;
LLA: 14.0688 N 121.420 E (approx); 560 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half day / 1.5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1

 

WATERFALLS
* Ambon-Ambon Falls

Laurel, Batangas
Height: 60 meters (estimate)
Jump-off point: Las Haciendas Estates, Laurel
Trail length: 20-30 minutes
Specs: Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1-2


* Batlag Falls

Tanay, Rizal

Height: 10 meters
Jump off point: Brgy. Plaza Aldea, Municipality of Tanay
Trail length: 10 minutes


* Bunga Falls

Nagcarlan, Laguna
Height: 15 meters
Jump-off point: Brgy. Bunga, Nagcarlan, Laguna
Trail length: 5-10 minutes


* Buntot Palos (Hidden Falls)

Pangil, Laguna
Height: 80 meters
Jump-off point: Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna
Trail length: 2-3 hours


* Daranak Falls

Tanay, Rizal
Height: 14 meters
Jump off point: Brgy. Plaza Aldea, Municipality of Tanay
Trail length: 5 minutes


* Hinulugang Taktak

Antipolo City, Rizal
Height: 12 meters
Jump off point: Hinulugang Taktak National Park, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City
Trail length: 5 minutes


* Magdapio (Pagsanjan) Falls

Cavinti, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Tibatib, Cavinti
Height of waterfalls: 90 meters
Time to waterfalls / Days required: 60 mins / 1 day
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 1/9, Trail Class 1 with soft rappelling involved


* Taytay (Imelda) Falls

Majayjay, Laguna
Height: 12 meters
Jump-off point: Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna
Trail length: 10 minutes (to first waterfall); 30 minutes (to final waterfall)

 

LAKES
* The Seven Lakes of San Pablo

San Pablo City, Laguna
Major jumpoff: San Pablo Plaza (Poblacion)
Days required / Trekking time: 1 day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 1/9, Trail class 1-2

 

NATIONAL PARKS
* Quezon National Forest Park

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Gulugod Baboy

 

Southern Tagalog - Manabu Peak

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Banahaw

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Batulao

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Cristobal

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Daguldul

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Kalisungan

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Maculot

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Makiling

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Malipunyo

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Marami

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Pinagbanderahan

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Malipunyo

 

Southern Tagalog - Mt Malipunyo

 

Southern Tagalog - Ambon Ambon Falls

 

Southern Tagalog - Bunga Falls

 

Southern Tagalog - Daranak Falls

 

Southern Tagalog - Magdapio Falls

 

Southern Tagalog - Magdapio Falls


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Philippine Top Mountains to Climb: Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite, Mount Daguldol, Batangas, Mount Pinatubo, Zambales, Mount Ugu, Benguet, Mount Pulag, Benguet, Mount Mariveles, Tarak Ridge, Bataan, Mount Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon, Mount Apo, Davao del Sur, Mount Kanla-on, Negros Occidental, Mount Guiting-Guiting, Romblon, Mt. Banahaw, Quezon, Mt. Makiling, Laguna

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