“Mt. Lubog” it got into my curiosity when my friend told me she wanted to go to that mountain. What’s with it’s name “lubog”? So I immediately did some research and found out that it’s a mountain in Rodriguez, Rizal having different limestone formations at its summit. Then I told myself. Ahh, maybe that’s where it got its name. Little did I know, that the habal-habal ride going to Sitio Lubog would make an impression to me as to why it was named Lubog. 😂
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
How to go to Mt. Lubog?
We left Manila early in the morning at around 3 AM. We rode FX in Cubao going to Rodriguez, Rizal. The fare is Php 50.00 each. When we reached the Gas Station in Rodriguez Rizal, we immediately looked for a Habal-Habal driver that would bring us to Sitio Puray Brgy.Lubog.
This blog is better explained in pictures so you’ll be able to see what awaits you when you decide to go.
Now comes the real action!
We were actually enjoying the habal habal ride during the cemented pathway until we reached the part where our butts started to hurt because of the uneven and rocky road. That’s when I realized why it was called lubog. Truly enough, the road is lubog lubog. 🙂
There were even parts where we needed to get off the habal habal because it couldn’t go through with us on uneven, muddy, and inclined roads. I can only imagine how difficult it would be when it rains. So, the best time to visit here is during the summer.
After five minutes of walking and another 15 minutes habal habal ride again, we finally reached the part where we registered and hired a tour guide. A small Kubo house where we paid Php 50.00 each for the registration fee and Php 1000.00 for the tour guide fee.
That habal habal ride doesn’t end there, because we rode another 20 minutes. With twice the intensity from the first ride – a more inclined and rough road.
We started the trek at around 7 AM. The trail is not that technical but it can really be muddy when raining.
Mt. Lubog Summit
At around 11 AM, we finally reached the summit. Bringing gloves can be a big help because the summit is full of different limestone formations. Really beautiful.
This is us taking a little rest. There’s a little tree cover enough to hide us from direct sunlight.
We started to descend at around 12:30 PM. The trail back is along Panintingan Falls so we decided to take a dip.
We stayed and enjoyed the water for an hour. We really enjoyed our Mt. Lubog adventure. What surprises me most is that – when ask something about Mt. Lubog, what I will remember is the habal-habal ride.
It is definitely worth a visit. Thanks to Ate Kat, Dan, Ivann, and Iris.
Mt. Lubog Itinerary
04:00 AM – Depart from Cubao, Quezon City
05:00 AM – ETA Total Gas Station in San Rafael, Montalban. Take habal-habal going to Mt. Lubog registration area
06:00 AM – Take habal-habal to Bgry. Puray
08:00 AM – ETA Brgy. Puray, Registration, and acquiring of local guide
08:30 AM – Resume habal-habal ride
09:00 AM – Start ascent
10:45 AM – ETA summit (955m)
12:00 PM – Start descent
01:30 PM – Panintingan Falls
03:00 PM – Back to the rough road; take habal-habal
05:00 PM – ETA Brgy. San Rafael. Take the van to Cubao
Cubao (UV Express) to Total Gas Station, Montalban – P50
Round trip Habal-habal to Mt. Lubog registration – P1000/4-5persons
Registration/Environmental fee – P50/person
Guide fee – P1000 (group of 5)
Montalban to Cubao (UV Express) – P50
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