Mt. Maculot Day Hike Traverse – Itinerary & Guide

Mt Maculot

Mt. Maculot is one of the popular destinations among seasoned hikers and newbies. It has a breath taking view at the Rockies which will give you the panorama view of Taal Lake. Kulot is a Tagalog word that means “curly”. It was said that the mountain was named Mt. Maculot due to the curly-haired Aetas who once lived in this mountain.

Mt. Maculot Itinerary

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.
Source: Pinoymountaineer

Me and my sister was invited by her friends to join them in their hike to traverse Mt. Maculot. The group chooses the traverse trail to get the full beauty of the mountain. This mountain has three parts : THE ROCKIES that elevates at 706 MASL, known as the “sub-summit”. Second, THE SUMMIT which elevates at 930 MASL and the third is THE GROTTO at the traverse part of the mountain.

We registered at the Brgy. Hall, where we listed our names, address and contact numbers. We also paid for the registration fee of Php 20.00 per head. It is also required to have a guide for the hiker’s safety. After all the preparations before we started the trek.

The first part of the trail is like walking in the park. It’s a 20 minutes cemented road. After that the challenging part came- the trail becomes an uphill climb. It is a seventy-degree assault. Good thing there’s a lot of stop-overs where we took our time resting as we catch our breaths. There were parts of the trail, where we need to pull ourselves a rope.

After hours of a painstaking assault, we reached the campsite. Then our local guide told us that we need to wait before heading to the Rockies because of the line of hikers taking turns. So, while waiting, we decided to eat out lunch. I am actually amazed that there’s a store here that sells instant pancit canton. They will serve it to you hot and and newly cooked.😂

After waiting for thirty minutes, our group starts to descend on a very steep trail going to the Rockies. Please be careful when going to the rockies because according to Mt. Maculot’s past history, there are several hiking-related accidents that occurred within the mountain. Two hikers fall from the Rockies and it resulted in death.

Mt. Maculot

THE ROCKIES

This is the famous part of the mountain. It has a breath taking view. The picture below is at the other side of the Rockies. It will give you the view of Taal Lake. It is very mesmerizing. The cool wind blowing which is so relaxing.

Mt. Maculot

Mt. Maculot Summit

From the campsite, we headed east this time to start the climb to the summit. We started at a flat surface with overgrown grasses. After that, it became more elevated and inclined. But it is more forgiving than the trail earlier going to the campsite. In here are huge uprooted trees blocking the way which you can pass through by slipping under or hopping over it. Any way, the view from the summit is rewarding – a 360 degree view of the beautiful province of Batangas.

Mt. Macult masl

THE GROTTO

From the summit, we decided to descend going to the Grotto. This is the last part of the traverse.

Mt. Maculot

How to go to Mt. Maculot?

Take a bus going to Lemery, Batangas.
You can take Jam Liner or other buses near LRT Buendia Station.
Get off at Cuenca, Batangas.
Ride Tricycle going to the Jump-off
Travel Time : 2-3 hours
Fare: Php 147

Expenses :
Bus from Buendia to Cuenca – Php 147
Tricycle going to the Jump-off – Php 20
Registration – Php 20
Guide Day Hike Traverse – Php 800 for 5 pax

Itinerary:
04:00 AM – ETD bound for Lemery, Batangas
06:30 AM – ETA in Cuenca, Batangas, take tricycle to jump-off
06:40 AM – Prepare for trek, register and secure guide
07:00 AM – Start trek
09:00 AM – ETA at the Rockies
10:30 AM – ETA at the summit, lunch and rest
12:30 PM – ETA at the Grotto
02:00 PM – Jump-off
03:00 PM – ETD to Manila

After the tiring climb, don’t forget to try the famous Lomi in Batangas.

Batangas Lomi

Check out our Mt. Batulao Dayhike Guide and Itinerary.

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