MT. MACULOT
Cuenca, Batangas
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
(As seen in pinoymountaineer.com)
Last Saturday, February 28, I was given the chance to do another hike in Mt. Maculot with my friends, cousins and with my cousin’s friends. It was another first for me that day since it was my first time to ride the bus going to Batangas. So I was able to experience how to commute going to provincial areas. Due to this bus trip, we were able to meet 3 new fellow mountain climbers. They were supposed to be climbing to Mt. Batulao but eventually, they decided to join us.
Mt. Maculot is not a walk in the park. You will be really needing physical strength due to the full ascent plus there’s a part that you will have to climb rocks in order to reach the rockies. Due to the full ascent of this mountain, there are mini sari-sari stores located in the mountain. There is even a 7-11 store by the campsite where you can buy drinks and halo-halo.
From the campsite, there are two trails. One trail leads to the rockies and the other leads to the summit. We decided to only go through the rockies since going to the summit is more harder and expensive compared to the rockies.
Below are the following information one has to remember when climbing Mt. Maculot :
THINGS TO BRING:
  • 1.5 – 2 L of water (I suggest you bring 2 bottles of 2L of water)
  • Energy Drinks (Pocari Sweat, Gatorade, etc.)
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Protective Sleeves (if you do not want to get dark since it is very hot if you are by the rockies already)
  • Hiking gloves (optional but highly recommended)
  • Food (trail snacks and lunch)
  • Trekking Pole (optional but highly recommended)
  • Extra clothes
  • Camera
  • Towel and/or tissue (if you want to feel fresh after a day’s hike)
  • Alcohol
EXPENSES
155 – Jam Liner Kamuning – Cuenca, Batangas
20 – tricycle ride to drop off point
20 – registration
5 – urinate
40 – gatorade
55 – halo-halo
30 – mountain dew
5 – change clothes
80 – local guide (per person in a group of 11)
500 – tip to my hiker friend for helping and guiding me in this mountain
30 – dinner (per person in a group of 11)
30 – tricycle ride back to drop off point for buses
25 – jeepney ride to SM Lipa, Batangas
132 – back to Kamuning
TOTAL : 1,100PHP 
NOTE : Original expense is 600php if I didn’t ask help from my hiker friend
ITINERARY (Note: You can change your itinerary from time to time)
4:30am – Meet up in Jam Liner Kamuning
5am – ETD at Kamuning
8am – ETA at Cuenca, Batangas
8:45am – Start of trek
11:30am – Lunch by the campsite
12:30pm – Continue trek to the rockies
1:00pm – Arrival at the Rockies
2:45pm – Descend from the Rockies
5:45pm Arrival at the jump off point
8:00pm – ETD at SM Lipa, Batangas
10:30pm – ETA at Kamuning
FAQ’s
Do I need a guide?
Ever since the news of a girl climber fell from the rockies, it became a MUST for all hikers to have a guide. To get as a guide, please look for Kuya Ambet since he was our local guide.
How do I go to Mt. Maculot?
Take the bus (Jam Liner Kamuning) then tell them you’ll be going to Cuenca, Batangas and to be dropped off at Poblacion (the town center). From then on, you can take the tricycle to be dropped off at the barangay station to pay for the registration fee and to be dropped off at the jump off point to Mt. Maculot.
If via private transportation, “Take SLEX, then Star Tollway, take the Lipa exit and head towards Cuenca via the highway to the left. Turn right on a fork, and go straight to Cuenca Poblacion. Turn right upon reaching the market area; it is easy to ask around for where the Mountaineer’s Store is. Take note that there are two jumpoffs, one for the Rockies and one for the Grotto. There is some parking spaces near the Mountaineer’s Store and you can also bring your vehicle through the first kilometer of the trail. As of 2013, there have been parking spaces (for a fee) installed by the locals up to the very end of the cement road.” (via pinoymountaineer.com)
Is this mountain hard?
From what I have read in other blogs, this mountain can be considered to be an easy day hike. But during my experience, I would not consider it to be an easy hike. It is full ascent meaning you will gradually go up til you reach the rockies. For those who are not used to very steep trails, there are places in the mountain where you can take a rest.
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Start of our ascent
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CAMERA : iTouch 5 & Go Pro Hero 3

NOTE : Got some photos from Isabela Mariano, Katrina Mariano, Jas Lidasan etc.

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