Mountain climbing really isn’t an activity that’s for everyone. You’ll probably find it difficult to invite the couch potatoes, acrophobes, and those allergic to the sun (“Omg, ayaw ko umitim!”) to go on a hike with you. It’s not impossible, but it might take a lot of convincing, cajoling, and even bribery.
To help you out, here’s a rundown of the mountains in Batangas that are perfect for hiking! And yes, many of these mountains are beginner-friendly.
You see, Batangas is an ideal place for anyone seeking the best of mother nature without having to go super far from Metro Manila. You have its numerous beaches with fantastic views, diving spots with diverse marine life, and of course, tall, majestic mountains that aren’t always difficult to climb. In fact, some of these mountains rate 2/9 when it comes to difficulty!
1. Mt. Batulao
When you think of Nasugbu, chances are the first things that come to mind are the beaches and resorts that are perfect for sunny days. What many don’t know is that it’s also an ideal destination for hiking! Nasugbu is home to Mt. Batulao, which Roegan T. calls “one of the most convenient mountains to climb” in his looloo review.
Not only is it relatively close to Metro Manila, it’s also just a short trip away from another popular tourist destination, Tagaytay. We don’t know about you but a bulalo food trip sure sounds like a great reward after hiking Mt. Batulao!
Mt. Batulao itself brings great rewards for anyone who makes it to its summit. You’ll be treated to breathtaking 360° views of Batangas at the top, which takes two to four hours to reach. There are two trails you can choose to get to the summit. There’s the Old Trail, which has campsites numbered from one to ten. Be ready for a steep climb from campsite eight until you get to the summit. The New trail on the other hand is a shorter, mostly ascending hike that will eventually allow you to descend some peaks.
Many of our looloo app users choose to ascend Mt. Batulao through the New Trail and descend through the Old Trail. “The New Trail, as they said, was quite easier compared to the old trail. Having experienced it, I can say that the hike’s fairly easy and relaxed,” Steffhanie S. says in her looloo review. “The Old Trail was fairly easy too. There were just loads of rocky parts wherein you need to balance yourself a little more to avoid tripping. There was this part where we needed to rappel going down a muddy and slippery trail and we survived!”
Mt. Batulao can be found in Nasugbu, Batangas. Jump off point is at the Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu, Batangas.
2. Mt. Daguldol
If it’s a coastal mountain with a view of the beach you’re after, try Mt. Daguldol in the town of San Juan. You’ll immediately be greeted by the beautiful shores of the beach as you begin your hike on the trail. But as you go higher, you’ll have to trade the seascape for some woodland and greenery that are as picture-perfect.
It takes about five hours to get to the summit and though you can definitely conquer this mountain on a day hike, Jon B. recommends an overnight hike instead. “The first part of the trail is so hot,” he explains in his looloo review. “But I can say that this is one of my favorite mountains because of its alluring beauty. I recommend this mountain for newbies who want to commune with nature.”
Mt. Daguldol can be found in San Juan, Batangas. Jump off point is in Barangay Hugom, San Juan, Batangas.
3. Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Looking for a super quick hike that would only take you an hour or two to get to the summit? Well, we’re pretty sure Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Mabini, Batangas fits the bill! And with a difficulty of just 2/9, it’s perfect for those who are trying out hiking for the very first time.
“Being a novice hiker, this was a go-to place. I suggest coming here when it’s sunny so as to avoid having a slippery and muddy trail,” Will C. says in his looloo review. “The view at the top is worth it. But since there are a lot of livestock around, be very careful not step on something unusual!”
Now if you’re up for an adventure or you want to extend your stay in Mabini, the beaches and famous diving spots of Anilao are not far away! Sombrero Island and Maricaban Island are also nearby so the next time you plan on going on a hiking and beach trip, you know where to go!
Mt. Gulugod Baboy can be found in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Jump off point is at Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini.
4. Mt. Maculot
Difficulty 3/9 (Rockies)
Difficulty 4/9 (Traverse)
What makes Mt. Maculot a very interesting hike is actually the fact that it has three destinations you can visit. There’s the Rockies, a group of rock formations 706 meters above sea level (MASL) that provides a stunning view of Mt. Taal, Taal Lake, and the rest of Batangas. It takes one to two hours to reach the Rockies and understandably, many hikers already stop here. The traverse to Mt. Maculot’s two other destinations, the summit and the grotto, can end up being easier said than done if you’re not prepared for it.
The summit of Mt. Maculot stands at 930 MASL and can be reached after another hour or so. The trail is much steeper than the one leading to the Rockies and the only rest station you’ll encounter along the way is the so-called “7-Eleven” of the mountain. Here, you can find a variety of drinks and snacks. Even halo-halo!
Once you reach the summit, you can go to the grotto (otherwise known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes) from there. A popular destination among devotees and religious believers, it’s actually a good place to visit during the Holy Week because of its Stations of the Cross.
Mt. Maculot can be found in Cuenca, Batangas. Jump off point is at the Mountaineer’s Store, Barangay Siete, Cuenca, Batangas.
5. Mt. Manabu
Another noob-friendly mountain, Mt. Manabu (or Manabu Peak) is part of the Malinpuyo Mountain Range. Standing at 760 MASL, it will take you around an hour or so to hike to the summit, which resembles a well-maintained meadow with fantastic views of the rest of the mountain range, as well as other nearby mountains such as Mt. Maculot.
There are only a handful of assaults that hikers will encounter along the way, making this a relatively easy hike. But it’s definitely not one you should underestimate! Some of these assaults are rather steep and you’ll also have to cross a river at some point!
Mt. Manabu can be found in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Jump off point is at Sulok, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
6. Mt. Naguiling
Formerly known simply as Mt. Lobo, Mt. Naguiling is the highest peak of the Lobo-San Juan Mountain Range. Classified as a major hike that can be completed in one or two days, it can take you from four to seven hours to reach the mountain’s summit.
The trail leading to the summit is sure to be an interesting one. Those who love coconuts in particular will enjoy seeing the the coconut trees lining the trail. You can even ask your guide to climb one to get you a coconut you can drink from!
At 1,007 MASL, Mt. Naguiling’s summit boasts of Instagram-worthy views of Batangas, the Verde Island passage, and even Mindoro! So make sure your cameras are ready so you can snap away!
Mt. Naguiling can be found in Lobo, Batangas. Jump off point is in Barangay Jaybanga, Lobo, Batangas.
7. Mt. Talamitam
Considered as the sister mountain of Mt. Batulao, Mt. Talamitam is yet another mountain that is perfect for those hiking for the first time. It’s a bald mountain and the lack of trees can make the trek up to the summit very hot. It’s recommended that you start hiking either very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
But if you ask us, it’s probably better to go with the latter. Why? It actually has something to do with how this mountain got its name!
“Mt. Talamitam got its name from the Filipino word tala which means star,” Katrina F. narrates in her looloo review. “According to our guide, at night, the brightest star would appear exactly above the peak of the mountain.”
The trip up to the summit will take a little over two hours so time it in such a way that you can see the sprinkle of stars in the night sky once you reach the top!
Mt. Talamitam can be found in Nasugbu, Batangas. Jump off point is in Sitio Bayabasan, Barangay Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas.