Our Mt. Maculot climb was no sweat. In fact, I felt like a cheated for having such an awesome view for an easy climb.
A lot of people think mountain climbing is a feat. It may be so. I am a beginner myself only this year, having climbed 9 mountains in four months only. Do I think it’s a feat? Maybe. But not an impossible one at that!
One of the most beginner-friendly mountains is Mt. Maculot located in Cuenca, Batangas. Together with Travel Tipid group, we scaled the mountain characterized by plenty of food/water stops and gentle slopes. It was more of hiking than climbing, really.
The Three Destinations of Mt. Maculot
Mt. Maculot is a whopping 947 meters above sea level — the second highest point in the province. However, the jump-off point is already on a escalated level that it only takes about 2-3 hours to the summit.
What makes Mt. Maculot all the more inviting is the various options to go to the Rockies, the peak and traverse to the Grotto. For this dayhike, we opted to go to the Rockies only. The climb was almost too easy, too comfortable. In no time, we made it to the campsite.
Soon, we started scaling the famous Mt. Maculot Rockies at 706 meters above sea level — passing through patches of tall grass and scrambling up rocks while occasionally looking back at the view.
Glassy Lakes and Rocky Cliffs
The view from the Mt. Maculot Rockies was absolutely breathtaking. Overlooking Taal Lake, Taal Volcano and its crater. Water appears to be a sheet of smooth glass from the top and the lush greenery and dense forests seemed surreal. The summit of Mt. Maculot can be seen from the rockies and is only a few minutes’ difference from the campsite.
For a relatively sweat-free climb and a clear view of the Taal Lake and the province of Batangas, Mt. Maculot and the rockies is a perfect introduction to the rewards of mountain climbing.
I hope you stop wishing and start packing for your first mountain climb!