Again, there were only three of us, girls, in this climb. And just like the Mt. Palay Palay (Pico de Loro) hike, we didn't hire a guide, though we were all first-timers in Mt. Maculot. Since June was a rainy month, I expected rain. But the weather could be just as unpredictable as it could be and so far, our Mt. Maculot climb had been the best in terms of the clearing and the views. It had been memorable because we were blessed with an unobstructed view of Taal Lake.
Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas is one of the mountains recommended for newbie mountaineers since the trail is relatively easy and there are no extremely steep parts. The most remarkable feature of this mountain is the "Rockies" - a part which consisted of boulders and offers the best view of Taal Lake. The "Rockies", at 706 meters above sea level, is an even more popular end destination than the summit itself. During our climb, we did not push through going to the summit since fellow climbers that we met on the path, as well as a local told us that the trail to the summit was unkempt and quite unsafe because of some obstructions. Nonetheless, a Mt. Maculot climb is actually not about having to reach the highest point but being able to reward yourself with a fantastic and breathtaking view combined with the calmness and coolness of the wind that makes you feel one with nature - the exact reason why I love mountaineering so much though it's extremely exhausting.
I met with my friend at Jam Liner Cubao at 5:00 AM, and boarded a bus bound for Lipa. We paid a fare of P 150, and got down at an intersection where we had to ride a jeep (with fare of P 28/head) to Cuenca Town Hall. We bought our lunch at an eatery along the highway. Mt. Maculot could already be clearly seen from the road to Cuenca Town Hall. The Town Hall looked and felt creepy when we arrived as we were the only persons there while we waited for another friend. When our friend arrived, we rode a tricycle to the jump-off point (worth P 30 fare). Along the way, we were approached by a man who asked for our registration details and payment. Registration fee for Mt. Maculot is P 10/head.
|view from Maculot part 1|
|view from Maculot part 2|
|view from Maculot part 3|
|view from Maculot part 4|
|where we bought our lunch|
|Mt. Maculot's view from the road to Cuenca Town Hall|
|Cuenca Town Hall|
|the marker at the start of the trail|
|photo taken as we were starting our trek|
|at a marker somewhere along the trail|
|creatures like him is not uncommon in Mt. Maculot|
|thick grass somewhere on the trail (I got cut!)|
|same photo, different angle (and different camera)|
|scenic view of Mt. Maculot|
|take five at a bench somewhere in the trail|
|take five even if there were no benches around|
We trekked further, being amazed and preoccupied with the view of Taal Lake on our way up. Hence, we reached the Rockies before we knew it. Since we were blessed with a very good weather, we were able to spend much time on the Rockies - just relaxing and enjoying the view (and taking photos, of course).
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 1|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 2|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 3|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 4|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 5|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 6|
|Taal Lake view from Mt. Maculot Part 7|
|Enjoying the Rockies of Maculot Part 1|
|Enjoying the Rockies of Maculot Part 2|
|Enjoying the Rockies of Maculot Part 3|
|Enjoying the Rockies of Maculot Part 4|
|This is Freedom. (angle 1)|
|This is freedom. (angle 2)|
|This is freedom. (angle 3)|
|they instantly became the most unforgettable part of our journey|
Wear an arm guard and pants (or any light material that could cover/protect your skin) because the grass are sharp (I got cuts all over my arms after the climb).