Mount Mabilog is located within San Pablo and Nagcarlan, Laguna. It is one of the rolling peaks that surround the province. It got its name from the rounded plateau situated at the peak of the mountain. Other higher peaks and large lakes surround the mountain area and one will definitely feel closer to nature in this hike.
This mountain features three different trails, offering hikers more options to choose from. Nevertheless, whichever trail you decide to pursue, wonderful sights will greet you from either sides of your path. Mount Mabilog is near serene lakes and beautiful mountains. Hikers will find themselves surrounded by banana trees and overgrown fields. The path will get a bit steeper as you near the peak.
Once you reach the summit, the scenic view of nearby peak will greet you. Mount Banahaw and Mount Cristobal are among the many mountains included in the view. The different lakes, such as Yambo and Pandin, add to the incredible view of nature. Also, the wide field on the peak serves as a great place to relax and enjoy as a reward after your climb. The refreshing mountain air will cool you down and refresh you before you descend the mountain.
It is important to note that some of the trails are not well established. Meaning, the trails tend to get muddy and tricky to navigate through, especially during the rainy season. However, by getting a guide and exercising proper caution, the climb remains relatively easy and relaxing. Make sure to check the climate before your trek to avoid harsh weather conditions. Bring necessary protection, such as insect repellent and appropriate clothing to ensure safety while on your journey. After all that, you’re set to take on Mount Mabilog! Also, try to make time for some side trips nearby. There are several attractions that you might want to visit after your descent. Bunga falls and the underground cemetery are just a few sights to discover within the province!
Elevation: 441 m above sea level
Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1 to 2 hours
These are the top three trails used to hike up Mount Mabilog. Hikers may choose to go up using one and descent through another. All trails are relatively easy and may be taken on by beginner hikers.
Major jump-off point: Purok 3 (Sandig), Brgy. Sta. Catalina, San Pablo, Laguna
This trail starts you off with a line of coconut trees down your path. It is positioned in the western part of the mountain. You leave the cemented road and make your way through the muddy terrain. You will pass by a house and eventually reach the path up the summit.
Major jump-off point: Lake Pandin, Brgy. Sto. Angel, San Pablo, Laguna
Sto. Angel, the southern trail, is the more popular path among the three. By choosing to go through this trail, hikers will pass through the many lakes that grace the mountain. It will pass through both Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo.
Major jump-off point: Brgy. Sulsuguin, Nagcarlan, Laguna
This last trail starts off from Lake Yambo shore in the eastern part of the mountain. A pretty straightforward path until you reach the summit, you will pass through the same terrain as the other trails. It is closer to the Bunga Falls and is usually taken when descending from the mountain.
It’s important to plan your trip in advance to make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go on the day itself. Here are some ways to get to your destination:
Since Mount Mabilog is located in Laguna, Manila hikers must travel south in order to get on with this trek. Take a Lucena bound bus and it will take around 2 and a half hours before you reach San Pablo City. Once there, follow the following steps to reach your chosen jump-off point.
For the Sta. Catalina trail, take a tricycle from the bus terminal to where jeepneys bound for Ilog are. Take a jeepney to Purok 3, Barangay Sta. Catalina.
For the Sto. Angel trail, take a tricycle from the bus terminal to where jeepneys bound for Nagcarlan are. Take a jeepney to Lake Pandin, Barangay Sto. Angel.
For the Sulsuguin trail, take a tricycle from the bus terminal to where jeepneys bound for Nagcarlan are. Once you get off at Nagcarlan, take another trike to the jump-off point in Lake Yambo, Barangay Sulsuguin.
Local guides are optional but are highly recommended. Even though this is usually done as a day hike, there are many different ways and a guide will make everything more safe and convenient. You may hire one from the barangay hall or from the locals living near the jump-off points.