Mt. Maculot

Wyatt in Mt. Maculot

Mount Maculot is located in Cuenca, Batangas and is one of the more popular day hikes near Manila. Over the years, beginners and experienced hikers alike have been drawn to this relatively easy but highly rewarding climb. Mount Maculot boasts three major attractions, namely the Rockies, its peak and the Grotto.

However, due to the large number of hikers flocking to this area, Mount Maculot is now a victim of commercialization and severe deforestation. Its paths are littered with garbage left by irresponsible hikers and indifferent locals. This is also not a very good place to spend overnight in due to the noisy campers, which wrecks the peaceful atmosphere around the mountain. This prompts future hikers to be more diligent in cleaning up after themselves and to do their best not to leave their marks on the trails.

Despite all this, Mount Maculot still retains its natural beauty through the rocky formations and natural trails around the mountain. Choose from the many different options as you explore all the wonders Mount Maculot has to offer. So, don’t miss out and make sure you give Mount Maculot a chance!​

Elevation: 930 m above sea level

Wyatt in Mt. Maculot
Wyatt in Mt. Maculot

Mount Maculot

Rockies Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Days needed to complete hike: 1 day

Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1 to 2 hours

Major jump-off point: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca, Batangas

This trail is the most used path in Mount Maculot. Most hikers choose to just visit the Rockies rather than to head up the peak. This is probably because of the fact that the view up the Rockies is already breathtaking. Once you arrive at the rocky formations, you will be greeted by the stunning view of the Taal Lake. Together with this comes the nice view of nearby mountain peaks and green islands. Hikers will also get a full view of the Taal Volcano from this viewpoint. 

Just a quick caution to inexperienced hikers, the trail up the Rockies can get steep and slippery at times. Just be careful and watch where you step to avoid unnecessary accidents. 

Grotto Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Days needed to complete hike: 1 day

Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 1 to 2 hours

Major jump-off point: Brgy. 5 "Singko", Cuenca, Batangas

For another short hike, hikers may opt to go up through the other side of the mountain. Several Stations of the Cross will guide you up to your destination until the end of the trail. After climbing the last few steps, the Grotto awaits diligent climbers. Explore a bit around the area and you can choose to have your lunch up there. Relish the nice sights of the peak looming over you. This is the perfect getaway if you only have a few hours to spare.

Rockies – Summit – Grotto Traverse Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Days needed to complete hike: 1 day

Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 2 to 3 hours

Starting point: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca, Batangas

Exit point: Brgy. 5 "Singko", Cuenca, Batangas

Ultimately, if you want to experience the most out of what Mount Maculot has to offer, you should definitely try out this traverse trail. It shows hikers all of the major attractions present in the mountain, starting from the iconic Rockies point. From the jump-off point, start your trek up the cemented road, through the small-forested areas until you reach the campsite. Once there, take the trail going to the Rockies first and explore around the area. After having your fill of the sights, continue on to the highest peak of the mountain.

Wyatt in Mt. Maculot
Wyatt in Mt. Maculot

The spectacular view offers a nice backdrop as you relax with the refreshing surroundings. You can even get a glimpse of the lake within Taal Volcano from your viewpoint up the summit! After the peak, start your descent on the other side of the mountain. This will lead you to, yet another attraction of Mount Maculot, the Grotto. Do last minute snapshots with your group and you’re set to end your adventure. There are some parts, which require hikers to use ropes when descending. Just enjoy the sights and make sure to create enough memories until you next climb!

How to Get There

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:

Mount Maculot

(Cuenca Poblacion – Barangay Outpost – Jump off points)

Mount Maculot is found in Cuenca, Batangas. For hikers coming from Manila, proceed to the bus terminal in Buendia or Cubao to ride a bus bound for Lemery. After around three hours, get off at Cuenca Poblacion. This is along the highway. Continue on to the registration site either on foot or by hiring a tricycle.

Another way to get to Cuenca from Manila is to take a Lipa bound bus. From Lipa city, take a jeepney heading to Cuenca. Follow the same steps by getting off by the highway along Cuenca Poblacion and proceeding to the registration site.

Lastly, hikers may choose to bring their own private transportation to get to the mountain. There are parking spaces available at the Mountaineers’ store by the jump-off point on the Rockies trail. Should you choose this alternative, be sure to get there early to avoid inconvenience when finding a parking spot. A lot of hikers tend to frequent this mountain especially during the weekends.​

Wyatt in Mt. Maculot
Wyatt in Mt. Maculot

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