Days needed to complete hike: 1 to 2 days
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 5 to 6 hours
Jump-off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
Elevation: 1,130 m above sea level
A popular trail up Mount Mariveles, Tarak Ridge features rocky, steep and grassy landscapes. The trek up itself provides a wonderful view and exciting experience already. First you will pass through grasslands with wide paths. After sometime, you will reach Papaya River where you can choose to stop and rest for a while. You may also opt to set up camp there as it's near the water source.
Next, hikers will have a change of scenery as they enter a forest with steeper paths. Continue on until you reach Tarak Ridge. This is where some hikers would spend the night. Another optional attraction would be a hike up to the summit. The scenic peak shows a nice view of nearby islands, including Manila Bay and Corregidor. It will only take a few hours and you can watch the sunset on your way back.
A usual reminder on the weather up Tarak Ridge is the strong wind. When setting up camp, make sure to exercise extra precaution. Secure your tents, anchor anything that is in danger of being blown away. As for guides, the barangay office in-charge allows climbers to go up without one. Just be sure to listen to final reminders in the barangay hall and you’re set to go!
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:
This journey starts in Bataan, Mariveles. From Mariveles, take a mini bus to barangay Alas-asin. Manila hikers do have the option to ride a bus that passes directly to barangay Alas-asin instead of stopping in the city proper.
In Barangay Alas-asin, stop by at the barangay hall and secure necessary permits. Final reminders and arrangements will be given here. You may also hire a guide if you want. After everything, you are ready to go on your adventure!