Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 30 mins to 1 hour
Major jump-off point: Barangay Tala, Rizal, Laguna
Elevation: 560 m above sea level
If you’re looking for a relaxing and quick hike for the weekend, look no further than Tayak Hill. Located deep within Laguna, this hike is perfect for a refreshing day trip. The grassy slope is extremely easy to trek in, even for non-hikers. Various flowers are scattered by green grasslands you will pass through. Plus, the view up at the peak is highly rewarding in itself.
The peak is marked with a large white cross and a small wooden cross. It offers a nice view of the surrounding cities below like San Pablo. This, together with the various lakes snaking below and the perfect backdrop of nearby mountains, is enough to make hikers feel relaxed as they settle for a short rest at the top of the hill. The cool breeze provides a much-needed refresher, especially if you’ve been walking under the sun. Try to catch the sunset because it is truly magnificent to watch it go down from a height.
The Rizal trail is the most popular and most accessible trail to date. The cemented path is well established, making the trek extremely straightforward. Follow the path and take a right on the one fork you will encounter near the top. Although there are other trails leading up the peak, it is not highly recommended. These are unofficial and yet to be established paths.
Tayak Hill, with its natural beauty, only serves as a quick hike. Make sure to couple your trip with many side trips to maximize your time in the area. Hikers might want to continue on to Bunga Falls or some of the lakes surrounding the area. Another great option is to make this trek a side trip as you hike up taller mountains located in Laguna!
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:
Tayak Hill is located in San Pablo, Laguna. From Manila take a bus bound for Lucena. In 2 to 3 hours, you will reach San Pablo. From the stop, take a trike to the jeepney terminal and ride one bound for Nagcarlan. Get off when you reach the elementary school at Rizal, Laguna. Proceed directly to the jump-off point, as this trek does not require any permits or local guides.
Another alternative is to bring your own car. There are parking spaces available at the start of the trail. This is much more convenient considering this is a very short trek. For riders, note that this is also a good place to ride your motorbikes and bicycles! It is accessible to those who want to go on a road trip and see the sights Tayak Hill has to offer.