Christine of jovialwanderer.com invited me to join their dayhike to Mt. Maculot on a Saturday (January 14, 2012). I actually have a lot of school works (thesis, reports, midterm exams) to finish on that day but my instinct told me to have a break, have a dayhike. Besides I really am looking for cheap, quick and easy hikes around the nearby provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, so this climb to Mt. Maculot is a great opportunity for me to practice my budding hiking skills. And so I joined their climb to Mt. Maculot...
Our call time at KFC LRT-Buendia was 5:30am, I arrived at 6am (30mins late and the last to arrive, nakakahiya). We boarded a bus bound for Lemery, Batangas as it will pass by our destination, Cuenca, Batangas. The fare was only P147 and it's just roughly a 3 hour ride.
The bus dropped us in front of the Arch of the Town of Cuenca where tricycles are already waiting for prospective Maculot hikers. Christine asked the driver to drop us at the Rockies jump-off (one of the two main jump-offs). The tricycle brought us first to the registration area (we registered and paid P10) before we headed to the Rockies jump-off.
Around 9:20 am, we reached Ate Thelma's eatery/shower station, we drained our bladders there before we started walking the trail to the Rockies. One of us, ate Jules, went to Maculot for a marathon training so she went off about 15 minutes ahead of us.
Climb to Maculot (Rockies)
By 9:30 am, we started the trek. The trail is entirely uphill, but it's way much easier and shorter than my first trail in Mt. Daguldol. There's no forking trail at Maculot (Rockies) so getting lost on the trail is highly unlikely to happen. About 3/4 of the trail, I was surprised when came across ate Jules who was now descending back to the mountain's foot, she told me that I'm nearing the camp site. I walked for about 10 minutes more, and vwalla, I reached the camp site (I arrived at 10:35 am, an hour and 5 minutes climb). I bought a bottle of ice cold softdrink (P35) as a reward for myself while I wait for Christine and her cousin to reach the campsite.
|there's a tindahan on the camp site|
|andaming campers nung umakyat kami at nag-triple pa ang dami nila bago kami bumaba.|
From the camp site, we trekked again for about 10 minutes into the Rockies.
|the next time I'll climb Maculot, it will be on that summit.|
|awesome view isn't it?|
|nakarating na kami ni ate Jules sa tuktok, there's Christine and ate Len about to climb the Rockies|
|according to them, this site is the best for Maculot Photo Op|
|Pan-shot of Taal Lake seen from the Rockies|
At first I thought we're already done with the Rockies, but I was wrong. We still went down to the so called "dila ng Maculot" (according to Dermin).
|me and Christine at the "dila ng Maculot"|
|nakaka-lula ito, sobra.|
|our group, me, ate Jules, ate Len and co-blogger Christine|
We started the descent at 12:20 PM, (FASTFORWARD>>>)
Touch down, by 1:30 PM, we're back to Ate Thelma's eatery to get our Halo-Halo reward (P30). We ate lunch first before proceeding to our side trip Taal Lake via Sitio Lumampaw.
Side Trip to Lumampaw
By 3:00 PM, we started the looooong walk to Lumampaw. From the Rockies Jump-off, we walked 5 mins along a concrete road, then down to a thousand steps Lumampaw. It was a test of endurance, I really felt pain in my gastroc and thigh part. But when we finally reached Lumampaw and saw Taal Lake up close (for the first time), I simply forgot all the pain and exhaustion.
|long way down, a tiring one|
|pan-shot of Taal Lake|
We then rode a tricycle back to the main road where we hopped into a jeep bound for Lipa City.
For the itinerary and budget, check out this post: Climb Itinerary | Mt. Maculot (Rockies) with Sidetrip to Sitio Lumampaw
For my traverse climb, check out this link: Mt. Maculot Traverse - Grotto to Rockies