Saturday - March 16, 2013
Getting to San Felix jump-off was easier than what I first thought. From Manila, we took a bus bound for Lucena then alighted at Brgy. San Felix, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. There's a tricycle terminal nearby (beside 7-11), just tell the tricycle driver that you're heading to "basurahan" for Mt. Makiling.
At "basurahan" or Eco-Park, there's a registration (no fee) and you can get guides from them. Guides are not mandatory but the people at Eco-Park strongly recommend each group to have their service, it's free anyway (bahala na lang kayo mag-abot ng tip kung magkano).
The Sipit Trail
In this hike, I tagged along three friends. From the highway, we rode a tricycle to "basurahan", (fare is negotiable from P70-100) and arrived at around 6 AM. We were surprised that the people at Eco-Park were still not informed that Mt. Makiling reopened last March 1. They contacted several people from Los Baños, and it took an hour before they allowed us to proceed.
|the "basurahan" jump-off of Sipit Trail.|
|There are pipelines all over the place, it is because MakBan Geothermal Plant lies nearby|
|Cloudy Mt. Makiling|
Compared to Palanggana Trail, I don't see much difference. Both have tiring steep parts and easy gradual ascents.
|Meron stream-crossing sa Sipit Trail, something na wala sa Palanggana Trail.|
|The ascent from Station 4 up to Station 5 is probably the hardest part.|
Check out my quick MakTrav day hike 2 weeks ago in this link.