Major Jumpoff: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca
Exit point (traverse): Brgy 5 (to Grotto), Cuenca
LLA: 13°55 N; 121°2 E; 706 MASL (Rockies) / 930 MASL (summit)
Days required / Hours to Rockies / summit : 1 day / 1-2 hr / 2-4 hr
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (Rockies); 4/9 (Traverse) Trail class 1-3.
Features: Scenic views of Taal Lake, rock formations, forests
This mountain has been included in the 10 most wanted mountains in the country for its scenic view of the Taal Lake from the rockies up to its summit. Standing at 703+MASL (3/9) for the rockies, and 930+MASL (4/9) at the summit, it is an easy hike for beginners. At average pacing one can reach the rockies in 1.5hrs and 2hrs for the summit.
It came from the word Macolod/ Makulog, as locals call it ages ago. Trails are established and one will not find it hard since the ascent is gradual and not gruelling.
Upon reaching the camping grounds, the Rockies are at par and is only 20mins from the site. A gradual descent then ascent is required to reach the famous Rockies of Maculot.
And a little more effort will reward you with a breathtaking view of the Taal Lake.
On the other side of the Rockies is the Labangan Bay with its small protruding land masses.
Itinerary & Expenses
Mt. Maculot Rockies Day Hike
0600 – Take Lemery, Batangas bound bus from Buendia (140php/pax)
0615 – ETD Manila
0900 – ETA Cuenca Poblacion – Highway
Take tricycle to jump off (20php/pax)
Secure Guide (500php/group and 167php/pax)
0930 – Start trek
1115 – Arrive at campsite, head to Rockies
1130 – ETA Rockies, take pictures
1200 – ETA Campsite
1230 – Start descent
1345 – ETA Jump-off; tidy up (Bath: 20php)
1415 – Tricycle to Highway (20php/pax)
1430 – Lunch
1500 – Catch bus back to Manila (140php/pax)
1900 – ETA Manila
Guides and Fees: 207php/pax
Total Damage: 727php – 900php safe budget for a group of 3pax.
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