MOUNTAINEERING IN MT. MAKILING
Mt. Makiling is a popular hiking destination. The two major trails begin at the UPLB College of Forestry and Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The UPLB trail is more commonly used, taking 4–5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2). The other trail from Sto. Tomas passes by other peaks, is more difficult, and requires 6–7 hours to reach the summit. Both trails are generally established and safe, although throughout the years there have been occasional reports of fatal accidents and injuries, especially on the Sto. Tomas side. Climbers also frequently encounter leeches along the way.
Mount Makiling Traverse Day Hike from Batangas to Los Banos, Laguna Climbing Mount Makiling is one of the favorite training climbs of mountaineers because of the tough challenges that await every climber. It is a 3-hour bus ride from Metro Manila to Sto. Tomas, Batangas, the starting point of the climb. The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season. Experienced mountaineers can accomplish the whole traverse in 7 hours or less compressing it in just a day.