Destination: MT. MACULOT – Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hr
Nature of Climb: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3
Mount Maculot is a mountain located in the town of Cuenca in Batangas province. Mount Maculot’s summit stands at approximately 947 MASL, its high volcanic wall (popularly know as “The Rockies”) is at 703 MASL. Maculot is adjacent to Taal Lake and is said to be part of Taal Caldera’s crater rim. This mountain is popular among mountain climbers and climbers making it as the municipality’s major tourist attraction.
Although having three destinations: the famous Rockies (703m), the summit (947m) and the Grotto (510m), most climbers were contented on reaching the Rockies, this is the reason why Maculot became the paragon of an easy hike. The 3 destination can be covered by a traverse dayhike, once the campsite is reached, take the left trail towards the Rockies, this will take at least five minutes, then trek towards the summit, from the summit, descent towards the Grotto on the other side of the mountain, spending time for picture taking and rest on each stops, from the Grotto head back to the jump-off point. To maximize the Maculot adventure, plan a longer stay on the mountain, an overnight stay would make a big difference.
At the campsite, there is a big store dubbed as “7-11″, the store offers everything from hard drinks to halo-halo and is open on weekends and peak season days during Holy Week etc. The campsite can fit 20 or more tents, on a weekend, the camp may be full.
How to get there?
Take the bus bound to Lemery Batangas, bus terminals are located in Cubao or Buendia (Gil Puyat). The fare is around 150-170 pesos, it will take you an approximately 2.5 hours to reach Cuenca Poblacion (town proper), tell the bus conductor to drop you at Poblacion (Cuenca). The jump-off is near the Municipal hall, you must register at the Barangay Outpost (P10) and get their contact number for security purposes.
SUGGESTED ITINERARY TRAVERSE (Rockies-Summit-Grotto)
0500 Board Lemery-bound bus from Buendia or Cubao (~P130)
0800 ETA Cuenca Muncipal Hall. Walk or take trike to jump-off. Pay P10 registration fee.
0830 start trek
1000 arrive at campsite, head to Rockies
1010 at Rockies; take pictures
1110 Leave for the summit
1230 ETA Summit of Mt. Maculot. Lunch
1300 Start descent to Grotto
1430 Arrival at Grotto. Rest.
1445 Resume descent.
1600 Arrival at exit point.
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