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Last  August 2008

680 masl, Minor climb, Easy-Moderate 1st part ng 2 peaks, dayhike, 11 o ‘clock nag ascent,picturan lng sa rockies,kain ng halo-halo,tapos baba na ng 3 o’clock.

MT. MACULOT 
Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Brgy. Poblaction, Cuenca
LLA: 13°55’15”N; 121°2’30”E; 706 MASL
Days required / Hours to Rockies: Half day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-3

2010 UPDATE
The new elevation of 706 MASL reflects the consensus of GPS and altimetric measurements at the Rockies. The “Special Concerns” section was expanded to include information on transportation and logistics. Since the Rockies seem to be in a relative state of cleanliness, Mt. Maculot has been removed as a mountain of environmental concern. 

BACKGROUND
Mt. Maculot is one of the most popular daytrip destinations. It is so popular that on weekends and summer months, there is a sari-sari store at the campsite. This mountain, at the heart of Batangas, is known as a landmark for locals and travellers alike; it is easily identifiable because of its abruptly terminating east side - forming a cliff that is challenging for rock climbers and breathtaking to everybody else. Others describe the shape of the mountain as ‘igloo-like’.

At 830 MASL, the mountain has three destinations: the grotto, the peak and the rockies (706 MASL). These can all be covered by a traverse dayhike. Most climbers head to the Rockies. This rocky formation stands beside Taal Lake, creating a scenic view, encompassing the whole of Taal Lake including the world-famous Taal volcano; as well the plains of Batangas. From a distance looms, on opposite sides, Mt. Makiling and the Tagaytay Highlands. If you follow Batangas Bay to the South you can see Maricaban Island, and beyond that, Mindoro’s Mt. Halcon. The climbing time is variable; experienced climbers can reach the Rockies in a matter of two hours. From the Rockies, one can continue to the peak (830 MASL) or the Grotto on the other side of the mountain. You can also do the traverse vice-versa, starting off at the Grotto and ending at the Rockies. The Grotto area is grassy, but it then the trail becomes forested until it reaches the summit - and down. Either way, the trails are steep but Maculot is one mountain where you can stay the visual rewards are really worth the effort.

Courtesy of Pinoy Mountaineer (Gideon Lasco)