Mount Makiling

Santo Tomas, Laguna

Mount Makiling, or Mount Maquiling, is a dormant volcano in Laguna province on the island of Luzon, Philippines. The mountain rises to an elevation of 1,090 m (3,580 ft) above mean sea level and is the highest feature of the Laguna Volcanic Field.

The volcano has no recorded historic eruption but volcanism is still evident through geothermal features like mud spring and hot springs ...

. South of the mountain is the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Plant. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) classify the volcano as potentially active.

Mount Makiling is a state-owned forest reserve administered by the University of the Philippines, Los Baos. Prior its transfer to the university, the mountain was the first national park of the Philippines. Mount Makiling National Park was established in 1933. However, it was decommissioned as a national park in 1963 when it was transferred to the University for use in forestry education and information. Now known as Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, it was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2013.

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 45 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2).

The second trail, known as Maktrav, starts in Sto. Tomas. This route is more difficult and requires 67 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 Forest Reserve National Park News

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    Exit point: UP College of Forestry, Los Banos, Laguna
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    Exit point: UP College of Forestry, Los Banos, Laguna
    It took us 10 hours and 30 mins to finish the whole trail.