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 Baños. 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 4??"5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2).

The second trail, known as Maktrav, starts in Sto. Tomas. This route 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 Forest Reserve National Park News

  • Mt Makiling Traverse Hike 1,090 MASL

    Mt Makiling Traverse Hike 1,090 MASL

    An account of my MakTrav or Mt. Makiling Traverse hike from Sto. Tomas Batangas to UP Los Banos, Laguna. Trail description, difficulty, trail map.

  • The 12 Philippine Peaks Worth A Dayhike This Christmas Break

    The 12 Philippine Peaks Worth A Dayhike This Christmas Break

    It is the season to be hiking, Yes, one can hike year-round in the Philippines, but December marks the start of the cool and dry months that are ideal for outdoor activities. After all the holiday partying and eating, keeping fit can be a challenge. Fortunately there's always a nearby mountain to climb wherever you find yourself in the archipelago.

    Here are twelve mountains around the country that you can do as daytrips this Christmas:

    1. Mt. Iraya, Batanes - Situated in a higher latitude relative to the rest of the country, Batanes enjoys a winter season characterised by chilly winds a ...

  • Binhi Goes To Mount Makiling

    Binhi Goes To Mount Makiling

    Geothermal nergy leader Energy Development Corp. (EDC) recently organized a two-day Binhi Tree Encounter and Knowledge Sharing on Mount Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna, to help its partners further appreciate the work that the Binhi team does on-ground.

    Binhi, EDC's flagship environmental program, is a conservation program that focuses on propagating and mainstreaming 96 identified rare and threatened Philippine tree species in partnership with 164 different institutions and groups across 16 regions in the country. Representatives from Masungi Georeserve, 2030 Youth Force Philippines, Nationa ...

  • Discovering A Unique Museum At The Slopes Of Mt Makiling

    Discovering A Unique Museum At The Slopes Of Mt Makiling

    Tourist and visitors who have explored the hidden wonders of Laguna, especially the hot and cold springs in various towns nestled on the slopes of Mt. Makiling, fell short of discovering something different from the customary and natural museums that the province has to offer.

    For a two-hour journey from Manila, the Laguna towns of Bay and Calauan and their boundaries into Sto. Tomas, Batangas, now offer a great deal for travelers and adventurers even for free - more than just spending time in their relaxing getaways and vacation escapades.

    Next to the mystical and dormant volcano Mt. Ma ...

  • Toyota Adopts A Forest

    Toyota Adopts A Forest

    Toyota Motor Philippines chose to adopt a forest and to educate forest visitors on the value and beauty of nature.

    The Adopt-A-Forest program started in August, 2012 at the Makiling Botanical Gardens in Los Banos, Laguna, where TMP adopted a 10-hectare forest and a 3-hectare lot where it nurtured a Palm Forest Garden.

    Only on its eighth year, the program has achieved the ambitious aim to create a collaboration that supports sustainable management.

    Within a 10-hectare adopted forest, efforts to cultivate appreciation for the environment has led to conservation; and spreading education ...

  • Isuzus Forest Nurturing Program

    Isuzus Forest Nurturing Program

    Since 2001, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) celebrated its anniversary with a Corporate Social Responsibility program to help protect the environment.

    In 2010, IPC focused its CSR initiative on reforestation, adopting a 13-hectare forest inside the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) in Los Banos, Laguna.

    During its first year with this project, IPC planted more than 300 trees composed of 13 species. To encourage people to walk around, IPC constructed a 1.3-kilometer walkway for visitors and forest rangers.

    Every year since then, IPC, through its Isuzu Suppliers Association, would ...