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

  • 6 Na Agila Pinakawalan Sa Makiling Forest Reserve

    6 Na Agila Pinakawalan Sa Makiling Forest Reserve

    Malayang nakalipad sa natural nilang tahanan ang 6 na serpent eagle matapos pakawalan sa Makiling Forest Reserve, Lunes.

    Ayon sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ang 6 na agila ay ilan lamang sa mga nailigtas ng ahensya. "These animals are lucky kasi yung ibang kasama niyan hindi na nakasurvive pagdating sa amin dahil sa gunshot wounds, 'yung iba galing sa illegal trade," saad ni Glenn Maguad, beterinaryo ng DENR.

    Ayon sa mga opisyal ng DENR, sa Makiling pinakawalan ang mga agila dahil sa maayos na kalagayan ng gubat at bundok.

    "Sa buong ASEAN (Association of Southeast ...

  • Leave Only Footprints

    Leave Only Footprints

    Let?s face it. Planet earth is deteriorating, and there?s no one else to blame but us. It?s something we?ve inherited from the people before us, and if left without action, something we?ll pass over to the next generation. But pointing fingers will not do anything?what we need, according to WWF-Philippines president and CEO Joel Palma, is awareness and collective action. Which is why to further extend the reach of their calls, WWF-Philippines has created a Millennial branch of its organization?WWF-Philippines? first and only National Youth Council. This is a green-driven team of eight young ad ...

  • Hiking The Mount Makiling Traverse

    Hiking The Mount Makiling Traverse

    Hiking Mount Isarog had been fun, but we didn't get a great view from the top, so we decided to try another dormant volcano ??" Mount Makiling. Mount Makiling is just above 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) high, but the possibility to traverse the volcano instead of just hiking out and back made it sound appealing to us. After reading that there were sections with ropes and ladders and amazing views, we were even more intrigued and made our way to Calamba to hike the Mount Makiling Traverse from there.

  • A Day Clim In Mount Makiling Peak 2 For As Low As P420

    A Day Clim In Mount Makiling Peak 2 For As Low As P420

    Sto. Tomas, Batangas
    Jump-off: Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas
    LLA: 14.13°N 121.20°E, 1090 MASL (Peak 2)
    Hours to Peak 2 / days required: 1-2 days / 7-8 hours
    Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with roped segments
    Source: Pinoy Mountaineer

    My first two climbs of Mount Makiling Peak 2 were recorded on June 25, 1998 and May 29, 1999. That was the time when I was still active as a member of PNB Mountaineering Club. I did not find those climbs memorable then for really the mountain from its jump-off point to the summit offers no magnificent scenery. All I remember then was th ...

  • Mount Tagapo Rizal 438-Masl

    Mount Tagapo Rizal 438-Masl

    Located in the heart of Laguna de Bay, Mt. Tagapo, or Bundok ng Susong Dalaga as locally referred to, is the highest point of Talim Island. Being volcanic in origin, the peak forms part of the southwestern rim of the Laguna Caldera, an ancient massive volcano whose eruptions created the central lobe of the present-day Laguna Lake. Under the jurisdiction of the towns of Binangonan and Cardona in Rizal province, Talim Island is easily accessible from Manila via several jeep and UV express vans that ply the route from Shaw Boulevard and Cubao to Binangonan and then through a ferry ride via the la ...

  • Mount Makiling Traverse 2016

    Mount Makiling traverse located in Santo Tomas, Laguna.

    Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Los Banos, Laguna
    Entry point: Sitio Jordan, Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas
    Exit point: UP College of Forestry, Los Banos, Laguna
    LLA: 14.13°N 121.20°E, 1090 MASL (Peak 2)
    Hours to Peak 2 required: 1-5-8 hours
    Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3 with roped segments
    Features: Roped segments, rocky face, limatik, rattan, tropical