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Wanna Go Hiking? These Beginner-Friendly Mountains Will Give You A Memorable Trekking Adventure!

Ready your hiking boots!
by | May 10, 2022


Staycation is one of the best things to do when you’re exhausted, but sometimes, being out in the sun can be good. Studies have shown that outdoor activities like hiking help boost your mood and relieve stress. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested in adding it to your summer plans, these stunning mountains around the country offer thrilling hikes that won’t wear you out too much. Read on to find out where to go hiking in the Philippines!

 

Mount Samat (Pilar, Bataan)


First up, we have Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan. The extinct volcano is reachable by car, which means you won’t sweat buckets on your first-ever hike. A stunning view of Bataan awaits at its peak. Protip: Swing by the Mount Samat National Shrine, which honors the heroism of American and Filipino soldiers who fought Japanese forces during World War II.

 

Mount Gulugud Baboy (Mabini, Batangas)


A mountain that resembles a pig’s spine, there are three peaks to explore on Mount Gulugud Baboy. You’ll be greeted as you walk by cerulean coastal waters and grasslands surrounding the mountain. It may probably take 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top (depending on how fast you walk). You’re allowed to set up a tent here, but you must bring your camping essentials. 

 

Mount Oro (Montalban, Rizal)


Mount Oro’s widely flat surfaces make it an easy, chill day hike. There are two summits, both offering a 360-degree view of Rizal in its full glory. From the second summit, hikers can drop by Payaran Falls and take a cooling dip to soothe those tired muscles. 

 

Mount Manalmon (San Miguel, Bulacan)


Standing at 196 meters above sea level, Mount Manalmon is one of Bulacan’s go-to hiking spots. No reservations are needed, but you must have a local guide before starting. It’s part of the historical Biak-na-Bato, where you can see stunning rock formations and a panoramic view of nearby mountains like Mount Arayat once you reach the summit. 

 

 

Mount Kalisungan (Calauan, Laguna)

 

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A hike at Mount Kalisungan is the perfect cure for stress. Lush foliage and sunny skies guide hikers to the mountain, but watch out for the muddy trail. Once you reach the top, you can feel all your anxieties carried away by the breezy air. It’s hard to leave this haven without taking lots of photos to celebrate your hike. 

 

Osmeña Peak (Dalaguete, Cebu)

 

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While Osmeña Peak (considered Cebu’s highest point) looks quite intimidating for beginner climbers, it’s actually easy to hike regardless of your fitness level. There are trail markers and an allocated parking lot if you want to bring a car or motorcycle. Plus, you can visit nearby tourist attractions like Kawasan Falls and Kabukalan Spring for your side trips.

 

Mount Naupa (Naga City, Cebu)


Another beautiful mountain in Cebu, Mount Naupa is what calmness looks like after a stressful week at work. The trail is beginner-friendly but still enough to give your leg muscles some exercise. You’ll notice the summit resembles a lovely grassland which makes it an ideal spot for camping or picnics. 

 

Mount Napulak (Igbaras, Iloilo)

 

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The top of Mount Napulak is an absolute feast for one’s eyes. Seeing slopes of greenery, beautiful rock formations, and blue skies surrounding you makes the hike all worth it. Imagine welcoming the sunrise here! Before starting, hikers need to register at the municipal hall of Igbaras and pay an environmental fee worth P25.

 

Mount Anggas (Gitagum, Misamis Oriental)

Seeing this nature preserve feels like entering a paradise. The vastness of Mount Anggas tells you everything is just within reach of your fingertips. The mountain range can be overwhelming for first-timers, so having a guide would prevent you from getting lost. Watch your steps as well to avoid any slips because rocks are everywhere. 

 

Where are you planning on climbing next? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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