5 Mountain Day Trip Destinations for First Time Hikers

mountain day hikes perfect for beginner hikers

With our busy schedules and hectic work hours, we sometimes long for a quick break out of the city. Some fresh air, warm sunlight, and new scenery may help refresh our minds and overall well-being. For the times we can’t sacrifice the entire weekend for a full-blown trip out of town, why not opt for a day trip? Day trips are perfect for people on-the-go! If you have excess energy from sitting around in the office all week and are looking for a challenge this weekend, why not embark on a hiking adventure this weekend? Try going on a mountain day trip with your barkada! You don’t have to get worried about the difficulty level with our list of mountains perfect for first time hikers!

Mt. Alapaap

If you are looking for a moderately easy mother mountain, why not visit Mt. Alapaap? Only a few hours away from Metro Manila and only 3-4 hours long to climb, you don’t have to travel far to witness a sea of clouds. Perfect for beginner hikers, you can trek with ease and visit Mt. Alapaap’s famous Pugad Lawin.

Location: Tanay, Rizal
Travel Time from Manila: 1.5-2.5 hrs, depending on the ETD
MASL: 591 meters above sea level
Difficulty Level: 2/9
Trail Class: 1-3
What to Visit: Pugad Lawin, falls, and Mag-Asawang Bato Rock Formation

 

Mt. Mapalad

Another mountain near Manila (and just beside Mt. Alapaap!) that is perfect for beginners is Mt. Mapalad. After hiking for a few hours you can already see the man-made wooden hands, (which the locals finished building in a month last 2018!) Palad 1 and Palad 2, as well as a heart arch perfect for couples!

Location: Tanay, Rizal
Travel Time from Manila: 1.5-2.5 hrs, depending on the ETD
MASL: 750 meters above sea level
Difficulty Level: 3/9
Trail Class: 1-3
What to Visit: Palad 1, Palad 2, and a nearby river

Mt. Gola

A bit more difficult than Mt. Manalmon because of the “spiderwalk” or 40-degree incline trail, Mt. Gola may be less of a walk in the park. Usually paired with Mt. Manalmon for a twin hike, we recommend going to Mt. Gola first as there are less trees to shield you from the glare of the sun. The view on top is definitely worth it. Since the trees are sparse, you get a clearer view of nearby mountains and water forms.

Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Travel Time from Manila: 2-3 hrs, depending on the ETD
MASL: 192 meters above sea level
Difficulty Level: 2/9
Trail Class: 1-3
What to Visit:  Bayukbok Cave, Madlum River, Monkey Bridge

Mt. Manalmon

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Advertised as scalable even for toddlers, Mt. Manalmon showcases beautiful sights for a short hike. Only 196 meters above sea level, Mt. Manalmon is a beautiful mountain destination with cool rock and cave formations. Brave the Monkey Bridge and swim in the Madlum River to cool off after the hike!

Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Travel Time from Manila: 2-3 hrs, depending on the ETD
MASL: 196 meters above sea level
Difficulty Level: 2/9
Trail Class: 1-2
What to Visit: Bayukbok Cave, Madlum River, Monkey Bridge

Mt. Batolusong

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Have your Goblin moment and take photos in the beautiful grasslands. Challenge yourself with 3 breathtaking peaks, plus a short rock climbing trail for the brave of heart. Mt. Batolusong’s sea of clouds will surely take your breath away.

Location: Tanay, Rizal
Travel Time from Manila: 1.5-2.5 hrs, depending on the ETD
MASL: 645 (Mapatag plateau) / 780 (Susong Dalaga peak) meters above sea level
Difficulty Level: 3/9
Trail Class: 1-3
What to Visit: Kay Ibon Falls

If you are more of a rock pools kind of traveler, try visiting 5 Rock Pools Around the Philippines. For other weekend destinations (both for long weekends and quick daytrips), as well as what to bring on your next road trip, check out our other travel articles.

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