So you’ve decided to commit to trying something new and/or staying fit this 2018. Good for you! You’ve probably been prodded on by your friends in the past to go on a hiking trip with them, but the idea of slopes, mud, and the heat of the sun probably discouraged you in the past.
There is an appeal to hiking, though, and with the recent surge of photos on social media flaunting breathtaking landscapes one can only get from a successful hike to the top, it’s no wonder more and more people are getting into exploring the great outdoors. Tick one off the bucket list and check out just some of the newbie-friendly hikes near Manila to conquer this year.
Mt. Pico de Loro – Maragondon, Cavite
One of the most popular hiking destinations for beginners due to its proximity to Manila, Pico de Loro is a great first trail for beginners. As Cavite’s highest point, it boasts of scenic views, and you can even climb the parrot’s peak, its famous monolith, for a truly IG-worthy shot.
Masungi Georeserve – Baras, Rizal
Masungi Georeserve has recently become an outdoor destination highly sought after by groups looking to do casual weekend trips after photos of its duyan, a giant rope hammock made the rounds on social media. With a diverse scenery of flora and fauna, paved cement steps, and fun yet challenging rope courses, Masungi’s trail provides just the right challenge to work up a sweat.
Mt. Pinatubo – Tarlac and Zambales
Once known for the 1991 volcano eruption, Mt. Pinatubo has since left its erstwhile destructive identity and is now more popular with travelers as a daytime hiking destination that is not too far from Manila. The picturesque scenery of white and gray (from the eruption’s ashes) mixed with green, as well as its beautiful crater lake should be enough reason for you to plan a weekend trip.
Mt. Manalmon – San Miguel, Bulacan
With a short trail that lasts just 40 minutes, Mt. Manalmon is recommended for first-timers who aren’t used to long hiking hours. There’s a flurry of activity to do besides enjoy the view; you can swim in the Madlum river, cross the monkey bridge, or even go spelunking.
Mt. Talamitam – Nasugbu, Batangas
If you recognize the mostly green scenery and rolling hills, that’s probably because Mt. Talamitam was where the original Pangako Sa’Yo was shot, starring Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa (titos and titas of Manila, unite!). Mt. Talamitam is newbie-friendly because of its relatively flat terrain. We won’t judge you if you want to recreate your Echo-Kristine shots here, but please leave no trace.
Mt. Manabu – Sto. Tomas, Batangas
With a quick and easy trail that can be reached in two hours, newbie hikers can enjoy the sprawling, lush fields at the top, perfect for taking that group-fie.
Top photo credit: @bogasy
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