Mt. Balagbag (777masl) Traverse to Maranat Self-Guided (DIY) Solo Day-Hike

07-May-2016 Saturday in Rodriguez, Rizal Philippines

MT. BALAGBAG BASIC INFO:
Jump-off: Brgy. Macabud, Rodriguez, Rizal
Elevation: 777masl
Days / Hours required: 5 hours (local guide is NOT required)
Classification: minor trek with difficulty level of  3/9

My 48th solo backpacking trip, 9th local minor hike (4th for 2016) so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. My plan is supposedly a twin-hike traverse from Mt. Balagbag to Mt. Maranat. Since DENR Checkpoint in Maranat area is strict on "No permit No Entry" policy, I just did a traverse going back to Licao-Licao. There is a split trail from DENR Checkpoint; left side going to Mt. Maranat and Maranat Falls while the right side is going to Licao-Licao. Permit is issued in DENR Cenro-Tabang (Malolos, Bulacan) Phone # 044-7947090. In regards to hiking experience, almost 70% of the trail is not shaded so be prepared to challenge the scorching heat of the sun (arm sleeve, umbrella, ball cap and enough refreshments).

MT. BALAGBAG TRAVERSE TO MARANAT DIY SOLO DAY-HIKE ITINERARY:
​0600H ETD SM Fairview; jeep to Jollibee Tungko 18
0630H ETA Jollibee Tungko; walk to Licao-licao Jeep Terminal
0645H ETD Tungko; jeep to Licao-licao 27
0730H ETA Licao-Licao; trek to Sitio Balagbag (very smooth ascent)
0800H ETA Balagbag Registration 10; smooth ascent (easy)
0840H Refreshment stop-over 30; Registration again 20
0900H ETA Mt. Balagbag summit; photo-ops and rest
0930H ETD Mt. Balagbag summit; steep and slippery descent (difficult)
1000H ETA Maranat DENR Checkpoint (no permit no entry to falls & mountain). Rest.
1030H ETD Maranat; series of rocky ascent/descent (average)
1215H ETA Licao-Licao; Refreshments 40
1245H ETD Licao-licao; jeep to Tungko 27
1345H ETD Tungko; jeep to SM Fairview 18
BUDGET COST: PhP 190

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (view at the summit)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (google earth map)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (Tungko Terminal)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (1st Registration in Sitio Balagbag)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (trail to summit)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (2nd Registration before summit)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (view at the summit)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (trail to Maranat)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (trail to Maranat)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (Maranat DENR Checkpoint)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (Maranat Mt & Falls)

Mt. Balagbag (777masl) traverse to Maranat Self-Guided Solo Day-Hike (trail to Licao-Licao from Maranat)


2 comments:

  1. Hi pano mkakakuha ng permit from DENR ?Thanks :)

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    1. Tawag na lang po sa DENR Office on phone number posted above. Thank you.

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