Friday, May 16, 2014

Mt. Balagbag Dayhike

Mt. Balagbag is located in Rodriguez, formerly Montalban, in the province of Rizal. This mountain is also part of the Sierra Madre range. It is 777 MASL which feature views of some part of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The mountain is also called helipad because at the peak of it is like helipad. Climbing this mountain is just one to two hours.

The background of the mountain

Before heading to the summit, drop by at the waterfalls and trek along the river - this is the additional features in climbing this mountain. The trail is not difficult; it was easy and wide. Mt. Balagbag is likewise a most loved of mountain bikers. 

Moreover, hikers who will trek on summer will find out that the difficulty on the trek is the sun exposure because the mountain is not covered with trees. So, the recommendation is to hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon. 

At the highest point of the Mt. Balagbag are the scenes stunning mountains of the Rizal province and the gigantic lands.

The Trail

The trail is easy, which is good for beginners. It is wide and open. Going to the summit is quite hard especially if the sun is already up because it dehydrates you. Better climb the mountain at early in the morning or in the late afternoon. There are also rocks along the trek and it became slippery during rainy seasons.
worth the hike
But, after struggling along the trail you can see the beautiful scene at the top of this mountain. There are store nearby basketball court, you can buy food and drinks before heading to the trail. 

Getting There

If you take a public transportation, from Cubao, take a bus going to Tungko then, ride a jeepney to Licao-Licao. You can pass by at Sitio Karahume for the waterfalls and river trek. Then, go straight to Sitio Balagbag.

I was invited by my friend who loves to climb a mountain. Actually, that was an unexpected hike during the weekend.  In fact, the hike started late in the morning. We meet at Jollibee (Tungko) and from the terminal; we rode a jeepney bound to Licao Licao. Then, we started our trek at around ten o’clock in the morning.  
Sierra Madre range

Day Hike Itinerary

8:00 AM – Meet up at Jollibee Tungko
9:00 AM – Take a jeepney going to Licao Licao
10:00 AM – River trek and water falls
11:00 AM - Start trekking going to summit
12:30 PM – SUMMIT of Mt. Balagbag
2:00 PM – Descending from the summit
3:00 PM – Afternoon snacks
3:30 PM – Back to downward
4:30 PM – Jump-off, back to Quezon City

More photos here...

And this is my 12th conquered mountain! Hooray!

Happy climbing,


  1. There are times I got this craving for a quick trek - just to reboot and release work stress,and this mountain seems perfect. My sister recently moved-in at Montalban and I might try trekking there - just in case I got this craving-for-mountain-trek attack.

    I never knew this mountain till now - so thanks for sharing!
    BTW, I was actually looking for some snapshots of the Sitio Karahume waterfalls and river - is it OK to spend maybe an hour swimming there? Is is secluded or crowded?
    Thanks and nice blog you have here.

    1. I don't know if its crowded because only one family is there during our visit.

  2. di pa ako nakakaakyat ng Mt. Balagbag sir. Thanks sa itinerary.
    may tubig ba dun sa falls kahit summer?

    1. Hmm, I am not sure! Hehe

    2. Hi angel... Me too ... Alam mo b San sa cubao yung sakayan to tungko

    3. SM Fairview/Tungko ang sasakyan niyong EDSA, in front of Farmers Cubao.

  3. Hi..I want to go there... San sakayan sa cubao to tungko??

  4. SM Fairview/Tungko ang sasakyan niyong EDSA, in front of Farmers Cubao.


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