Mt. Batolusong in San Andres, Tanay Rizal is one of the many hiking destinations in Rizal. It is gaining popularity because of its accessibility from Manila. Trail class is 3/9 and it is considered as a minor hike. You can finish the trail in a day.
- Ride a Jeepney or FX to Cogeo and get off at Gate 2 (Jollibee intersection)
- Ride another jeepney to Sampaloc and get off at Batangas Junction. There’s a landmark that says “San Andres” on your left side. Take a trike, go straight and you will see the registration area with a tarpaulin of Batolusong on your left side. Pay the necessary fees. (20 php reg fee + 20 for Rangyas Peak, we paid 500 php for the guide)
Due to the availability of our companions, we decided to hike on a holiday (Feb 25) and to tell you honestly, I do not recommend hiking on such days. There are lots of people and hiking time may be delayed because of the traffic (Yes, pati sa bundok may traffic na rin, lol). It was raining so hard when we arrived at 5am and we had to wait for an hour just to be able to start hiking, so we opted to just climb until Mapatag Plateau and take a side trip to Kay Ibon Falls. (You can continue the hike until Rangyas Peak for an additional fee)
You will be trekking through a flat course for about 30 minutes. This will serve as your warm up for the 1hr straight assault to Duhatan Ridge.
This store signifies the beginning of the assault.
There were times when we had to catch our breath because of the steepness of the trail.
Resting areas for hikers are present so you need not to worry about having take fives. Water sources are also present at some parts of the trail.
Rain poured while we were on our way to this rock (I forgot what it’s called but it’s something like “mahiyain” because it’s a small rock formation). When we opted for a photo op, a photobomber joined us.
The first stopover was at Duhatan ridge (obviously there are Duhat trees here). I look like a “basang sisiw” here already. It was still raining a bit so we weren’t able to take photos.
Saw another rainbow in Duhatan Ridge.
After a 10 minute break, we decided to head to Mapatag Plateau. The trail is mostly flat with gradual ascents, but not as steep as the one going to duhatan ridge.
Photo op by Mary with Susong Dalaga Peak
If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to witness a sea of clouds (which we did not because of the weather :c)
Trail heading to Mapatag Plateau
We have reached Mapatag Plateau! You will be witnessing grasslands and views of sierra madre.
It may look like a flat grassland in photos but in reality, the view is really amazing up here.
Mary compared Mapatag Plateau to New Zealand sans the cows. Lol. I can already imagine the heat during sunny days. There are no shaded areas here by the way.
The rock that signifies the summit of Mapatag Plateau. We did not stay here for a long time because of the rain (it started to pour again, so we decided to descend to kay Ibon Falls for a sidetrip)
You will be passing on a different trail to reach the falls. Here is what it looked like during our visit.
We did not take a dip ’cause of the number of people and the water looked dirty, maybe because of the rain.
Budget: (SAFE ESTIMATE)
Jeepney to Cogeo: 30 php
Jeepney to Batangas Junction : 45php
Reg Fee: 20php + 20php if Rangyas peak
0400 Leave for San Andres
0600 Arrive Registration Area
0630 Start Trek
0800 Est Duhatan Ridge, Breaktime
0830 Leave Duhatan Ridge
0930 Mapatag Plateau/Rangyas Peak
1000 Traverse to Kay Ibon Falls
1230 Descent to Highway
1330 Highway, ride a trike back to the registration
** Additional Credits to MJ for the photos**