There’s something about the great outdoors that just revitalizes one’s soul. Especially now that we’ve all been on lockdown for a very long time, there’s nothing like exploring and taking a breather outside the concrete jungles we’ve all been restricted to. And what better way to do it than to go hiking and trekking. Additionally, hiking near Manila poses a great advantage for many who live in the city.  

Not only is hiking a great way to spend some time away and relish on the beauty of nature, but it’s also great as a means of putting a little bit of exercise in our system. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone if you will. Plus, what’s great is that you don’t need much training or experience to enjoy hiking. 

Here, we listed down five Philippine mountains beginners can easily hike.

Photo source: Wikipedia

Mount Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)

A favorite amongst weekend campers, Mt Batulao is one of the popular hike destinations especially for the ones that just need a couple of hours with Mother Nature. The easy trek that both beginners and season hikers can do, offers an amazing view from the rolling hills and rock formations around to the serene Balayan Bay. It’s a great training ground if you’re planning to hike regularly.

Photo source: Wikipedia

Mount Samat (Pilar, Bataan)

You don’t need to walk to get to the summit of Mt Samat where the National Shrine is situated. You can actually “hike” up using a car – although what’s the fun in that? But this just shows how easy hikers can conquer this mountain.

Photo source: Herman R. Lumanog

Mount Manalmon (San Miguel, Bulacan)

Because it is part of the Biak-Na-Bato National Park, hiking up Mt Manalmon will surely excite the first-timers. The short trek includes passing through caves, crossing bridges, and even exploring rock formation.

Photo source: Planet Action Adventure

Osmeña Peak (Dalaguete, Cebu)

If you live in Cebu or planning to travel there, you will find that Osmeña Peak is one of the easiest mountains you can hike and explore. It is such an ideal place to start hiking for beginners as it doesn’t take up a long time to get to the highest point – just an hour tops to be exact. It also offers one of the best views and is considered to be one of Cebu’s tourist spots.

Photo source: Wikipedia

Mount Pinatubo (Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga)


There’s beauty in destruction, indeed, and Mt Pinatubo is a great example of that. The stories we’ve all heard about its history make this mountain quite an attraction for many hikers both beginners and pros alike. But what captivates hikers to Mount Pinatubo is its crater lake hikes. Doesn’t Lake Pinatubo look beautiful?

Whether you’re just new to hiking or a mountaineer pro, the Philippines has a lot of rocky mountains, mountain ranges, and trails to offer. For beginners, our advice is to start with these easy ones before venturing out and taking on more adventurous trails. There’s no rush into becoming a seasoned hiker. Take it slow and experience the beauty of the great outdoors.

We know you’re itching to go out and hike these mountains but for now, your safety and health are of utmost importance. So until that time comes, stay safe. See you soon RedDoorz!


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