Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
Fork to summit: 1.5-2 hours. Take the left, downward path to follow the old trail. You will enter a woodland, then emerge into the campsites (or stations) marked 1-10. At the earlier campsites the facilities are larger and there is a water source. There is a logbook and you will have to pay a registration fee of P20.Same old slopes till station 8, after which the final ascent commences. Beyond this point, at the you have to be extremely careful because the trails are really steep, there are loose stones, and the winds can set off you balance although as of 2012, they’ve carved out steps from the challenging parts, making this leg easier. This will just take 30-45 minutes, though. Campsites are marked from 1-10, with stations 8-10 being the steep parts, “Campsite 10” being the summit itself.NEW TRAIL (WEST)
At the peak, the rocky landscapes climax into beautiful formations. Set in the backdrop of the plains of Cavite and Batangas, the photo ops are excellent. Views include the peninsula of Calatagan (SE), the coastline of Nasugbu (E), Mt. Talamitam (ENE), the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite (N), the Tagaytay highlands (WNW), Taal Lake (W), behind it, Mt. Maculot (WSW), and the vast Balayan Bay (S). Here the breezes that menaced the assault are now a refreshment.Going down with a brisk pace takes just 1-2 hours. From the Evercrest entrance, you may cross the highway to avail of the makeshift shower areas in the sari-sari stores. After the Batulao climb, which is a challenging Difficulty 4/9 dayhike, a postclimb meal in Tagaytay with its plethora of food choices – is a blissful reward.
0400 ETD Coastal Mall bus terminal to Nasugbu, Batangas
0715 Arrival at Evercrest
0730 Start trek
0845 Arrival at Fork. Take the left, downward trail that enters some woodland
1100 Arrival at summit; lunch
1200 Start descent via New Trail, which is opposite the Old Trail at the summit
1630 ETA Tagaytay; anything goes from hereNew to Old Trail
0715 Arrival at Evercrest
0730 Start trek
0845 Arrival at Fork. Take the middle/slightly right upward trail
1200 Start descent via Old Trail, which is opposite the New Trail at the summit
1630 ETA Tagaytay; anything goes from here
PRACTICALITIES: MT. BATULAO
|Transportation||Public (1) Nasugbu-bound bus, Coastal Mall to Evercrest – P104
(2) optional Tricycle, Evercrest to trailhead P25/person
Approximately 2.5 hours travel time Private From Manila, go to Tagaytay via SLEX (Greenfield exit) then proceed via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road until you reach Evercrest. Go past the gate, follow through, turn left at the fork, and then go down the rough road to the trailhead.
Approximately 2 hours travel time but do avoid the weekend lunch/dinner Tagaytay crowds.
|Registration||Logbook at Old and New Trail campsites. Total fees per hiker: P20 per trail if you are just passing; P30 if you are camping on that trail
Note: As of November 2015 there is also an attempt to impose a registration regime at the trailhead itself – this is apparently supported by the Nasugbu Tourism Office. Standby for updates.
|Guides||Available (P300-400/day); there are some reports that it is required but there are also those who say that guides are not mandatory.|
|Contact numbers ✆||New Trail Campsite (Roel) +639279008496
Nasugubu Police Station – (043) 931-9952
|Campsites and waypoints ⛺||Campsites:
(1) New Trail campsite 🚰📶
(1) Old Trail campsite 🚰📶
|Water sources 🚰||None in normal course of trail but available in campsites – ask from caretakers.|
|Cellphone signal 📶||Present in most parts of the trail|
|Roped segments||Fixed rope in steep part of Old Trail (between Camp 8 and summit) that can get slippery when wet|
|Hiking notes||Can be very muddy during the rainy season and dusty/windy during the dry months
Mt. Batulao is generally safe and we have not received any reports of theft. It helps that there are locals who stay in the campsites. In February 2012, an accident involved the death of a first-time hiker who fell from Peak 8 of the New Trail; this however is an isolated incident and should not be a cause of worry provided that hikers are always careful and properly oriented.
|Sidetrips||Nasugbu or Tagaytay; Twin dayhike with Mt. Talamitam (see itinerary here)|
|Alternate trails||There is a walkable trail to Mt. Talamitam|
|Dayhikable||Yes (2-3 hours to summit; 1.5-2 hours down)|
|Facilities at jumpoff||(+) Sari-sari stores
(+) Shower facilities
(+) Parking – expect to be charged P50
Private transportation. Going by car is also easy: just go to Tagaytay via SLEX (take Sta. Rosa or Mamplasan-LIIP exit and follow through) and make a right turn upon reaching the Tagaytay Rotonda, going all the way beyond Tagaytay Public Market and past the marker welcoming you to Nasugbu. Evercrest is just a little past KM. 72. Inside Evercrest, go straight then make a left turn. You can either park in the village (take the right, downward road) or follow through and randomly park in the road, or fall for some ‘parking spaces’ that locals have created for P50-100/day.
Becuase of the many ‘ups and downs’ of Mt. Batulao, the altitude gain from the jump-off point to the summit is actually less than 300 MASL.