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Mt. Makiling - Mudspring Main route

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Trail is supposed to be created by UPLB to have asphalt for vehicles, but the duration of time, it is now replaced by very rocky and slippery rocks, mixture of mud. The trail towards mudspring junction is as slippery, you might need a 2.3 tire going up. once you have reach the junction, you have already accummulated approximately 4KM travel and hav ascended 400 MASL. ONce you have reach Mudspring junction, continue the road up, you will feel that the trail becomes narrower but yet rocky and loose rocks. continue up for another 100 meters ascend and you will reach the watersource area for hikers (be polite as you pass through hikers along the way), some zigzaging curves and you will come across a very big trunk blocking the way, this would be the start of the foot trail. You can make your way up to peak 1, but will require you to carry your bike in most of the trails. at the Trunk area, you will have reached 500 MASL elevation. Downhill trail down would be very technical, very bumpy ride with loose round rocks. Everything down the trail will give you non-stop bumps untill you have reached the ranger station.
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Latitude
14.160545036264903
Longitude
121.24048233032226
Trail Directions
There are many directions to the Main route for Mt. Makiling Mudspring. You can either take the junction to the right Going to the International Rice Research Institute(IRR) in Los Banos (30 MASL)(good asphalt road) or take the road junction going to UP Los Banos Proper. Make your way through or just ask for directions from the locals. Take the road inside UP vicinity area to the Ranger Station (100 MASL) of Mt. Makiling Forest Reservation. You need to log in and pay 5.00 pesos per person for the visit.
Trail Length
6KM ascend only from Ranger station (plus 2KM after mudspring area)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Los Banos, Laguna
   


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Review Date
June 7, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JantheMan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Muddy, rocky uphill trail under a canopy of trees so the hot Philippine weather is not a factor. You can ride this trail at any time of the day but you have to be a bit cautious about the hidden rocks and deep mud which makes up for about 90% of the trail. There is also a biker stop approximately 700meters before reaching the Mudspring where you would have to carry your bike 95% of the time from that point on wards as you would be penetrating the forest through a hiker trail with big trees and boulders along the way.

Recommended Route:
University of the Philippines, College of forestry route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Peak 2 and Agila (Philippine term for eagle) base....approximately 4 Km. farther after you reach the junction going to the Mudspring.



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Review Date
July 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: paulbaguio ,  Cross Country Rider , from Baguio

Summary:
Trail is easy to find since this is a famous route for mountaineers and hikers. Very slippery trail going up if you are not wearing some 2.3 size tires after the rain. I would rate the trail as 3 of 5, with 5 as the most difficult. Trail going up from Mudspring Junction requires additional push up for more slippery rocks (This damn trail is all bumps and rocks!!!) Reaching the big trunk would require you to carry your bike and continue the foot trail.... very technical if you'll ride the trail though. Downhill ride (going back) is possible at 30 to 40KMH unless you are prepared like having a very plush suspension fork and very reliable brakes or a hydraulic disc brake is readily included. Rigid forks or not so plushy suspension forks will only hurt your hands and may require you to take a rest once in a while. But do enjoy the downhill ride, some jumps are so unpredictable.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
check out this site:
www.geocities.com/paulbaguio2/bike_main.htm



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