Their are several entry points to Makiling however the local tourism decided that from now on Sipit trail will be the official trail for hikers and mountaineers (other trails are still open though).
It was my first time in Makiling and according to them Sipit trail is quite longer than the Palanggana Trail, so this will be a test of endurance because I was in full pack. A heavy backpack on my shoulder, long hours of trek..... and Limatik.
Station 3 is a bit assault until a full assault going to Station 7, guided by ropes going up was a great help because the trail was muddy at that time.
Entering a dense forested area, few limatiks were experienced from this area (very much lucky). Peak 2 had 3 Cross installed on it and from here we met few other mountaineers trekking via Palanggana Trail. Meet and Greet then descend since its beginning to rain.
Gradual and very very long walk awaits after the dense forest... we stopped at the first store for some cola then headed to the second store. We chatted with some locals and found out that Habal-habal is on its way and we can rent it up to the exit point for wash up..... without hesitation, the four of us rented these single motors while Sir Arvin preferred to continue trekking.
My body can no longer sustain what's left in me to pursue the trail..... and seeing the trail from the second store all the way to the exit point.... It was a good move to rent the habal habal or else....
Indeed Mt. Makiling is the best training ground for climbers/hikers who wishes to pursue major climbs because of its complex trails...... Indeed, "I shall return" to this mountain one day.... in light pack, more pictures and detailed climb logs.