HIKING WITH A KID

They say kids can't (or shouldn't) hike mountains. Here's proof they can. 

Lia started hiking when she was a few months shy of two. We certainly aren't worthy of being called mountaineers, but we do try to ditch the screen and spend a day on mountains every once in a while. We started with road walks and short trails, then transitioned to hills, then lastly to "proper" mountains. 

Here are those long walks she's had.


Mt. Samat

Location: Pilar, Bataan
Elevation: 545 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 7 kms
Hours to summit: 2 hours
Date trekked/ age: February 2014, 22 months



Hill in Sisiman

Location: Brgy. Sisiman, Mariveles, Bataan
Elevation: Around 50 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 200 meters
Hours to summit: 10 minutes

Date trekked/ age:  August 2014, 2 years old



Quitinday Hills 

Location: Camalig, Albay
Elevation: 137 masl (highest peak)
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 300 meters
Hours to summit: 15 minutes


Date trekked/ age: April 2015, 3 years old



Kawa-Kawa Hill 


Location: Ligao, Albay
Elevation: 236 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 1 km
Hours to summit/ rim: 30 minutes


Date trekked/ age: April 2015, 3 years old



A hillside farming community in Benguet 

Location: La Trinidad, Benguet
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 1 km to 1.5 kms
Hours to complete: 1 hour


Date trekked/ age: October 2015, 3 years old




Mt. Balagbag 

Location: Rodriguez, Rizal
Elevation: 777 masl
Difficulty: 3/10
Trail length: Around 8 kms (from parking area in Licao-Licao)
Hours to summit: 3-4 hours


Date trekked/ age: November 2015, 3 years old





Mt. Samat



Location: Pilar, Bataan
Elevation: 545 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 7 kms
Hours to summit: 2 hours
Date trekked/ age:  January 2016, 3 years old




Mt.  Pinatubo (via Sta. Juliana trail) 

Location: Capas, Tarlac
Elevation: 960 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 7 kms
Hours to summit: 2 hours; 3 hours with a kid

Date trekked/ age:  January 2016, 3 years old




Trail in Norzagaray

Location: Bitbit, Norzagaray, Bulacan
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: 1 km
Hours to complete: Around 45 minutes with a kid

Date trekked/ age: February 2016, 3 years old






Trail in DRT

Location: Brgy. Bayabas, Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 2 km (loop)
Hours to complete: 1.5 hours with a kid


Date trekked/ age: February 2016, 3 years old








Mt. Pulag (Peak 5/ Tower)

Location: Kabayan, Benguet
Elevation: 2,922 masl
Difficulty: 4/10
Trail length: 8 kms
Hours to summit: 3 hours; 4-5 hours with a kid


Date trekked/ age: March 2016, 3 years old






Sandari Batulao trail 

Location: Batulao, Batangas
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 1 to 1.5 kms
Hours to summit: Around 1 hour (loop)


Date trekked/ age: May 2016, 4 years old




Mataas na Bato 

Location: San Rafael, Bulacan
Elevation: 150+ masl
Difficulty: 3/10 (with rock scrambling)
Trail length: Around 1 to 1.5 kms (from river/ parking area)
Hours to summit: 1.5 hours


Date trekked/ age: November 2016, 4 years old






Laiban Falls Circuit: Mt. Lubo - Mt. Ngusong Kabayo - Tangwa Peak - Laiban Cuatro Falls

Location: Tanay, Rizal
Elevation: 625 masl (Mt. Ngusong Kabayo); 602 masl (Tangwa Peak)
Difficulty: 5/10 
Trail length: 16 kms (loop)
Hours to complete: 5-6 hours; 8 hours with a kid


Date trekked/ age: December 2016, 4 years old





Banal na Bundok + Biak na Bato National Park

Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 2.5 kms back and forth (1 km per way for Biak na Bato trail)
Hours to complete: 1 hour


Date trekked/ age: January 2017, 4 years old






Mt. Arayat (North Peak trail)

Location: Magalang, Pampanga
Elevation: 1,026 masl
Difficulty: 4/10
Trail length: 7 kms (from registration area; additional 1 km from tricycle drop off to registration)
Hours to summit: Around 4-5 hours; 6 hours with a kid


Date trekked/ age:  February 2017, 4 years old








Mt. Manalmon 

Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Elevation: 196 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 2 kms
Hours to summit: 1 to 1.5 hours 

Date trekked/ age: February 2017, 4 years old




Mt. Pinagbandirahan/ Gulugod Baboy 

Location: Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
Elevation: 470 masl (Peak 1); 485 masl (Peak 2); 525 masl (Peak 3)
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: Around 6 kms
Hours to summit: 2-3 hours


Date trekked/ age: March 2017, 4 years old








Osmena Peak 

Location: Dalaguete, Cebu
Elevation: 1,013 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 300-400 meters from registration area 
Hours to summit: 30 minutes max


Date trekked/ age: May 2017, 5 years old



Mt. Bandilaan/ Mt. Malabahoc

Location: Lazi, Siquijor
Elevation: 557 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 100 meters
Hours to summit: 10 minutes from parking area


Date trekked/ age: May 2017, 5 years old




Apo Island lighthouse trail

Location: Apo Island, Negros Oriental
Elevation: Around 100 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: Around 500 meters
Hours to lighthouse/ highest point: 30 minutes

Date trekked/ age: May 2017, 5 years old




Mt. Gola


Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Elevation: 196 masl
Difficulty: 3/10
Trail length: 3.5 kms
Hours to summit: 2.5 to 3 hours

Date trekked/ age: May 2017, 5 years old



Mt. Oro (340 MASL)


Location: Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal
Elevation: 340 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 6 kms (loop)
Hours to summit:2-3 hours; 4 hours with a kid

Date trekked/ age: October 2017, 5 years old


Mt. Tayawan + Mt. Kalugong 

Location: Tawang, Benguet
Elevation: 1,525 masl
Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: 1.2 kms
Hours to summit: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Date trekked/ age: November 2017, 5 years old




Mt. Manalmon

Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Elevation: 196 masl
Difficulty: 2/10
Trail length: 2 kms
Hours to summit: 1 to 1.5 hours 

Date trekked/ age: January 2018, 5 years old




Mt. Malasimbu

Location: Brgy. Pita, Dinalupihan, Bataan
Elevation: 411 masl
Difficulty: 3/10
Trail length: 7 kms
Hours to summit: 2-3 hours; 4 hours with a kid


Date trekked/ age: March 2018, 5 years old




Lake Bababu

Location: Basilisa, Dinagat Islands
Difficulty: 3/10
Trail length: Around 600 meters
Hours to complete: 50 minutes to 1 hour

Date trekked/ age: May 2018, 6 years old




Camp John Hay Yellow Trail

Location: Baguio City, Benguet
 Difficulty: 1/10
Trail length: 1 km
Hours to complete: 1 hour

Date trekked/ age: June 2018, 6 years old


Mt. Gola


Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Elevation: 196 masl
Difficulty: 3/10
Trail length: 3.5 kms
Hours to summit: 2.5 to 3 hours

Date trekked/ age: October 2018, 6 years old




Mt. Anggas/ Nyors Playground

Location: Gitagum, Misamis Oriental
Elevation: 1,500+ masl
Difficulty: 5/10
Trail length: 7 kms
Hours to summit: 2-3 hours (entire loop)
Date trekked/ age: November 2018, 6 years old



Anonymous said...

I really admire families travelling with their kids. It's a good family bonding and the kids learns a lot too.

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Gretchen Filart Dublin said...

I agree. Exploring the outdoors is really a wonderful opportunity to refresh the parent-child bond and make discoveries together.

Thanks for visiting! :)

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