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Hiking Places in Tarlac

Hiking Places in Tarlac

People think that Tarlac is equal to lowland. Even majority of the locals just assume that it”s just a plain in the middle of Luzon and is one of the longest roads you travel if you”re heading north. One friend even joked that when you sleep entering Tarlac, you will wake up still in Tarlac. Little did people know that 1/3 of the province”s territory is composed of hills and mountains.

A third of Tarlac”s territory is composed of hills and mountains.


If there”s one place where beginners, intermediate, and expert climbers can find a place to hike, it”s Tarlac. The province”s hilly and mountainous western part welcomes casual nature lovers who want the easy but rewarding trails.There are a few waterfalls and scenic hill tops to choose from if you”re just looking for a good nature trip. On the other hand, there are major climbs including the highest mountain in Central Luzon for people who wants more challenge and are experienced. Below are different mountains and trails that you can hike sorted according to least to most difficult.


Duglo Falls – San Jose

Photo by Paolo Beltran

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an easy 1 hour hike. There is river crossing and a little bit boulder climbing but nothing too difficult. I personally enjoyed the view of the big boulders and rock formations.

Timangguyob falls – San Clemente

Photo by Carmela Prado

timangguyob falls

It’s a 15 meter high waterfall located in an unknown place called Sitio Dueg, Barangay Maasin in San Clemente, Tarlac (small town in the north-west of the province). Because of its constant water flow, this wonderful natural creation crafted two basin-like structures through long years of pounding liquid on boulders.

Ubod Falls – San Clemente

Photo by Juric Cancio

ubod falls“Ubod falls was by far the highest water fall in Tarlac and is probably the most promising destination in terms of its tourism potential. A100 feet drop water falls with an enticing pool to lure anyone to bathe in its icy cold water.”

- by GAME-NEST (Green Advocates for Mother Earth – Nature Explorers” Society of Tarlac)

Mt. Pinatubo – Capas

Photo by Nikki Tacata

“Mt Pinatubo has been a popular hiking spot of the country. It’s friendly to the weak knees and kind to the non-hikers. It promises the beautiful and peaceful Pinatubo casino online lake at the end of the 2-hour hike.”

- by Nikki Tacata (

Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
LLA*: 15°8″35″N, 120°20″54″E, 960 MASL**
Days required / Hours to crater: 1 day, 45 min 4×4 2 hrs hike
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1



Mt. Bungkol Baka – San Jose

Photo by Diana R. Prado

“At the summit, you will be treated to a view of the nearby towns; notable landmarks to see include the San Jose Dam and Ngile River. You may encounter cows grazing – in keeping with the mountain”s name. All said, the mountain is a benign climb – and a fresh destination.”

Major jumpoff: Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba, San Jose
LLA*: 551 MASL**
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3″



Mt. Tangisan – San Jose

Photo from GAME-NEST

“The trek takes 3-4 hours. The first leg involves some river crossings, then a bamboo forest ensues, followed by an open area assault to the summit. The beginning of this assault is marked by what seem to be an out of place rice field. At

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the summit, you will be treated to a view of the nearby towns and local fruits abound during the rainy season.”

Major jumpoff: Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba, San Jose
LLA*: 500 MASL** Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours”



Mt. TMC-Kawayan – San Jose

“The trek takes 4-5 hours. The first leg involves some river crossings, then a bamboo forest ensues, followed by an open area assault to the summit. The beginning of this assault is marked by what seem to be an out of place rice field. At the summit, you will be treated to a view of the nearby towns and local fruits abound during the rainy season.

Major jumpoff: Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba, San Jose
LLA*: 500 MASL**
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 4-5 hours”



Mt. Damas – San Clemente, Tarlac

Photo by from GAME-NEST
“Mt. Damas may arguably have the distinction of being the most scenic mountain in Tarlac. One of the more exciting highlights, aside from the captivating sunrise amid the morning clouds is the 2 and a half hour descent to Ubod falls.
Major jumpoff: Dueg Resettlement, San Clemente Tarlac
Alternate jumpoff: Brgy. Papaac, Camiling Tarlac
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1-2 days/ 4-5 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, trail class 1-4″

Mt. Tapulao – Mayantoc, Tarlac

“This trail which comes from the northwest is much more challenging than the regular Zambales route, and both trails can be covered by a traverse. Moreover, the variety of environments in this trek is touted as the greatest reward of doing the traverse.

Entry point: Brgy. Labney, Mayantoc
Exit point: Brgy. Dampay-Salaza, Palauig
LLA*: 15.4833 N, 120.1166 E, 2037 MASL**
Days requires / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 14 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 8/9, Exploration, Trail class 1-4″


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places are linked . Follow the articles and most of it will help you how to hike in Tarlac.


Different organizations like Tarlac Mountaineering Club (TMC), GAME-NEST, UP Mountaineers, and others have been actively exploring Tarlac for the past few years. Since the government hasn”t formally placed systems to accommodate hikers, some of the organizations are willing to help out guests. TMC is willing to assist interested groups who would like to visit any Tarlac mountain. Get in touch with them by contacting the following:

Nathaniel De Jesus (any trail)
TMC Coordinator 0915 944 2224

JM Modomo (San Clemente Trails)
Tourism Officer Municipality of San Clemente
0927 230 9196

GAME-NEST (any trail)

*LLA: Longitude, Latitude, Altitude
**MASL: Meters above sea level


    • Thanks! There are more trails and peaks in Tarlac yet to be established. We’ll let you guys know if they’re ready for guests :)

      • hi mam, interesting site. i am a member of game-nest and i am willing to share some photos of other mountain peaks like mt. kemalogong and mt. sem-ilya. we have explored these mountains last year and photos are available in my fb account. thanks and more power.

        • hi wey! thank you so much for the additional info. Glad to hear more people like you are interested to help out consolidate places to visit in tarlac. Mabuhay Ka!

  1. Hi Ms. Carmela, me and my friends are actually planning to visit some fall here in our City, but we dont have the idea on how to be there. Can you give us some instructions or directions on how? Its a pleasure if you can assist us.. We are looking for a little bit difference and adventure for this summer. Thank you and may God Bless you…

    • Hi Gladys!
      Glad to hear that you and your friends are planning to explore Tarlac :) I do have a few questions before answering you. What waterfall are you planning to visit? Is your group composed of beginners, intermediate, or experienced hikers? Do you want an overnight thing or just a day trip?

      I would suggest that if you guys are beginner to intermediate hikers, go for a day trip in:
      1. Timangguyob Falls in San Clemente (1 hr easy walk)
      2. Calao Falls in Sitio Calao Mayantoc (45 min easy walk)
      Other falls in summer time like in San Jose have currently low levels of water so I wouldn’t suggest to go there if you’re looking for the waterfall experience.

      The Sustainable Tourism Development Program officer Angel Simbol (also a Tarlac Mountaineering Club officer) of the Tarlac Capitol is one of the best resource persons I can suggest to ask how to facilitate your trip. Get in touch with him via his mobile number 09173432797. Tell him endorsed you to him ;)

  2. Hi.. we are planning to climb mt. tapulao from mayontoc to dampay salaza… do you have a guide to recommend? can we have their contact number? many thanks. 09173286398

    • Greetings Joey! So great to hear you’re going up Tapulao :) Contact Nath De Jesus on his mobile phone number 09159442224. He is a member of the Sustainable Tourism Development Program of he province and has the database of all accredited and trained guides in Tarlac :) Have fun on your adventure!

  3. Good day ma’am Carmela.My group and I are planning to visit Tarlac in one of our future adventure trips.We’re a group of 5,i just wonder if hiking Mt. Damas is recommended considering this small number.In terms of expenses, will this be an issue?WE may consider ourselves average hikers.Your kind insights and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Yamet :)

      We are happy to know that you’re planning your next adventure here in our province. A group of 5 is a very good number actually. Not too many to be handled :) I don’t think there will be an issue in expenses, you just have to do your research in finding out how to get to San Clemente town. I suggest you contact their municipal office (check town directory link) and schedule a 4×4 vehicle with them with your number.

      The difficulty to Mt. Damas is classified as a major climb with difficulty of 6/9, trail class 1-4. I suggest you make sure that you’re with a professional climber (google Tarlac Mountaineering Club [TMC] or Sustainable Tourism Development Program of Tarlac, bunch of friendly folks). Their contact info is at the end of this article.

      Hope you enjoy your climb soon!

  4. Hi miss Carmela me and my mountaineering Team are planning to climb Mt. Damas this coming May 24-25. It will be a day hike since this will be our first time exploring Tarlac. I just want to ask if you know anybody who can help us get a ride to Brgy. Papaac jump off. Thanks!

    • Hi Ringo! Going to Papaac is usually renting out jeepney either from Tarlac City or Camiling Town. I do hope natuloy kayo :)

  5. Hi I’m interested in hiking and I would like to visit some of the trail and water falls in Tarlac. Is there any contact person or organisation that I could join in a group? Just a short visit on 1st week of November Thanks and more power!

    • Hi Marissa :) Tarlac Mountaineering Club is active in climbing the terrains of Tarlac. Do get in touch with them via their facebook page or their President Hensel Quilling at 0916-223-2283.

  6. Great list! I look forward to doing all of these hikes.

    Also have some friends coming from overseas so will try to book a guide.

  7. hi carmela, have u tried hiking in dueg?

    • HI Andy! Yes I have :) I’ve actually tried trail running from Brgy Maasin to Sitio Dueg before with friends.


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