Mt. Balingkilat: The Inferno Trail Dayhike

By Jalene B.D.S.

Subic, Zambales
Jumpoff: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic Town
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4


I got addicted to climbing mountains and while browsing online I came across this DIY event — Mt. Balingkilat with Sidetrip to Nagsasa Cove, Anawangin Cove, and Capones Island at an affordable budget. And so, I joined…


Early morning hike

We started early in the morning, it will be difficult if you hike this mountain in broad daylight. There are few trees on this mountain, the road is steep and grassy. If you’re going to hike this mountain you should wear clothes that will cover your arms, legs, and even your hands/face to avoid scratches.



Mt. Balingkilat, literally the “Mountain of Thunder” in the native Aeta language, is at 1100 MASL one of the highest peaks in the Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area

 I joined without conducting some research about this mountain. I heard from others that this mountain seems to be a difficult climb for many reasons. It was even tagged as “The Inferno Trail Dayhike.” But I disregarded all that I’ve heard, I wanted to experience it first before I believe them.


Looking back at what I’ve been through, such a rewarding experience

It’s really a good thing that one of my friends who didn’t joined this day hike took my tent and my packed foods. Somehow, it lifts the weight of my bag pack. They went to Nagsasa Cove directly, good decision because that’s more convenient! That’s what I thought at first, but I realised that I’m blessed to experience this, I learned to appreciate whatever resources I have — 700ml of water and 500 ml of sports drink, 1 packed lunch, etc. “Experience is better than convenience.”


Y for Yeshua! Yeshua means “salvation.” I found that bamboo stick during our journey to the summit of Mt. Balingkilat. Thank you Jesus for saving me from this Inferno trail!

I can’t feel the heat that much. It’s the cold breeze that welcome us when we arrive at the camp site. There’s 7 of us including the tour guide who arrived first at the campsite. I thought it’s the summit that time, after we ate lunch and took some photos at that spot they asked me to go with them at the summit. At the back of my head, “I though this is it?” But I went with them, I didn’t regret it. One thing I can say to describe the summit of Mt. Balingkilat — “Wonderful!”


Groupie with the people I’ve met on this adventure

I believe them now. It’s not difficult, it’s only a challenging climb but it’s worth it considering the view that you will see at the summit. It compensates all the challenges I experienced during the climb. It’s an exhilarating experience conquering Mt. Balingkilat. It took 13 hours to conquer this mountain.


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