International scientists attending the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network East Asia and Pacific (ILTER-EAP) training workshop and conference visit Mount Makiling’s 2-hectare LTER site. The event is attended by local and foreign participants from various ILTER network member countries, academe, local institutions, and non-government organizations.
Mariang Makiling Trail stretches 8.9 kilometers from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources campus. Via this main trail, you can access several points of interest within the forest reserve from Flatrocks to the Permanent Field Laboratory Areas to Mudspring, and finally to Peak II.
Three Peaks crown the Mount Makiling, a dormant volcano. Seen from above, Mount Makiling has a collaped caldera facing towards Batangas evident of its violent past. The rim of the broken caldera forms the three peaks, Peak II being the most accessible and famous among the public.
Mudsprings are formed due to Mount Makiling’s volcanic history. Within the boundaries of MMFR there are occurences of mud pots, a type of hot spring where volcanic heat and sulphuric acid break down surrounding rocks into clay. The Mudspring is located within the Molawin-Dampalit watershed, 6 kilometers along the Makiling trail from the first checkpoint.
Flatrocks is on of the most frequented place in MFR by visitors. In this place, Molawin Creek flows on large slabs of rocks with forming natural pools. The Flatrocks area is a few hundred meters walk from Checkpoint # 1.
The Makiling Botanic Gardens is situated at the lower elevations of the Molawin-Dampalit watershed. The Maralas and Molawin creeks join within the park vicinities and is drained towards the UPLB campus and finally to the Laguna Lake. MBG hosts several native, endemic, and exotic plants for the visitors to experience.