Rising at 1,157 MASL, Mt. Malindig is the highest peak in the province of Marinduque. A quick and easy hike, it starts with a level trek through the locals’ backyards and a field of coconut trees. Next is a mild ascent through the pasture lands. Without any tree cover, it becomes cumbersome in the midday to midafternoon heat. Aside from the cows grazing idly by the trail, hikers would also need to watch out for the itchy “lipa” plants (and trees). A little stream is crossed before going up to cogon-lined trails leading to the military outpost.
Hikers enter the forest line after the brief stop and courtesy visit at the outpost. Felled trees and mossy roots adorn most part of the trail. After about a half of an hour ascent, the summit of Malindig is reached. Heavily covered by trees, there is no view of the neighboring towns and islands from the peak. Rather, there is a campsite at the summit where at most ten (10) tents can be set up.
A Malindig dayhike itinerary looks like this:
14:00 ETA Brgy. Sihi, Buenavista; register at the barangay hall (Php20.00)
14:15 Start trek
15:45 ETA military outpost
16:00 Commence summit assault
16:40 ETA summit
17:00 Start descent
18:00 ETA jumpoff point
A registration fee is paid at the barangay hall. They will subsequently issue a receipt as proof of payment. Although the trail is straightforward, getting local guides are required and made available at the jumpoff point (Php500.00 per guide).