Though Mt Banahaw offers some of the most impressive hiking in southern Luzon, the summit is off-limits to trekkers indefinitely to prevent environmental damage caused by unchecked trekking and mass pilgrimages up the lower slopes of the mountain. Contact Biodiversity Management Bureau in Quezon City to see if the mountain is open to trekkers and to enquire about permits. The main trailheads for both Mt Banahaw and Mt Cristobal are near the village of Kinabuhayan.
Besides Mt Banahaw, Mt Cristobal and Mt Banahaw de Lucban, another good hiking option in this mountainous region of southwest Luzon is flora- and fauna-rich Mt Makiling near Los Baños. Leeches are rampant on all of these peaks in the wet season.