near Pulgwangil-tong, Seoul (South Korea)
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From the peaks, you will have an amazing view of Seoul and Bukhansan national park.
You will climb the following peaks:
- Jokduribong, 370 m
- Hyangnobong, 535 m
- Seunggabong, 567 m
- Munsubong, 727 m
- Baegundae, 836.5 m
And will pass close to some other peaks.
I mark this trail as moderate. There is no problem to find a way since there are many signs and the trail is well organized. There is no bouldering, boulder hopping, scrambling, climbing, rope business, walking on edges with high exposure, etc. But the trail is 15+ km long with 1500 m elevation gain which requires good stamina. Apart from that, it includes climbing the Bibong peak which does not have any handrails or ropes for assistance and can be tricky for many people.
The trail starts not far from Bulgwang metro station (Lines 3 and 6). Walk along Bulgwang-ro street till you reach Bulgwan-ro 6-gil. Walk along this street and you will see a staircase on the left. Trailhead coordinates are 37.613906, 126.933895.
The trail will end not far from Bukhansan Ui metro station.
Time to finish.
I spent 8h doing this route. Out of this time I spent about 30 mins eating my snacks on different peaks. I also took many pictures. So, if you do not waste time on this, you can finish it probably in 7h, if you have a good fitness level. But take into account that you have to find the trailhead (about 10-15 mins) and walk to the metro station about 2 km when you finish. So I recommend to start it no later than 8 AM to finish before sunset.
It significantly depends on the season. For the end of October, I would say you need:
1) High-cut hiking shoes
2) 1.5 liters of water, electrolytes
3) fleece jacket
5) gloves to hold installed security rails and ropes
6) headlamp in case you finish after sunset (you never know)
Wikiloc in Korea.
When I came to Korea I found that I could not really zoom in on the Wikiloc map after a certain level. I recommend you to download the GPS track on your Garmin, Suunto, or another GPS device and follow the trail rather than rely only on your phone. Those devices will allow you to see the track in detail. Also, offline maps on Wikiloc should work.
P-01. Start. Staircase
P-02. City view
P-03. Terrain type
P-05. Jokduribong Peak. 370 m
P-06. Hand Rails for assistance
P-07. Peak face view
P-08. View of Hyangnobong peak
P-09. Peak climb map
P-10. Closed summit to Hyangnobong peak
P-11. Hyangnobong peak, 535 m
P-12. Bibong peak face
P-13. Bibong peak climb map
P-14. Bibong peak top
P-15. Event place
P-18. Seunggabong peak 567 m
P-20. Munsubong peak face
P-21. Munsubong peak 727 m and fortress start
P-22. Daenammun gate - 'Great south gate'
P-23. Daeseongmun gate - 'Great Fortress gate'
P-24. Hwaryongbong peak passing
P-25. Seongdeokbong peak top
P-26. Baegundae peak face view (tallest peak of Bukhansan mt, 836.5m)
From here you can climb Deakjangbong peak if you follow the wall. I did not know it and missed it heading straight to Sidanbong peak
P-29. Dongjangdae - 'East command post', Sidanbong peak top
From here while walking to the next gate you will pass - Ballyongbong peak - Giryongbong peak - Wolchulbong peak - Ilchulbong peak All of them will be on the right hand site.
P-31. Yongambong peak face
P-32. Nojeocbong peak face (closed)
P-33. Baegundae peak face
P-34. Baek-wun Bong-'am-mun gate. Start of Baegundae peak climbing
Right after the gate turn left and start Baegundae peak climbing