Samcheonsa - Nawolbong - Yongchulbong
ElevationAscent: 2,302' 702 m
Descent: -2,192' -668 m
High: 2,249' 685 m
Low: 227' 69 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)
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“A fun, energetic semi-exposed ridgeline with a secluded feeling.”— Nate D
Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers
Need to Know
Normal day-use of the park is no-cost. I don't know about parking, as I always took the subway or buses. No camping, although you may see signs of people having camped before.
From there, follow the trails sticking to the crest of the ridges, making your way southeast to the central "spine" ridge, then back around to the northwest. The trail once again becomes poorly marked at the end, and it just pops out in a small neighborhood out of nowhere. Kinda cool. Make your way back to the nearest subway station and head home!
This hike is comprised of less-maintained trails. If you search the Internet there are some English-language guides to various ‘courses’. Korean for trail/route/course is almost always 길 which is one word meaning any designated avenue of travel, including streets etc. They don’t have separate words for types of trails, but will add words beforehand to specify, such as 암벽 등반 길 “rock wall climbing way” for a technical rock route, or 등산 길 “hiking/mountaineering way”.
This hike is not a designated course, but with such a huge population that loves hiking, it looks as maintained as a formal trail in the USA. The park does not prohibit the use of undesignated trails; however if they rope off an area to allow regrowth, don’t go in. The official courses can get so crowded on weekends, especially in the fall, that there are actual standstill lines to get to the famous sites/summits. As such, a less popular hike like this is a good option!