Hwanggeumsan - Elephant Rock Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This short trail leads to a peak with a nice view and then ends at a beach near a rock structure known as "Elephant Rock". This hike begins at a well marked trail head. There is a large map available at the trail head stairs with a number of different hiking options, all of which are fairly easy and short. The route that we took goes to the top of the peak which has some nice views and some small cultural buildings and rock piles. It then drops down to a rocky beach on the opposite side of the hill near some large rocky outcroppings. The most noticeable feature is known as "elephant rock" due to is resemblance to a large elephant. This is not a sandy beach but a rounded pebble beach.
We completed this adventure with the whole family (included our two dogs). The hike is not long and is very easy to complete with only a 400 foot elevation gain to reach the small lookout peak. There are alternate routes listed on the map at the trailhead and it is possible to get to the beaches on the other side of the hill without going to the peak for an even easier stroll. Elephant rock is pretty cool to see and my kids enjoyed building rock towers with the large rounded rocks on the beach. The beach here is not sandy so don't expect to be able to lay out and sunbathe. Great experience and the adventure includes just finding the way here. We used GPS coordinates to reach the parking lot and enjoyed the ride. There is not very much information on this hike in English which just added to the adventure of it all. Great memories.