Explore the most popular National Parks in South Korea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It continues to be one of my favorite hikes in Korea. It is a moderate hike with the greatest level of effort coming at the end as the trail turns to steps when you hit the summit. But the views make any amount of effort worth it. You cannot pass up this hike if you are in Seoraksan.

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2 months ago

Really wonderful hike. I am relatively in shape and it wasn’t that difficult it there were parts that were challenging. If you take it slow you can totally do it and it is very much worth it!

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2 months ago

Great hike, two sections are under construction and will get bridges in the coming months to assist in the water crossing. The Gapsa temple is a gorgeous and solemn place to pause in order to experience its beauty. Enjoy the waterfalls and quite woods on the way up.

Of note: up hill hiking is currently restricted from 0400-1700 which is not posted anywhere other than a few posters once you get 1/3 of the way up the Gapsa trail. Plan accordingly.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Easy with incredible views.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hundreds of stairs toward the end but well worth it. Very crowded during Fall weekends.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Yea it's good, I wouldn't rate it as hard more like easy/moderate. if you can hike 10 - 15 miles in a mountain environment this is a piece of cake.
great views on the way up, toilets etc.
can be very hot make sure you have enough water.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Forest, rock, and river views with gentle elevation changes. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes suitable for walking on uneven and potentially slippery surfaces. Hold the handrail by the section of metal walkway on the way down to prevent taking a dive. Wildlife included several chipmunks, a frog, two crows, a magpie, and an unidentified, fast-moving rodent. Only encountered two other hikers on a Wednesday morning in May. No vendors, but there are a couple of toilets before you reach the major elbow of the trail towards Biryeong Falls. Very few informational panels are translated into English, but the directional signposts are.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fun but challenging hike. Get ready to go up a lot of stairs! We went during August and it was quite humid. Fun views once you get to the top.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I hiked this August of 2014 and loved it!! Pretty strenuous once you start up the 888 stairs to the top. Random little shops and restaurants on the way up which was fun. Very nice to get some ice cream on the way back down haha. The view at the top is amazing. I went earlier in the morning so it was still quite foggy but cleared up. Highly recommend this hike, or at least just vising the park.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hiked this easy trail today with my boys. The hike to the waterfall is a nice easy stroll along a stream. The trail can then be continued up to the peak in better weather. Unfortunately that part of the trail was closed due to snow and we didn't have proper gear so the ranger wouldn't allow us to continue.

hiking
Sunday, February 15, 2015

I completed this hike a couple of days ago with my two boys, ages 12 and 11. We completed the hike all the way to the peak which is about a 2000 ft elevation gain. The hike is difficult but very doable with a well marked and maintained trail the entire way. I would highly recommend this trail as it offers great diversity from forest to peaks and cultural temple sights along the way. We didn't have proper winter gear which made it a bit difficult and slippery near the top but by March it should be clear i would think.

We went on the cable car and then hiked to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the view on a nice spring afternoon to finish off a day of hiking at Seoraksan National Park. This hike provides an incredible view, especially for the little effort that is required. This is well worth the time to go and see it.

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Wife, kids and I did this hike recently in the spring. We started that hike at about 10AM from the main visitor center area after buying our tickets to the cable car which we would ride later. We only had four hours and the sign said that this was a four hour hike so it seemed like a nice fit. The first half of hike is fairly easy with a gentle slope upwards. There is resting area with food and a popular rock that hikers like to pose with about half way through the hike. Following this rest area the hike gets very strenuous with a constant uphill trail. Parts of the hike are so steep that stairs have been built, especially near the end where you are essentially climbing stairs up the final rock cliff face of Ulsanbawi (bawi stands for rock in Korean). The view from the top is amazing and I would highly recommend this hike. The trip up took about 2 1/2 hours but we got down in just over an hour to catch our cable car. This was a tough hike but the highlight of our day and something we will remember forever.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I hiked this trail in October of 2013. The fall colors are incredible. The trail is well maintained and the falls are amazing.

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