Mount Soyosan Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Mount Soyosan Trail is a 7.4 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Soyo-dong, Gyeonggi, South Korea that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

7.4 km
481 m



trail running







wild flowers


no dogs

Mount Soyo, or Soyosan, a 1,926-foot mountain northeast of Dongducheon City, is notable for the scenic beauty of its azaleas, maple trees, waterfalls and unusual rock formations. It also has spiritual significance for locals as the place where Saint Wonhyo achieved his spiritual awakening. This trail has so much to offer year round, to highlight a few aspects; This is a tourist area so it is busy at the trail head. At the base of the MT is a fresh water spring, here you will see many locals praying and and creating "memorial Cairn" (stacking rocks), the locals will drink and splash this water on their foreheads (it is encouraged to drink from the spring before you depart-it is like ask/telling the MT you will be climbing it) there is a small cave here that also has spiritual/cultural significance. The trail begins to gradually climb up, then suddenly you will find yourself at the base of "The Stairway to Heaven" it is very steep but has many ropes to hold onto, there are several places to sit and rest , as many of the elderly tend to do. The climb has steps made from stone, roots and wood. as you get to the top you will have the option to go a few different ways (refer to map) there are waterfalls and overlooks; however by far in my opinion is the overlook not over the city side of the MT but the forest side, around noon you can sit her have lunch and listen to the local Monks chant and ring bells, very spiritual and awe inspiring. Once you descend the MT it is customary to drink from the fresh water spring, in a respectful manner (remember this is a place of reverence to many locals).

2 months ago

Very happy to have had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. The description says it is a hard course, it is, and it isn't. Be prepared for a lot of stairs! Not so bad if going down them, but if not....

3 months ago

This was my first hike in Korea, and I’m really glad I took it on. Still, it was far more intense than I expected. They really do mean this is a hike for experienced hikers. I am not one. But my friend and I managed. We took route 1, which is shown in red on the tail maps. The climb is incredibly steep, but doable. Sometimes the trail seems to disappear toward the top, and we found it best to always follow the ropes if the trail appears to split. When my friend and I started heading down we ran into the most trouble. We found that that particular trail (red going back toward the base of the mountain) is not often traversed. It was difficult to find where the trail was. There were several times along the way we found ourselves just heading down, hoping to see a sign, and needing to cross a creek or climb a few rocks to find our way back to the path. We almost got stuck when we discovered we’d come to the edge of a waterfall. A little scouting revealed a way down, but it was a little precarious. Eventually we did make it back. I highly recommend the hike for its stunning views and the intense workout. But if you are not experienced going off trail a bit and navigating rocky/rough terrain, I’d say go back out the way you came in. Happy Trails!

3 months ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike, friendly people that were very welcoming and breathtaking views. Come well prepared with plenty of water and snacks, and be ready for LOTS of stairs. The trail is steep and strenous at times, but completely worth it.

9 months ago

I hiked this trail couple of times while I lived in Korea. I recommend hitting it each season to see all the pretty changes. During spring the area had tons of water falls and it was absolutely gorgeous. The inclines can be fairly steep and strenuous for an unaccustomed hiker, however, as long as you have water and snacks, it will be worth it to get to the top.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Soyosan is a heavily traveled trail close to Dongducheon. It is a moderate to difficult trail based on the increase in elevation and endless flight of stairs. The view from the the top of mountain is great. Recommended gear to bring a backpack, water bottle, a snack, sweater or jacket (depending on the time of the year). There is a small entrance fee at the base along with shops and places to eat. There are signs located along the trail to guide you. Overall Soyosan is easily accessible, well marked, and well maintained. I would recommend

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Not going to lie, this one kicked my ass a little. Granted it's been over 5 years since I last did it and my knees aren't what they used to be. Excellent hike nonetheless. The 4/5 stars is because you have to pay to enter the park now. I definitely recommend tackling the trails in the spring or the fall. Summer is very hot and the winter is icy to say the least.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Definitely crowded, at least when I went. But awesome fall colors around the end of October. Good view from the peak and great sunset. It still doesn't beat the 12000 ft peaks in the Sierra Nevada's where I'm from but good for South Korea. I'll probably be going back

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My family and I completed much of this hike this during the fall. The falls colors were great and the trail is exceptionally well maintained and marked. The best route is to go the full loop which goes up one side and then along the peak and down the other side. A portion of the trail crosses through a temple that resides in a cave. Since we had our two dogs with us we were unable to complete the loop and had to turn back and go another way to make it an out and back adventure for us. We may try again without the dogs another tie to get the full experience.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Love this hike, so much to see-fresh water spring, 3+waterfalls, monk temple, caves, overlooks and beautiful vegetation that changes with the season.

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