Jun 24, 2011 · 11:45 PM
Ab Gu Jeong Station
With weather warming up we really have to get to the mountains and the beaches. So~ what if we can do both in one weekend?
Well, of all the mountains in Korea, Seorak Mountain is always at the top of the list. Depending on your political leaning its either Seoraksan mountain or Jirisan mountain at the top. (Sorry folks. A bit of marginal humor that was. kk)
With Halasan in Jeju rounding out the top 3.
And as far as beaches go you cant beat Naksan beach of the East Coast with its vast amounts of sand. Sand not found on the West coast due to all the mud.
So lets do both of these places. (Or some people can skip the hike and just be lazy on the beach both days.)
Perhaps the greatest view point in Seoraksan is the masterpiece view at the highest peak (Dae Chung Bong). At 1708 meters (5603 feet) it is 3rd highest of the big 3. Jeju Halasan is 1950 meters (6397 feet) and Jirisan is 1915 meters. Since you can begin the hike at 980 meters, the elevation rise is 700 meters (or about 2400 feet).
And the other must hike trail is the Dinosaur Ridge trail for its very impressive series of rocky peaks.
These two areas cannot be seen or reached by your regular Seoraksan sightseers. The views from cable car peak or other easier hikes starting from Seorak Valley (aka outer Seorak) cannot compare to the scale of these sights of inner Seorak.
The Giant Dae-Chung-Bong and Dinosaur Ridge Combo Course is for people who stay fit:
Probably the most giant of day hikes in Seoraksan, you start at Osaek Hot Springs and head up to Dae Chung Bong peak (3-5 hrs). Then from the peak head down to Hee Woon Gak (1hr) which is the starting point of the Dragon Ridge trail (4-6hrs) and then hike down to Bi Sun Dae (2 hrs). From Bi Sun Dae its easy stroll down to Seorak Valley (1hr).
Total Hike/Walk Time = 12-14 hours or so.
The Dae Chung Bong Regular Course for "Regular" People:
You start at Osaek and head up to Dae Chung Bong peak (4-5 hrs). Then from the peak head down to Hee Woon Gak (1hr). From here continue heading down Chun Bul Dong Valley and on to Bi Sun Dae (3 hours). From Bi Sun Dae its easy stroll down to Seorak Valley (1hr). Chunbuldong Valley is awesome with so many water falls and pools of water to dip your feet in.
Total Hike/Walk Time = 9-10 hours or so.
So you are going up at Osaek and out via the main tourist entrance to Seorak Valley.
The site you see open before your eyes at the peak will not disappoint you. It is truly spectacular.
And Bisundae is a good place to meet at the end and rest and get makgeolli or beer and pajun. We can all meet here.^^
And what better way than to conquer the most scenic parts of Seorak Mountain than to leave all of the heavy baggage on the bus and do the hike carrying only a camera and water bottle.
Both hiking courses are not recommended for the 1st time hikers or those with physical conditions. It is truly one of the hardest hikes you will ever do. If you tell a Korean you did Dae Chung Bong they will stick up a thumb and say Dang! Everyone knows it is a tough hike. And there will hardly be anyone who will not have sore legs the next day. But its a sign that you are alive and kicking!^^
Really, it is difficult to describe the difficulty. For some its not hard and for some its the hardest thing ever. It really depends on your physical condition.
The non-hiking option:
If you are not up for hiking you have the option to go with the bus to the beach after the bus drops off the hikers. It will be dark so you may want to check into the motel we will be staying Saturday night. And if you are nice to the driver the driver may show you around a bit. Go to the easy part of Seorak mountain throught main entrance.
There is a sauna place near Naksan beach not too far from our motel.
Then if everyone can pitch in to help we can have a grand BBQ dinner event. It will be Cheese Burgers and Korean BBQ with Lettuce Wraps. There are Korean style seafood restaurants around. Not the cheapest of foods but good and we can have it for lunch on Sunday?
Its possible to stay in a tent on the beach if you prefer. We will stay at a very nice beachside motel.
On Sunday we will get up late (or early if you like) and relax. We can play games on the beach and we will have a portable speakers to play music. Get lunch.
Then we leave to go the Longest Zipline in Korea. It is 419 meters long (1375 feet). And the zipline starts at a place near the beach such that you are ziplining over ocean water and end up on the sandy beach of 주문진 (Ju Mun Jin).
The plan is:
11:55PM Depart Seoul
2:30AM Arrive Seorak Mountain (Osaek Springs) and Start Hike
If you are fast you may even be able to see a sunrise (5:03AM).
There is a lot of time (15hrs) so you can hike at your own pace.
3:30AM Arrive Naksan Beach for Non Hikers
5:30PM Finish Hike depart to go to beachside Motel (Sauna stop on the way maybe possible)
7PM BBQ Dinner Party
7:53PM Sunset (This is almost the longest day of the year.)
1:00PM Depart Naksan Beach
2:00PM Arrive Jumunjin Beach for Zipline
4:00PM Depart Jumunjin Beach
8:00PM Arrive Seoul
Rest of the details are posted on Facebook. Fro some reason Meetup is not allowing me to copy and paste links here. So I am posting the link below in comments section.