Time  4 hours 45 minutes

Coordinates 1040

Uploaded August 31, 2014

Recorded August 2014

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near Soyo-dong, Gyeonggi-do (South Korea)

This is a round trip hike starting and ending at Soyosan Station. If you go by car there is a parking lot at the entrance of the park. It is 2.4 km from Soyosan Station to the trail head. The circut of Soyosan is 8.2 km for a total of 13 km. The GPS only shows it as 6.1 miles or about 10 km. I think that is because the GSP cuts out the twisting and turning nature of the trail. The total hike took about 4:45. I rated it moderate because of the length and steepness of the trails. There is a park gate where they charge a 1000 won entrance fee per person.

When you arrive at Soyosan Station (Furthest north stop on line 1) there is only one exit. Cross the street and take a right then left at any of the next couple of streets will get you to the park road. The road climbs at a low angle until you get to the trail head. Along the road you will pass the park entrance gate and the Iljumun Gate. Just passed the Iljumun Gate is your last chance to get water. After that there is no potable water for the entire hike. When you get to the trail head there is a big sign showing the hiking courses. This hike describes course 4 which is the entire circuit covering all the Soyosan peaks from left to right. If you don't want to do all of them, there are many options to take trails back down. The trail is steep right from the start, but has stair cases for the steepest sections. Ten minutes into the hike you will pass the Jajaeam Temple. The first summit is Habaegundae (440m). From there is is an up and down ridge with the highest peak being Uisangdae (587m). Uisangdae and Gongjubong peak (526m) have excellent views of Dongducheon. There is also a nice view point of the Soyosan Valley as you decend from Gongjubong back to the trail head.
Photo

Bunker

Bunkers and pill boxes are common sights along hiking trails in Korea. This one is just before Sangbaegundae.
Summit

Gongjubong Peak 526 m

The last of the 6 peaks offers nice views of the Dongducheon Valley.
Summit

Habaegundae 440 m

The first peak along the trail. There was a guy selling ice cream the day we were there.
Archaeological site

Iljumun Gate

Just past the gate there are the last chance for water, a small temple in a cave, and the trail head.
Intersection

Intersection 1

There are several well marked intersections that indicate a shorter way down if you do not want to do all the peaks.
Intersection

Intersection 2

There are several well marked intersections that indicate a shorter way down if you do not want to do all the peaks.
Intersection

Intersection 3

There are several well marked intersections that indicate a shorter way down if you do not want to do all the peaks.
Archaeological site

Jajaeam Temple

There are several parts to the temple complex. This waypoint marks the main structure.
Summit

Jungbaegundae 510 m

Not a very distinct summit. The sign is how I knew I was there.
Summit

Nahandae 571 m

The second highest of the summits. The summit is forested so there is not much of a view from this one.
Information

Park Entrance Gate

1000 won per person
Photo

Rock Pillar

I have no idea what these rock pillars are about.
Summit

Sangbaegundae 560 m

Not a distinct summit.
Waypoint

Soyosan

Exit of the train station.
Summit

Uoisangdae 587 m

The highest peak of Soyosan.
Photo

View Point

A nice view point on the way down from the last summit.

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