Standing tall at 1950m above sea level, Hallasan Mountain is Korea’s highest mountain and also the symbol of Jejudo Island. The mountain possesses a wide range of volcanic topography, including the Baengnokdam Crater at its peak, the steep rock faces of Yeongsilgiam Cliff, and over 40 volcanic cones, and was the first site in Korean to be designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
Trails include Yeongsil Trail, which goes all the way up to the 1,700m Witse Oreum Volcanic Cone Shelter, Eorimok Trail, Donnaeko Trail, Seongpanak Trail, which goes to the top of the 1,950m tall Hallasan Mountain, and Gwaneumsa Temple Trail.
A Lighthearted Stroll on Yeongsil Trail
Yeongsil Trail is the shortest path to Baengnokdam Crater. As the influx of people who visited the area has resulted in severe damage to the natural environment, it is impossible to go beyond Witse Oreum Volcanic Cone. Though you cannot see Baengnokdam Crater, there are still many sights to see, from Seonjakjiwat, which means ‘a gravel path with stones’, to Witse Oreum Volcanic Cone, which means ‘three volcanic cones on top.’ It is recommended that you take the Eorimok Trail when making your descent.
Rolling Around in a Snowfield of White as Far as the Eye Can See, Eorimok Trail
Seongpanak Trail, an Endless Path of Patience
As you ascend Seongpanak Trail, you may find yourself in meditation as you take in the atmosphere of gentle and tree-filled mountain. Most people find themselves struggling at Saraak Spring Water, which is located 5.2km into the trail. Through this site is an upwards path where the trees cover the skies that leads to Jindallaebat Shelter at the 7.1km point. The last 1 hour and 30 minutes towards Baengnokdam Crater is incredibly steep, so stay sharp. It is possible to descend through the Seongpanak Route or the Gwaneumsa Temple Route, with both taking around 4 hours. However, the Seongpanak Route is easier to go down, so keep that in mind.
The Greatest Peak on the Trek of Hallasan Mountain, Gwaneumsa Trail
The Door of Hallasan Mountain Finally Reopened After 15 Years, Donnaeko Trail
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