Standing tall at 1950m above sea level, Hallasan Mountain is the symbol of Jejudo Island and Korea’s highest mountain.
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
A fairly short and easy course that measures only 4.9km, Eorimok Trail’s unhindered view of Mansedongsan Volcanic Cone is a sight to behold. The flowing ridge that connects Bulgeun Oreum Volcanic Cone, which bears the traces of anti-Monoglian history, and Min Oreum Volcanic Cone to Janggumok Oreum Volcanic Cone will catch the eyes of tourists. In midwinter, the beautiful snowy landscape of white snow covering the widespread grasslands of Mansedongsan Volcanic Cone is the pride and joy of Hallasan Mountain. However, as passage is only permitted up to Witse Oreum Volcanic Cone, it is impossible to see Baengnokdam Crater.
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
Due to its steep slopes, this trail is infamous as a challenging and hellish course among the routes of Hallasan Mountain. Yet, it is also beloved among hiking aficionados as it possesses an unparalleled view. There are many sights to see, including Tamna Valley and Gaemideung, which retain their original appearances, and a grand mountain formed by the Bukbyeok. If you pass through Gaemimok and ascend Yongjingak Valley, you can admire the spectacle of Wanggwanneung Rock, which resembles a crown, the Bukbyeok at the top of Hallasan Mountain, and stone graves by looking eastwards. Due to its rough path, the trail is often used for descents. Ascending via the Seongpanak Route and descending via the Gwaneumsa Temple Route is Korea’s greatest winter hiking route.
The Door of Hallasan Mountain Finally Reopened After 15 Years, Donnaeko Trail
This is the only trail among the Hallasan Mountain courses to begin at Seogwipo. While the damage to nature was severe enough to require prohibiting entry to all sections of the route for 15 years according to the rest year of nature, the trail was steadily refurbished since 2008 and has now reemerged with a new face. This route’s greatest draw is its forest, which is as thick as tropical rain forests. As you climb the gentle mountain ridge, you’ll find yourself beset by many things to see, including the coastal waters of Seogwipo and Jeu-style graves draped in basalt Sandam. Furthermore, when summer arrives, you can enjoy a refreshing retreat at Donnaeko Camping Site, located in Donnaeko Valley