ElevationAscent: 3,806' 1,160 m
Descent: -2,597' -791 m
High: 5,593' 1,705 m
Low: 1,812' 552 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 86% (41°)
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“A long and tranquil run through the scenic forests of Jeju Island featuring stunning views near the top of Halla-san.”— Hwa San
Wear durable shoes with ankle support for this run. The trail up features many boulders and roots.
From here, the run uphill begins immediately through a path of dirt and grass. It transitions swiftly into a thick and peaceful forest, canopied by greenery as far as the eye can see. The trail is not at all built up, a rare sight for a Korean run. It traverses many roots and boulder fields, and there is not a lot traffic. Despite the rugged nature of this trail, it is relatively well marked. Animals can be seen along the route such as deer and multiple species of birds.
About 3.5 miles after the start of the trail,you'll encounter the Pyeonggwe Shelter. After that, Nulbende Observatory offers stunning views of Seogwipo and the offshore islands if fog and mist don't obscure it. After 5 miles, you'll reach South Wall Fork, which according to the park is where Donnaeko Trail ends. This is where the trail truly opens up out of the woods and the rocky, boulder-filled top of the mountain exposes you to breathtaking scenery.
You'll then transition to the Yeongsil Trail which utilizes ropes, stairs, and rails, to guide you on a much easier run back down the mountain. From on top, you'll see Nambyeok Watershed Observatory and a bit farther on is Banga Oreum Observatory where you can see the summit. Another mile leads to Witsae Oreum junction. Larger crowds will certainly be present at this point.
Turn left to follow the rest of Yeongsil Trail which offers a much more built up and heavily trafficked experience. There are stairs and rails set up, which make for an enjoyable and relaxing run down. The views of the jagged peaks remain incredible all the way down.
You'll pass the Wise Shelter which offers drinks and snacks as well as a nice resting area. There is a junction with the Eorimok Trail at this point as well. From here, continue your descent down the Yeongsil Trail where it will eventually become paved, and there will be a restroom. Once you reach the ticketing area, there is public transportation available and taxis that will take you back to your parking space.
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