Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - 성산일출봉)
ElevationAscent: 390' 119 m
Descent: -389' -119 m
High: 426' 130 m
Low: 40' 12 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“Run up a 180-meter tuff cone volcano that's a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Geopark with stunning views.”— Karl W
From the large visitor center and parking area, you'll take the landscaped and paved trail east towards the peak. There is a nice section that juts to the north to an excellent viewpoint over a small marina. Below you'll see boats and people learning to scuba dive in the summer. Over the small bay, you'll get views of the entirety of Sunrise Peak.
Follow the paved/cobblestone path back to the main trail and head southeast towards the peak. This concludes the easy part. You'll have to stay to the left at the trail fork to take the Climbing Trail up. The trail transitions to paved stairs and switchbacks that begin to climb the steep northwestern slopes. You'll pass a handy but crowded restroom. The path transitions to wooden stairs and some bare rock sections as you pass through some of the best parts of the trail, a series of large rock spires.
Finally, you'll reach the top of the cone. There are a number of resting areas, benches, telescopes, and even a kind of theater like setup for watching the sunrise. You'll have clear views across the huge crater, views back towards the isthmus that connects Jeju to the park, and views of the Pacific Ocean.
To return, be sure to take the Descending Trail so that you're not causing traffic issues with the people still climbing. Many people take the Climbing Trail back down regardless, so the Descending Trail is actually less crowded. You'll come back to the fork with the Climbing Trail and can take the same paved/cobblestone path back to the visitor center/parking area.
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