HUFS to Eungok Temple Ridgeline
ElevationAscent: 2,929' 893 m
Descent: -2,271' -692 m
High: 2,005' 611 m
Low: 348' 106 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)
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“A tough ridgeline trail with several steep climbs and descents.”— Dean Jorgensen
Another thing to note is that the gained elevation is incorrectly displayed here. There is a minimum of 2140m of total elevation gain on this route.
2. Poles recommended
3. Watch footing especially while there are leaves on the ground as they can cover rocks and roots
The start of the trail is a small climb past farming plots which quickly end as the trail heads into the forest. The flora is primarily leaf dropping trees and small shrubbery along a generally wide track trail. You can see several kinds of flowers during the spring. As the trail climbs, you'll encounter some stairs, but runners can run along beside the stairs if their preference is to not use them.
After about 3/4 of a kilometer, the trail will cross a fire access road and continue climbing. From the trailhead past the fire access road and to the initial summit is approximately 2.5 km with about 400 meters or so of elevation; it is a tough climb, but some great wide views along the way and a satisfying feeling once the summit has been reached. Once you near the summit/ridge line, there is about 300m of stairs—there is no way to avoid these as the climb is too steep.
Once at the top of this main trail, you'll run along a ridgeline. The ridgeline is generally singletrack with rocks, loose dirt, and leaves in places. It is wise to watch your footing as you are often running along a narrow ridge 'peak' and wouldn't want to tumble off either side. There are several steep climbs and descents along the ridgeline; this makes it a very challenging route for at pace movement.
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