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HUFS to Eungok Temple Ridgeline

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A tough ridgeline trail with several steep climbs and descents.


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6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

68%

Runnable

2,005' 611 m

High

348' 106 m

Low

2,929' 893 m

Up

2,271' 692 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

67%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views

Need to Know

There is no real parking, but any open space along the road where other cars are parked is fine.

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.

Runner Notes

1. Bring at least 2 liters of water as there is no place to get water along the trail
2. Poles recommended
3. Watch footing especially while there are leaves on the ground as they can cover rocks and roots

Description

This trail starts off of a small street; it is clearly marked and intended for public access. There is a map at the trailhead showing the different trails available along the route.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Leaf dropping trees, green in the summer and late spring while dry and brown during the winter and early spring. The autumn leaves provide spectacular colors. There are also several types of flowering shrubs along the initial climb during the spring.

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Dean Jorgensen

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Photos

Second ridge line summit
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR
Jeongnakbong (Peak)
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR
Initial summit view
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR
Lone wildflower on steep climb return direction.
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR
First major ridge line descent.
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR
Steep climb return direction.
Apr 8, 2019 near Gwangju, KR

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