|Map of our route - bottom right corner to the biggest peak (red rectangle)|
So the hike starts with a fairly steep 2.6km hike to the first peak, hyojabong (528m), then you have a bit of downhill and uphill mix for the next 1.2km to dosuryong (which is only considered a hill, not a peak). After this it's downhill for a bit until you reach the base of Geumosan, but not the base that most people are used to with the parking lots, cable car entrance and picnic goers, we were at the back entrance. There were few other hikers along our trail, so after a few forks in the road we were mildly afraid that we may have taken a wrong turn. I figure all the trails end somewhere so mine as well keep going rather than turn back. According to the map it was another 2.3km until the peak, however as the trail got a bit hairier our pace slowed and the distance felt longer and longer. I think I worried Shau at a few points when he realized I had not yet done this hike and in reality neither of us knew exactly where we were going or when we were supposed to arrive. There were parts that I would've liked to call rock climbing rather than hiking - ropes to help pull yourself up included. The ascent felt as if it would never end when we suddenly turned the corner and there it was, the beautiful US military fence with mystery gear behind - yeah leave it to the US to screw up the beauty of mountain peak. Regardless of the tainted beauty we were glad to have made it, clouds and moisture were hanging low in the sky so there wasn't much of a picture opportunity.
|View from the first peak|
|getting a bit harder|