Hike Camp and Travel
Baegundae Peak - 837m/2746'

How To Get There: We took the subway to Suyu Station of Seoul Line 4. We exited at #3 and crossed half the road to catch a blue bus #170. We rode the bus to the end of the line (right after it u-turns). We took the first road after the u-turn (landmark: North Face store). This road is flooded with outdoor gear shops and it leads to Doseonsa Temple and Baegundae's trailhead.

Baegundae Peak
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Here's our second visit to the highest summit of Bukhansan National Park in Seoul. This day was very clear compared to my last visit.
There were not a lot of people hiking on this day... pretty unusual... and there were a lot of 10yr-old kids. This is not an easy mountain to hike so it took a lot of guts for the parents to bring their kids here. Speaking of guts, one of the photos here shows a couple of guys attempting to rappel down the smooth wall of Insubong. At this moment they did not have any sort of anchor to protect them from falling.
This hike took us 2hrs up from the bus stop and 1:30hrs back down to the bus stop.
Bukhansan National Park Trail Ridges Two men rapelling down Insubong Peak At the highest point of Bukhansan National Park Insubong Peak Nice view of Bukhansan Range
Descending Baegundae Peak Kids on a dangerous mission on Baegundae Peak Kids carefully descending Baegundae Peak Very steep and slippery descend Very steep and slippery descend
Mike 2016/10/01 21:37:25 EDT Reply
I just went to Bukhansan yesterday to go up Baegundae Peak. Thanks for the added details on initially getting there, as the nights before, I was searching how to get there. However, for anybody else reading this, take note that Bus #170 doesn't currently exist. We took the 153, only to hear that 120 may have been faster there, but regardless, the little details on seeing the North Face store along with the many "outdoors" shops down the street was a big help. Today, I rest, deservingly.

Thanks!
Fontaine 2016/07/21 23:39:50 EDT Reply
I found your tips/directions/photos incredible helpful! I climbed Baegundae yesterday and loved it. Thanks for the details!
Manon 2016/06/30 04:04:33 EDT Reply
I went to Bukhansan last month but with a guide from oneday korea. I booked a Bukhansan Tour cause I was afraid to get lost >< doesn't change anything on how I looked like a mess when we finished to climb but I didn't have to worry about the path what was really convenient ! Follow the guide & enjoy what's around you :) I had a good experience, climbing this mountain !
Kai Urriza 2014/11/12 03:56:14 EST Reply
Is it ok to hike alone? For a girl. Which trail is the busiest?
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The trail to Baegundae Peak is always the busiest.
Like any of my ventures to the woods, I always let someone know where I'm going and my ETA back.
The trail there is mostly, if not always busy especially on weekends. My safety concern there becomes the traffic on the trail. You might end up waiting in line, "hanging" onto the cold metal rail with your feet on a slippery slab. - Kajtek - 2014/11/12 10:38:42 EST

Dan 2014/09/22 16:14:56 EDT Reply
Hi,
How's the weather like there in Korea right now? I'll be visiting Seoul with some friends first week of October and plan to climb Bukhansan too. Can you please give us some tips on what to wear and the fastest route to reach Baegundae peak. thank you so much!

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It's my favourite temp right now in South Korea. Not too hot not too cold. A little bit of rain here and there but nothing major.
The trail from Doseonsa Temple is well used and leads directly to Baegundae peak. Trail signs are there to help you hit the peak directly.
When hiking in cool/cold temperature I always put on a synthetic shirt and a zip-down windbreaker or sweater and/or jacket. I like to zip down my layers to cool my body temp before sweating begins. - Kajtek - 2014/09/25 13:23:06 EDT

Thanks for the tip! We're already here in Korea. I'm excited to climv this coming thursday :) - dan - 2014/10/07 09:52:37 EDT

Jones11 2013/11/02 11:11:52 EDT Reply
I took this same trail just last weekend. It was very busy.
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It was a Guinness holder for having the highest amount of visitors. - REI - 2013/11/05 15:32:25 EST

About how long does the round trip to Baegundae take? - Mike - 2014/07/17 23:56:28 EDT

When I first went up to Baegundae Peak It took me 6.5hrs round trip. Only because I went up to other peaks as well and I took my time... a lot of time. When I went back up with my wife, we went straight up and straight down for 3.5hrs (no crowded trail traffic). - Kajtek - 2014/07/20 17:17:52 EDT

Fred 2013/07/13 21:53:16 EDT Reply
Nice job


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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S