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

How To Get There: I took the subway to Suyu Station of Seoul Line 4. I exited at #3 and crossed half the road to catch a blue bus #170. I rode the bus to the end of the line (right after it u-turns). I 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.

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Baegundae is the highest summit of Bukhansan National Park.
This traverse started with a scramble ascent to Yeongbong Peak(604m/1982'), an ascent to the main summit Baegundae Peak(837m/2746'), another scramble to Nojeokbong (716m/2349'), and a visit to Doseonsa Temple. My overall roundtrip time, including rest and summit stops was 6:30hrs.
Stream along the road to the trailhead Baegundae Peak Trailhead Hard at work in Bukhansan National Park
(1) The road to Baegundae Ticket Booth follows this stream and is relatively steep at some point.
(2) This area is the park's parking lot. It has convenience stores, restaurants and gift shops. I started my ascent at the ticket booth behind this altar. The entrance to Doseonsa Temple is on the left... where I finished this ascent.
(3) There were people moving gravel near the trailhead. I wondered if they were doing maintenance on a temple or trail.
Harujae ridge trail signs At Yeongbong Peak Inside the clouds at Bukhansan National Park
(1) This is Harujae ridge. I left the main trail here and "hiked" for 200m for my first summit, Yeongbong Peak (604m/1982').
The final assault to the summit is not a hike. It's a scramble whether the trail is wet or dry. It's an easy scramble though.
(2) It took me 40mins to the summit from the ticket booth.
I felt weird being alone on this summit because not only that this park is supposed to be one of the busiest, but also a lot of tombs I passed along the way made me uncomfortable.
(3) The park was covered with clouds the whole day. The closest I could see were my shoes. I had no view.
Insubong Shelter Bukhansan National Park Rescue Center Gully along the trail
(1) I went back to Harujae ridge to regain the main trail. I passed by what I believe is the Insu Shelter. The trail continues to the left.
(2) This is a police station. It serves as a rescue station for accidents on the mountain.
(3) The trail after the station follows the gully. It had been raining here so the water in this gully was pretty high and the flow was strong.
Ascent trail to Baegun Shelter Baegun Shelter Beside Insubong
(1) This is the end of the gully and the ascent to Baegun Shelter.
(2) The trail continues to Baegundae on the left of the shelter. Insubong, from the trail below didn't look accessible by hiking but I asked about the ascent trail anyway and I was directed to follow the campground trail to the right of the shelter.
(3) 1hr from Yeongbong Peak. Since I had no visual of what's around me, I have no idea what summit I ascended. It had a tomb, and a giant "Hershey's Kisses" rock. Insubong wall is behind me on this photo.
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.

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?

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
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!


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.

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