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vicino a Withwang-gol, Gangwon-do (South Korea)
This is a short but steep hike to Birobong summit in Chiaksan National Park. It gains close to 1000 meters in 4.1 km. It is rated moderate because it is so short, but it will give you a good workout. The summit view is nice when the weather is good. It was very hazy the day I did this hike.
There is a nice parking lot by the trailhead, but it cost 4000 won for the day. There is a free dirt/mud lot about 300 meter before the pay parking lot. There are some restroom facilities and picnic benches at the parking lot trailhead.
The first 1.6 km of the hike follows a paved road up the valley to a temple. From here a lot of the trail is steep and rocky although there are stairs in the steepest sections. About 2.2 km into the hike and 1.9 km before the summit you attain a ridge where there is rest area with a platform and some log stools. At 2.8 km into the kike and 1.3 km to go there is an intersection to go south to other peaks in the park. This other trail is closed as of this writing. This part of the trail has some good views of Birobong, but was a bit muddy at this time of year (early spring). About 300 meters before the summit, there is an intersection that turn left going down to the North park entrance. This is the way my previous Birobong post went. You will go straight at this intersection which will lead you to the steep summit staircase. The summit area has three rock pillars and a marker indicating the name of the peak and elevation. There is plenty of room to sit and have a picnic among the rocks.
Directions from Highway 1: Take highway 1 to 50 west to the Munmak interghange near Wonju. After the toll, take a right onto rt 49. In about 400 m stay in the right lane and bear right onto rt 42. About 1.2 km after rt 42 goes under highway 50, rt 42 will make a right turn at which point it is more like a highway. You will want the 3rd exit after it passes under highway 55. There are signs for Chiaksan National park. Be careful because the exit before the one you want also has signs for Chiaksan National Park, but those are for a different entrance. When you get off the exit you will come to a roundabout. Take the second exit so you are going almost straight parallel to rt 42. Once you are on this road, just follow it all the way to the parking lot.
Navigation address: Heung-yang-ri, Socho-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
Where Wikiloc says my moving time was just over an hour is wrong. My exercise app said I had a moving time of 2 hours and 29 minutes.
There are nice trailhead amenities, although parking is 4000 won.
There are information boards with a map just up from the restrooms.
Only 400 meters up the road from the trailhead. If I read the sign correctly, these restrooms are closed until May 1st, 2021.
The first of several falling rock warning signs along the way. These are the last restroom until you return. They are just about 100 meters before you arrive at the temple.
The road ends at a temple 1.6 km from the trailhead.
Where ypu actually start hiking on a trail.
Just a couple trail pictures
There is leveled ground with a platform and some log stools for having a picnic. This is 2.2 km into the hike with 1.9 km to the summit.
More pictures of the trail as you come out of the valley onto the ridge.
Bear left here continuing uphill. As of this writing on March 12th, 2021, the turn to the right was closed to go in the direction of Namdaebong and Hyangnobong.
The trail along the ridge starts to get good summit view. The top of the picture got cut off so you can't see the summit in the picture. There are a few downhill sections along the ridge.
There is a view point looking west from the ridge away from Birobong.
About 400-500 meters before the summit the is an opening in the trees along the ridge which has a nice summit view.
National pine tree forest
Taking a left here is where I descended on my previously posted Birobong Route. Go straight. From here it is just a very steep 300 meters to the summit. There are rest/picnic platforms here.
The summit is a large areas with three stone towers/pillars and plenty of room to have a picnic.
Just another view of the trailhead parking taken at the end of the hike.
Turn left here going out or right returning. Old trail is not well marked or blocked off.
This trail is not on the park trail map.
This is the trailhead from the other end near the park office. From here it is a 5 minute walk to the Biribong trailhead. Cross the bridge and walk up to the main road. To go to the Park Office turn left. To go to the Biribong trailhead turn right.
This is the high point of the trail. There are small log tables and stool spread around the area.
Trailhead is 1 km past the charcoal factory. The parking lot is dirt/mud. The trail starts just to the right of the restrooms. There is also a cafe just before the parking lot.