Ulsanbawi Rock

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GlobalTraRip
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Oct 2020 • Solo
A good day hike for the beginner or advanced trekker. Beautiful scenery and plenty of photo opportunities along the way
Written November 7, 2020
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Xin Yao
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
Nov 2019
We took a total of 3-4 hours to complete the entire trail and back to the starting point (the duration depends on your speed). We were not that fit so it was actually quite challenging for us. You will have to climb many flight of stairs and overcome several rocky paths in order to reach the top. However, you will definitely not regret doing this trail. The view just gets better and better. We went during November so it was pretty cold and windy at the top so do dress appropriately!
Written March 23, 2020
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Simon Hoon
Copenhagen, Denmark15 contributions
Aug 2019
A good challenging hike for about 3-4 hours depending on speed.
You start the hike walking through forest alongside the lake and eventually you go ascend further towards the treetop line where you gets better views of the whole national park area. The combination of staircases and bare grounds are a good switch en-route.
The view from the top is really stunning.
Written January 20, 2020
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sy park
Shanghai, China152 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
I went in November and I thought it would be really cold, but the weather on the mountain was so nice I had to take off my hoodie and wear my tank top to hike! The hike up to Ulsanbawi takes around 2-4 hours depending on how fit you are; it took me around 3 because we went slow. The mountain looked beautiful even with its leafless trees & I would love to go back to hike here again. Please be advised though: the hike is rather strenuous and you need to be at a relatively fit level to be able to hike to the top!
Written November 18, 2019
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BillyK1980
Melbourne, Australia2,387 contributions
Nov 2019
This is the best hike in the whole park but warning it is very tough and you need to be fit to do it
Written November 9, 2019
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JaneKho
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The hike up was really tiring for a good 1.5 - 2 hours (upwards) but well worth as this is not a very touristy place (you'll find yourself hiking amongst mostly locals).

Go early so you don't have to squeeze w everyone else when going up and when you've reached the top. We started at 9am and would say the crowd was moderate - we did have to wait a few minutes before our turn to take photo w the rock 😂,
Written October 27, 2019
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia688 contributions
Oct 2019
The light plays on the white rocks all day with changing angles and intensities. This is a spectacular formation set in an amazing landscape.
Written October 22, 2019
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Freedom25159436221
8 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The path is okay, it starts easily and gets more exhausting when approaching the peak. As a sportive person it is absolutely feasible, it took us 1.5h to reach the peak. The view was stunning! I would recommend to start as early as possible. We began at 8 am and there were only few people, when we hiked down after a looong break the path was very crowded!!

After that we climbed up to Geumganggul cave, the path is more difficult but less exhausting and the view was even more beautiful than ulsanbawi and less crowded.

So do ulsanbawi early to avoid the crowds and continue with Geumganggul, if you want to seize the day :)

Written October 17, 2019
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CarolienBAC
Templeuve, Belgium6,401 contributions
Sep 2018
This hike is an absolute must when visiting Seoraksan National Park. The hike takes about four hours back and forth. The hike starts easy enough walking trough a beautiful forest on good trails, but it gets strenuous after you've passed Heundeulbawi Rock. From then on the path leads you straight up so many stairs that I lost count. But the view after conquering this climb is so rewarding that you'll forget all your suffering in a heart beat.

The Ulsanbawi rock formation is gorgeous, but you need to be a a good condition to get there.
Written August 18, 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Ulsanbawi Rock is a unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks. One needs to be of general fitness to do this round trip hike of 4 hours. The initial trail is relatively easy, walking along the forest on big gravel rocks, boardwalk and stairs. After about an hour, I arrived at the famous Heundeulbawi Rock and had a 15 mins break for snacks and drinks.

From Heundeulbawi Rock to Ulsanbawi Rock, the slope gets relatively steep. The majority of the trek is made up of steps, and the steeper stone sections come with ropes while the steel steps come with handrails. I needed to my arms to pull myself up from this point onwards. I finally arrive at Ulsanbawi Rock after hiking 1 hour 45 mins from the base. To reach the summit, I had to queue for about 15 mins along the narrow stretch, just to take photos of the flag and the rock indicating 836m.

At the summit, one is rewarded with spectacular view of Seorak Mountain. There were many local hikers resting in the open space to have their meals as well as enjoying the view. The weather was perfect, clear blue sky with some clouds adding texture to the background. I spent 45 mins at the summit before my descent. Overall, it was an enjoyable hike, though tiring.
Written July 11, 2019
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