See a beautiful view from Gujeolsan Mountain with the water wrapping around. You can also walk across a suspension bridge over waterfalls.
One area to begin the hike is near a temple up on the rocky cliffside. You see a vehicle parked here in the photo, but the main parking lot is a 5-10 minute walk before getting to this point.
The waterfall is not large, but the water flows down the flat rock with in these slow, mesmerizing waves.
I followed the path across the rocks and into the cave-like rock to begin the hike up Gujeolsan Mountain.
The route I took was 12-10-9-3-9-11-12.
The trail was rocky starting out.
I came to a strange door embedded in a rock. This turned out to be a Buddhist prayer room.
Before too long I came to the first nice view where some rocks jut out.
There are a decent amount of other areas to catch different views along the trail.
I always enjoy coming across a variety of flowers and vegetation along the way.
At 0.3km from the peak, I came to a junction in a grassy area with a dirt road that comes up the side of the Gujeolsan Mountain.
There were a couple wooden platforms here. I kept thinking it would be so cool to camp up here.
To go further, I had to literally climb over a pile of large rocks.
Soon after this, I reached the top. I took this video with a GoPro.
I was lucky that the weather was so beautiful this day. I have to say, I feel like the photo makes it look like I am standing in front of a green screen or something. But the lighting was just right.
You can see a great view in all directions.
The rice paddies are just starting to turn golden here in early September.
The mountains seem to go on endlessly.
I actually did a video call with my wife and son from here. That was fun.
Then it was time to go back down, and over the pile of rocks again.
At the junction, I took the other side of the loop back down. It doesn’t have many landscape views as the other side, but it is more direct.
Somewhere along the way I heard the sound of rushing water and decided to go off the main trail in search of it.
I had to fight mosquitos and take down spiders in the way, but I came to a rock wall next to some bamboo.
More stacked rocks were above the waterfall. Makes me think about who, when, and why.
I went back to the trail and finally I came to the suspension bridge.
The bridge is 50m above ground and 35m across. It crosses over the 3rd of 9 waterfalls. This is how Gujeolsan Mountain gets its name. “Gu” is 9 in Korean.
This is a little ledge around the bridge.
Thanks for reading, I hope it was interesting!