Seoraksan National Park (설악산국립공원) is my favorite place to ride in all seasons. The mountainous terrain provides great views when going down the windy roads and also great distraction when going up them.
For more on where I stay and how I get there read:
Seoraksan National Park. A Great Place to Cycle
A longer route. Route based on the assumption of starting at Osaek (오색), but you can start anywhere on the route obviously. Route map and gpx file is available at the bottom of the post.
Basic Route Info
(road numbers have been color coded according to Korea’s road sign colors)
- Starting at Osak village go up the mountain to the #44 and take a left heading towards Hangyerneung Rest Stop (한계령 휴게소 917m) and Inje (인재)
- After approximately 25km of following the #44 (9 km of it uphill) you will reach an intersection. Keep following the #44 to Inje (인재)
- A few kilometers before Inje will be a slight uphill. At the top of the hill take the off ramp and turn left under the rode onto the #31. This will take you over a bridge to the otherside of the river
- After going over the bridge turn right and follow the #31 approximately 25 km to the town of Hyeon-ri (현리)
- Just after Hyeon-ri (현리) will be a left turn onto the #418 to Bangdong-ri (방동리). This is an easy road to miss so be on the lookout for it. It is just after a sharp right turn, but before a bridge.
- Follow the #418 (now a small country road) up to an elevation of about 650 meters. At the top of the climb is a tunnel, followed by a very steep switch backed road.
- At the end of the downhill take a left onto the #56 and stay on this until it meets up with the #44 again, just after a nice downhill.
- Turn sharp left and up the on ramp to the #44 and follow it about 12-15 km back to the starting point Osaek (오색)
Route Map & GPS File:
Seoraksan Mountain Loop (115 km) GPX File [urldisplaymode=nomap] – To download right-click and choose “Save Link As”
- #56 had a lot of construction and big trucks on it due to the 60 Expressway being built in the area