If you like going up mountains then this is definitely the course for you. This is the hardest loop that I have done in the Seoraksan Mountains. Seoraksan National Park (???????) 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.
April 8th 2011 – Katie Eichten stopped on the top of the 3rd climb for the day by a 38th Parallel marker
Basic Route Info
Start/End Point: Osaek Village (??)
Distance: 118 km
Elevation Gain: 2522 meters
Highest Point: Hangyerneung Rest Stop (??? ??? 917m)
(road numbers have been color coded according to Korea’s road sign colors)
- After leaving Osaek Village head up the mountain on the #44. Take the sharp left turn about 500 meters before Hangyerneung Rest Stop near the top.
- Enjoy going down the best valley ride in Korea until you reach the T-Intersection. Take a right turn toward Inje. (??)
- The road will snake up the valley a few kilometers before turning and heading uphill steeply. Keep following the road up, over and all the way down to the where this country road joins the #44 again.
- At the end of the downhill take a sharp left. Do not go over the bridge to the #44, instead take the little country road will past a useful Family Mart stop and to the #31.
- Continue following the #31 and signs toward Hyeon-ri (??).
- Finding the next turn-off is a little harder. About 5km before Hyeon-ri there is a small road to the left. The sign will say Hangyerneung (???) and Gwidon-ri (???). This road should immediately get steep, note the 10% sign. Here is a link to the turn http://dmaps.kr/7q98.
- Follow the road about 8km and take a right to Gwidon-ri (???). This is a very small road through a tiny village. http://dmaps.kr/7q9a Go through the village and follow the road until you see the sign for the #11 to Jindong. (??)
- The #11 to Jindong climbs steeply to about 750 meters in elevation before dropping back down and joining up with the #418. Take a left here and head back up again.
- 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 (??)
April 8th 2011 – Early morning downhill has never been so much fun!
Route Maps & GPS File:
Seoraksan Mountain Loop (118km) GPX File [urldisplaymode=nomap] – To download right-click and choose “Save Link As”
- Very steep and difficult climbing.
- There is currently heavy truck traffic on the #418 for a few kilometers due to the new expressway that is being built in the area