Photo by Alex Barnett

Daegeumsan 대금산

437.5 meters

1.6km

Part of the 12 Peak Challenge

Famous for its stunning azalea field, Daegumsan is most visited in late March when the flowers are in bloom. Daegeumsan offers pretty views year round though, and, like most Korean mountains, has several routes to the top.

The trailhead starts after climbing a winding road from Oepo Village. You will hit up Jeungbong Peak along the way, then continue along a slight descent before climbing back up again. Bypass the trail to the left that leads back to a different part of the utility road that you are parked on.

After hiking for 1.1km (from the trailhead) you will reach some crossroads. Both directions will take you to the peak. If you turn right, it will take you to the field of azaleas before making a left to the peak. Otherwise, turn left and climb for 0.5km to get to the top with a pretty outcrop along the way.

Alternate Routes

For a leisurely hike, take the trailhead starting in Yeoncho-myeon. It’s only 1.3km to the summit and most of it is a dirt road or a very wide trail that an atv could ride on. You’ll pass through some farming areas along the way, although I haven’t taken this route in several years so I’m not sure what is there now.

This is a good trail for hiking with kids or non-hikers who want to get to the peak relatively easily. You just may see a goat or two along the way!

Alex Barnett Vlog

Alex Barnett is a friend of mine and another avid hiker. You can check out his video series on some of these mountains as well.