Gyeryongsan 계룡산

566 meters

4.3km

Part of the 12 Peak Challenge

Gyeryongsan, the beautiful mountain overlooking Gohyeon, can now be easily accessed by the monorail, but that doesn’t mean it's not worth working for those views!

The trail I will focus on here is the beginning section of the G.R.T. The trailhead starts at Simjeok Temple (심적사) on the western side of Jangpyeong.

You will follow a utility road for a bit, passing under the highway, then continuing up the mountain. Eventually, you’ll come to a platform viewing point and a fork in the road. Make a sharp right rather than going straight at this point. Keep following the road until you come to an exercise area and can see the golf course on the other side. From here you will start hiking the actual trail by turning left into the forest.

You’ll have a nice hike on a trail that isn’t as widely used as other trails, so enjoy having the mountain to yourself for a while. You will be walking across the ancient remains of of a very old stone fortress wall for part of the trail and will get a nice view of the ridgeline ahead.

Sidenote: The G.R.T

The Geoje Ridgeline Trail is a 30km hike that takes you over many peaks as you work your way from Geoje City, in the middle of the island, all the way to Nambumyeon in the south. You can expect an upcoming post with the details of this great hike.

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Eventually, you’ll come to a gazebo with a great view of the Samsung shipyard and Jangpyeong-dong. It’s only a little further from here where you’ll finally reach the summit stone!

Of course, you can turn around and head back the way you came, continue onto the next mountain; Seonjasan, or take a different route down, possibly even the monorail if your knees need a break.

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Alternate Routes

There is a trailhead close to Heritage apartments, next to Gyeryong Temple taking you 1.7km to the peak.

You can also start a bit further down the road at the trailhead by Baek Hospital, taking you 2.8km to the peak.

These are just two alternative routes, but several more can be found with a quick perusing of naver maps.

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.