I’m at the point now where I’ve covered all of the better known mountains in Geoje and have started to explore the lesser known trails. Seongneumbong really took me by surprise. It was a well used trail for a weekday morning, I saw twenty or more people in total during my 7km hike through some of the trails here.
The trailhead starts here. Walk up the metal stairs and make a left before turning right and crossing over the stream. From here, it was such a lovely walk on a cloudy day, lots of lush green surrounded the trail next to a stream as I worked my way up the mountain.
After a while, you will emerge at a large grassy gym area. From here, the trail splits up in different directions. Turn right and follow the trail on the right that goes up the hill. This will lead to the peak of Seongneumbong. The trail is steeper along here than in the first part of your hike.
After a relatively short distance you will come to two wooden benches directly across from each other. Here, the trail splits going both right and left, but they will both bring you to another smaller gym area with a few benches. I went right at this point. Before reaching the second gym, you will see a side trail going off to the right. I followed this a while, but it doesn’t come to any area with an open view so I simply returned and wouldn’t recommend bothering with this trail.
From this second gym area, proceed up the mountain to the right. It’ll be a short walk to the peak which is marked with a pagoda with some nice views below. The trail that is slightly to the left joins back up with the right hand trail that goes to the peak, but it bypasses it and then they both continue onto Aengsan.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of the views, head back towards the largest gym area. You can either turn left to go back to where you started or follow the trail straight ahead of you for some more views. This will require a 1km walk back on the roadway to return to your starting point, but it is worth covering this part of the trail as well.
This section is mostly flat and fast going. Before you start to make your way off of the mountain, you’ll come to a final pagoda overlooking Gohyeon and the Samsung shipyards.
Making your way off of the mountain is a little steep in parts, and has a rope in one area to assist you if the trail is slippery. Just follow along the main trail and you’ll end up back on the road where you’ll see you can head left to go back to where you are parked if you have a car to return to.