Favorite thing: The plants change as you move up the mountain. Below 1,000 metres, you will see the usual temperate forest. Between 1,000 to 1,300 metres, the trees are shorter with wavy shapes due to the poorer soil conditions and cooler clouds gathering. Above about 1,300 metres, the tree line is reached and this zone only consist of grass and Azalea shrubs which bloom (beautiful pink flowers) during the summer months.
Attached are more maps and signages:
- Map of the mountains which is located on top of Birobong Peak.
- Photos of the pink Azalea plants near the summit which bloom during summer.
- Map of the park entrance area.
Favorite thing: Towards the top of Birobong Peak, there is an interesting and weird tree bark as shown in this photo. There is a signage explaining what this is, but unfortunately it is in Korean language which I do not understand :-)
Along the trail up to Birobong Peak, there are toilets at the first 3km as well as at the halfway rest stop (see "restaurant" tip).
Also, there are benches and resting pavillions along the way. If you are really tired, you can simply rest anywhere next to the trail so it is really very flexible. Important thing is to rest well and do not rush as there is enough time to reach the summit.
Favorite thing: During the trek up Birobong Peak, the trail is along a mountain stream with nice running water which is good for photography. However, I am not sure whether the water here is safe enough for drinking, though I think it probably is :-)
Maps and signages are plenty at Sobaeksan National Park to guide climbers and provide information. They can be divided into the followings:
- Direction signs which tell you the various trails and distance.
- Educational boards on the local flora and fauna.
- Information on the "do" and "don't", especially protecting the environment.
- Locations and tel numbers for emergency calls.
- Map of the national park and where are you.
- Photos of the panorama views and the identities of important locations.
Favorite thing: About 1.5km into the trek up Birobong Peak, there is an area with lots of tall trees are shown in the photos. The trees are very beautiful especially during autumn when their leaves turn to yellow colour.
While trekking in Sobaeksan National Park, you will have great views of the surrounding mountains and landscape. The sceneries are especially beautiful during autumn season due to the colourful foliage. Best time to see such sceneries is between late October to early November every year.
More photos taken during my trek at Sobaeksan National Park are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
My fondest memory of Sobaeksan National Park is the beautiful autumn foliage colours of red, orange, yellow etc. The best time to view the autumn foliage colours is end of October to early November every year. The weather is also very good (cool and dry) during this period of time.
More photos of the autumn foliage colours are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Favorite thing: Attached are more photos of the various maps and signages of Sobaeksan National Park. Overall, things are very well organised here. You will be OK as long as you do not wonder off the main trail.