Seoul is a huge city, and Korea is a very mountainous country. Depending on what you read, there are about 37 different mountains that you can climb that are located in the greater Seoul area.
Which one did we decide to climb? Well, the tallest one of course!
At 837 meters (2,750 feet), Baegundae Peak is the tallest of several in Bukhansan National Park.
The trailhead is fairly easy to get to from anywhere in Seoul. You just have to take subway line 3 to Gupabal Station, then get on the #704 bus.
So we got on the subway, and after a couple of stops, I looked at Ruth and said "Uh oh. I forgot the camera!".
But Ruth had our old pocket camera in the day pack, so rather than go all the way back, we decided that you'll just have to put up with pics that are not quite as good as they could have been! Oh well.
Yup. Uphill, every step of the way.
Ruth, on the trail.
We had read that we were hiking on what was billed as the optimal day for viewing the fall colors in the Seoul area. They are vivid! The camera really doesn't do it justice and I wished I hadn't forgotten the good camera back at the apartment.
Beautiful fall colors.
A perfect day for it.
Red, green, and yellow.
With a blue sky in the background!
The only problem?
The people. It was pretty crowded. Our friends Tom and Elicia had been here this past weekend and of course it was packed. So packed, that we had pretty much decided not to come here. But with the great weather, the optimal viewing time for the leaves, and the fact that it wasn't a weekend, we decided to go for it.
And really, we're glad that we did.
Quite a few people on the trails.
Looking up towards the summit. Little did we know there was a line up to get up there!
People hiking the next mountain over.
A staircase on the mountain beside us.
Yup. Getting a little crowded towards the top.
Nice view looking towards Seoul.
Zoomed in on the rock climbers on the mountain beside us.
Nope. Not for us.
Kevin, enjoying the view.
Busy rest stop near the top!
We made it! Ruth, standing on the highest point.
This lady hiked up in these shoes. In all honesty, not the smartest thing to do. Can't believe she didn't end up with a broken ankle, or worse.
We came back down the back side of the mountain, a little shorter route that ended up where there's a shuttle bus to the main bus lines. We ended up not taking the shuttle bus and instead walking a further 2 kms to get on the main bus. We had met a Korean guy on the way back down who spoke some English and it turned out he had lived in Canada for three years, 20 years ago. So he was interesting company, plus he got us on the right bus (#120) that took us to the nearest subway line so that we could get back home.
Overall, a good day despite the crowds at the top of the mountain.
So we get home, and we see this Lamborghini parked outside the building. Nice car, but baby blue? Why would someone spend upwards of $200,000 on a sexy sports car, and get it baby blue in color? Maybe it's a girl's? Who knows, but we don't get it. Each to their own, I suppose.
Sorry for the fuzzy picture!