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Bask in Jeolmul's full forested trails[Jeju's Trails] Days 37 and 38 of a 1,200 km journey recording Jeju's hiking trails, oreum (volcanic cones) and Olle courses
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승인 2011.10.25  08:36:02
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
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The Journey
These are the top 22 sites in sequential order for Day 37: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Seokgulam Trail, entrance and exit - Seokgulam temple - Seokgulam Trail, entrance and exit - Min Oreum, base, sign - Min Oreum, peak 1 - Min Oreum, opposite base - Min Oreum, back trail gate - Min Oreum, peak 2 - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, entrance and exit - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Jeolmul Oreum, base - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Jeolmul Oreum, peak and observatory - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Jeolmul Oreum, peak loop trail reference point - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, mineral spring - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, pond - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, long trail, start - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, long trail, 3-km marker - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, long trail, 6-km marker - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, long trail, 9-km marker - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, long trail, finish marker - Jeolmul Recreation Forest, entrance and exit - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office


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Spent
mart -- 12,880
Jeolmul Recreation Forest admission -- 1,000
7-Eleven -- 4,600
jimjilbang -- 8,000
Total -- 26,480 won
(Note: Two preceding rest and write days, total -- 181,300 won)

Consumed
7 bananas, 1 orange, a lot of hard tack, a little peanut butter, 2 gimbaps, bread, assorted rice cakes, mints, a few soju and coffees, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 37
Off again and a firm deadline. Every person that writes has to deal with a deadline. Mine is 21 days after this post’s date. So, Part 3 (last) of Hike Jeju is basically spending as many days, all if possible, hiking about 10 daylight hours each. With current use of a donated scooter, I can hone in on my target, get off the “autobike,” hike, finish, and get back on for the next place. I fear boredom or little to write about since many of the leftover oreum could be nothing special. I will do my best to make things and my writings interesting until my last report, while not falling into Neddy Merrill’s trap. I am not concerned with climbing a certain number of oreum, just all the quality public ones, and telling about all the other places and experiences along the way.

Hike Jeju Google map under repair. Google is redefining its maps, and taking many days to do so. Once it is back up, and the editor has some (or a lot of) breathing room, the journey’s map will be better than ever. And, we are slowly adding pictures for many of the pins, or GPS coordinates.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Seokgulam trail. Under control of Hallasan National Park, this 1.5-km trail from roughly Cheongwangsa temple to Seokgulam temple passes through Aheunahhopgol Valley. The temple, or hermitage at trail’s end is unique. From the outside, it is not pretty. I thought of a trailer or temporary housing. Inside that feeling changed. There are volumes of plump white candles burning in unison. It seemed to have various counselors, or something close to a fortune teller, inside where people sat on the ground around a table with an older woman who worked at the place. For Sunday, I can imagine this to be the busiest day here. Tolerable early in the morning, going on a weekday may see very few people walking. It took less than 90 minutes for a three kms, roundtrip walk, including a visit inside Seokgulam. This was the last of Hallasan’s eight official trails hiked.

Min Oreum. Southeast of Jeolmul Recreation Forest, a person has an opportunity to get to the peak of Min Oreum. I tried some of the off-peak trails on the opposite backside and after 90 minutes turned around. I eventually found a map displayed off the road, which highlighted the entire course in red. I did not miss much. At the top of Min, there are nice spots to look out. On the opposite base, however, there is nothing to really enjoy. The main purpose of the area is to get to Jeolmul. No other amount of time needs to be wasted after reaching the peak because of what is close by. ...

Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Part 1: Many highlights, few lowlights. Simply incredible. It serves many purposes. For most, it appears to be an urban park. City dwellers can come here and eat at a picnic table and watch the kids play on a natural wood jungle gym set or run around the greenery. The main area is magnificently designed for this purpose. There is ample amount of space for thousands of people in all types of mixed-use areas, with wood sculptures in various designated places. There’s about a 2.5-km wood walkway interior path that is easy to follow. Second, there is another three-km, roundtrip path to Jeolmul Oreum and around the peak’s path, including the observatory. Finally, there is a 11.1-km course through the outside environs, one of the most beautiful long hiking trails offered which is relatively flat, quiet, unassuming and within close proximity to Jeju City.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Part 2: Advertising priorities. There need not be a selling point or argument to come to Jeolmul. Once there, it is understood. The more time a person spends here the better, and probably the likelihood occurs, that person would come back or speak highly of it. Perfect for relaxing. I doubt any person goes there, for the specific purpose of “forest bathing.” Pure silliness. Like close by Saryeoni Forest, this seems to be the sales pitch those in charge use for people to come. The whole idea of going to Jeolmul for that reason is so far behind all the other positive reasons to come. More so, there should be a better reason to come than hearing a person say, this place is “so beautiful” or “so wonderful.” The promoters should just tell the truth and say what all is offered. When something is great, it’s OK to say so, not create some strange interpretation of how to interact with the forest and use some subsequent Konglish expression.

Jeolmul Recreation Forest, Part 3: Census. One noticeable thing about Jeolmul is there are three levels of people around, delineated. The first are city dwellers and families who tend to stick to the interior park-like settings. Some of these migrate or challenge themselves to the oreum with the older folks and people more interested in nature. And the active nature lovers. who love to hike, (which were very few, on this spot visit), were using the long 10+ kms course.

Date
Oct. 23, 2011

Day 38: The Journey
These are the top seven sites in sequential order for Day 38: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Ara Samuiak trekking course, start - Ara Samuiak trekking course, Samuiyang Oreum, peak - Ara Samuiak trekking course, reference point - Ara Samuiak trekking course, east finish - Ara Samuiak trekking course, west finish - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office

Spent
gas for scooter -- 9,000
oil change for scooter -- 7,000
7-Eleven -- 9,700
GS-25 -- 2,000
jimjilbang -- 9,000
Total -- 36,700 won

Consumed
full kimchi stew lunch with Korean sides, full meat dinner with Korean sides, a lot of hard tack, a little peanut butter, orange juice, ample amounts of soju, beer and snacks, 1 coffee, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 38
Miserable weather. Raining, with almost no visibility, makes for a bad hiking day. I revisited a course from a few years ago. It’s called Ara Samuiak trekking course, and it is located off road 1131, one turn right, just past the turnoff for Gwaneumsa. It’s all in the same area. As a neighbor of Mt. Halla’s best hiking trail, the area is beautiful, of course, and the short ascent up Samiuyang Oreum. (Just to climb up and down the oreum would take no more than 45 minutes.) There is no km signage for the course. I would guess it is four to five kms, one way, including both endings (it forks to different locations ending on road 1117). I doubled back for the full roundtrip excursion. What’s great about this course is its terrain varies constantly. From entering off a police shooting range, up a cow pasture, toward the oreum’s peak, down the back side through heavy pines, more pines, and continually dropping into dry and sometimes pooling creek beds. That’s just a short version. Experience the longhand one in person.

Universal maps. I’ve found very few course maps on Jeju that are overwhelmingly worthwhile. A great map does not need to be read in a person’s native language, it should be universally understood. I found the course maps for Samiuak and the previous day’s Jeolmul trip to all be topnotch. A map has to be, first off, accurate and consistently placed, with present location, the last location marked and the next spot. A kilometer reading for each stretch would be advantageous. Although the past two day’s maps were not in English, they were perfectly readable.

Always seeking advice. If anyone has input into what oreum to climb or a hiking trail not to miss on Jeju, I am all ears for the next three weeks. Gamsa hapnida.

Date
Oct. 24, 2011

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
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