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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 15The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 20th overall
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Route: Hallim Port (start, 0.0 km) - Pyeongsu Port (0.7) - Daerim path (2.5) - intersection (3.8) - farm-product collection place (4.7) - Gwideok field path (5.5) - Seonunjeongsa, temple (6.5) - willow tree pond (7.6) - Hyerin Church (8.9) - Napeup wooded path (9.3) - Napeup Elementary School (10.5) - Napeup-ri Office (11.3) - Zinnia trail (12.1) - Gwa Oreum (12.5) - Dosegi pig path (13.8) - entrance of Gonaebong (14.9) - Harubang, temple (16.5) - Hagari crossroad (17.6) - Gonae intersection (18.5) - Gonae Port (19 km, finish)

---- Course takes about seven hours to complete

Grade: 35.5 (20th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

3.5

B

Conditions of the trail

3.5

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

4.0

D

Bilingual opportunities

3.5

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.5

F

Facilities around the area

3.5

G

Improvements

3.0

H

Park planning / architecture

3.5

I

Short-term impression factor

3.5

J

Long-term impression factor

3.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: The Napeup warm-temperate forest (another Olle top 10) is a perfect relaxing break in the covered shade to experience true nature. A highlight, not because there’s little left on the trail after, but because it can stand alone as a single tourist attraction not to miss. Also of recommendation is Gonaebong. It climbs up at the time when the legs need a rest on this trail. Save some energy for this gut buster.

Weaknesses: More of the same with long road segments Olle has to cover to get to the good spots. A bit bland, a bit boring, to say the least.

English learning opportunities: Suweon-ri, Yeongsae pond on the rock, willows tree pond, Napeup warm-temperate forest, Zinnia trail

Quotable: “Finally, at the top of Gonaebong, I collapsed on a wooden bench. As my muscles ached and my chest heaved I turned on my side and looked out across the west side of Jeju. The sun had muted with only an hour before setting and its light reflected off the ocean. From the top of Gonaebong I was able to see the purple and green patchwork of Gwideok farm lands, other oreum that were dwarfed by the one I was on and yet others that were even taller. Jeju Island is a place I see as being so small, a place I describe to those back home as a four-hour motorcycle ride to circumnavigate, but from where I was lying Jeju was bigger than I had ever seen it before. It had beaten me and would never know it.” -- Darryl Coote, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju Day 24

Jeju Weekly, A trail of self-reflection

Jeju Weekly, Mixing work and pleasure

KTO, Course No. 15


▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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