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Hallasam National Park _ Yeongsil Trail

Hallasan stands out at the center of South Korea's southernmost island, boasting exquisite landscapes due to its varied volcanic topography and vegetation distribution ranging vertically through the subtropical, temperate, frigid and alpine zones.The special nature of this area led to its being designated and managed as a national park in 1970, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002, a World Natural Heritage Site in 2007. Muljangori Oreum registered as a Ramsar Wetland in 2008.
Yeongsil Trail (8.2Km 3.15hours)
  Yeongsil ~ South Wall Fork
: Yeongsil Management Office-> Yeongsil Resting Place -> Oriental Screen Rocks -> Witseoreum Shelter
-> South Wall Fork
Trail Guide _ Yeongsil Trail
Yeongsil Trail consists of a 2.4km road starting from Yeongsil Management Office(altitude 1,000m) that goes up to Yeongsil Resting Area (altitude 1,280m) and a 3.7km foot trail from Yeongsil Resting Area to Witsae-oreum Shelter (altitude 1,700m). A one-way trip starting at Yeongsil Control Station takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, and it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes from Yeongsil Resting Area. With the exception of the steep Yeongsil Crater Ridge (altitude 1,300~1,550m), most of the course is very even and easy to hike.
(Cars no larger than 15-seaters are allowed to drive on the 2.4km road from Yeongsil Control Office to Yeongsil Resting Area)  

Yeongsil Trail is one of the Ten Most Beautiful Scenic Views of Jeju Island. Along this trail can be found Yeongsilkiam, which shares its beauty with visitors in every season; the forest service designated ‘Beautiful Pine Forest;’ and Seonjakjiwat, which is home to many subalpine plants. It’s also a place where visitors can see Hallasan’s roe deer up close. Native plants of Hallasan, such as the Korean gentian (huingeuneul-yongdam, Gentiana pseudo-aquatica Kusnezoff), seombawi-jangdae (Arabis serrata var. hallaisanensis) and seommaebaltop trees (Berberis amurensis var. quelpaertensis Nakai), can be seen along this trail. These trees together with stone towers formed by Seonjakjiwat’s basaltic latite lava flow constitute a fortress wall, which makes the scenery even more unique. Visitors can find drinking water in Yeongsil Valley and the mountain spring rising from Witsae-oreum, but this may be hard to find during dry seasons.  

Leaving the trail at Yeongsil Beongpung-bawi (Screen Rock) Summit can cause rockslides and it is easy to loose one’s footing, therefore climbers must stay on the trail at all times. The area around Seonjakjiwat is subject to frequent weather changes, fog, and lightning. It is also easy to get lost and the risk of hypothermia is high, so it is recommended that visitors check the weather before coming.

1) Trail Grade (Difficulty - A: Hard, B: Normal, C: Easy)
Yeongsil Management Office -B- Yeongsil Rest Area -C- Yeongsil Valley -A- Beongpung-bawi (Screen Rock) Summit -C-
South cliff junction

2) Witsae-oreum Shelter
• Location : Hallasan National Park 1,700m hill where the Eorimok and Yeongsil Trails meet
• Personnel: 2 permanently stationed staff
• Supplies for sale: drinking water, snacks, cup noodles, gloves, raincoats and other light mountain climbing equipment
• Restrooms: indoor natural fermentation type restrooms