|Me, standing at the trail entrance.|
The tour books and websites will tell you that it is a 9 hour round trip to the top of Mount Halla and back again. This might be true depending on your walking speed and the current weather--it will most definitely take longer when there is snow on the mountain. But on the whole, if you are an avid hiker or in good physical fitness, you can do it a lot faster.
This past Monday, it took me 2 and a half hours to climb to the summit of Hallasan. This was followed by a 45 minute break at the summit to enjoy the view and have a picnic, and then another almost 3 hours back down the mountain. In total, I was 6 hours on the volcano.
|If you don't reach this point by 12:30, |
you can't continue to the summit.
Sheltered by a rich forest of spindly-trunked trees and thick, verdant bush cover, the trail rose steadily up the mountain side for the first stretch. Then, the last couple kilometers switches to a more rigorous stair climb with a mixture of stone steps and wooden stair cases. By the time I reached the top, my legs were like red bean paste: all mush and shaking from the effort.
It was so worth it.
|I made a new friend while climbing. Here we are at the top.|
|Even though it was a pretty clear day, the distant ground looked shrouded in fog.|
|Back down the path.|
|Me and the sign. Gotta pose with the sign.|
|This is the "summit." At this time of year, it's more dry, but in the spring, there is a small lake/pond here.|
|Olle Trail 14-1: I found some horses on one of my many hikes. No petting allowed.|
|Olle Trail 14-1: I love looking out over the farmlands. They can be so colourful at times.|
|Olle Trail 9: Daepyeong (대평)|
|Olle Trail 9: Me and SanBangSan (산방산)|
|Olle Trail 9: Panorama of SBS and the sea. So beautiful!|