Over Memorial Day weekend in Korea, I hiked up Samaksan Mountain. It was a great day activity, and I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone living in Korea. On the path you hike up, you will run into some temples, waterfalls, and beautiful nature. There is also a nice view of the city of Chuncheon and its surrounding lakes at the peak of the mountain. Including water breaks and lunch, this hike took us a total of four hours.
- Bring enough water. The mountain does not have so many places where you can fill your empty water bottles. I brought one bottle of water, but I wished I had brought two.
- There are two main ways you can climb up the mountain. One is easier and the other is a little more challenging. The trail from Uiam Dam to the peak of the mountain is the one that will be more difficult. It is more steep and there are ropes and bars that you can hold onto in certain places to make the climb easier. If you are looking for more of a relaxing hike with nice views of the rocks, trees, and waterfalls, then I would suggest hiking from Deungseun Falls up to the summit. It is an easier hike with a lot of stairs.
- I did not see a bus stop at the Uiam Dam entrance. We had to take a taxi to arrive there. However, there is a bus stop close to the Deunseung Falls entrance where a few buses pass through.
- I would imagine that summer is the best season to hike here. Of course, it is always nice to hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. But, personally, I think the green leaves on the branches make the hike more beautiful. I have seen pictures from the hikes in the fall and I do not think they are as pretty. Another bonus of hiking in the summer is that, even though it is hot, the trees on the mountain really give you plenty of shade and protect you quite a bit from the sun.
- My recommended path would be to go from Uiam Dam to Deungseun Falls. I thought the steeper inclines made the climb up more fun and it was nice to hike down on an easier path and enjoy the nature. Furthermore, unlike The Uiam Dam Entrance, when you arrive at The Mountain Samaksan Entrance there are restaurants, shops, and bathrooms. Obviously, these are things you would rather see at the end of your hike, instead of the beginning of it. Then, don't forget that there is a bus stop at the Mountain Samaksan ticket office and not at the Uiam Dam ticket office. This bus stop will make it a lot easier for you as you are making your way back to Chuncheon.