Top 6 Hiking Trails in Daegu to Unleash your Inner Explorer

Stacey dbs hiking in Daegu

I love having Apsan Mountain. But there are so many hiking trails in Daegu at my doorstep. And many of the mountains are less than 2 hours away. Layer up people, hat, gloves, warm socks~~ none of these Korean mountains are FLAT!! You might find yourself strapping that jacket on your backpack too.

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  1. Palgonsan (팔곤산)
  2. Hwangmaesan (황매산)
  3. Biseulsan (비슬산)
  4. Geumosan (금오산)
  5. Gayasan (가야산)

Hiking Daegu- 5 Mountains Less than 2 Hours Away

The Best Hiking in Daegu

You want to take a hike, but you might think that Apsan is your only option. The landscape is too brown to be beautiful, and it’s January~~ it’s too cold to go for a hike. I beg to differ. There are so many beautiful trails less than 2 hours away, and many of them are beautiful all year round.

Yes, it’s a little cool outside, but the mountains (or san 산 in Korean) offer a great opportunity to enjoy nature, breathe some fresh air, and take a break from the hustle of South Korea’s 4th largest city. It’s also a huge contributor to my recent 60-pound weight loss.

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Palgonsan (팔곤산)

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Palgonsan has many stunning vistas (accessible by cable car) and one of my favorite Buddhas~~ Gatbawi or the seated Buddha. Those who make the trek to the temple are promised that one of their wishes will be fulfilled. I think that’s fair, don’t you? Dongwhasa temple is also worth the hike and an awesome place to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday and the lotus festival. 42.7km

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Hwangmaesan (황매산)

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Hwangmaesan is beautiful all year round. BUT don’t sleep on the Azalea Festival from mid-April to mid-May. I love hiking this mountain because there are several trails for every difficulty level. I’ve never seen a sea of pink and yellow flowers that beautiful anywhere~~ pictures don’t do it justice. 94.3km

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Biseulsan (비슬산)

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Biseulsan is the closest hike, way less than 2 hours from Daegu but has one of the longest stairways eva. But you can take the bus (for a few) back down, lol. The mountain blooms with flowers in spring offer a beautiful fog-filled valley in summer, falling leaves in autumn, and an ice-capped mountain in winter.

34.7km

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Geumosan (금오산)

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Trust me, Geumosan is NOT a beginner’s hike. The hike to Doseongul Cave, the Daehye Gate, and the Haeunsa temple is a challenge. However, with its beautiful lantern-lined catwalk is one of my favorite hiking trails in Daegu to listen to the monks chant. Luckily you can also take the cable car.

60.0km

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Gayasan (가야산)

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Gayasan CAN BE by far the most accessible hike on this list. It’s paved. There are two main attractions here. First, Hainsa Temple is one of the most revered temples in South Korea. The other is the stairway to heaven~~ this climb that seems never-ending, offering one hella panoramic vista only 2 hours from Daegu.

5. 64.3km

Hiking Tips

How to Enjoy Hiking Trails in Daegu in South Korea

Hiking can be a fun experience and with so many mountains only 2 hours from Daegu, you are spoiled for choices. Even if you are traveling with a group, stay alert, prepared, and aware of your surroundings. As a fellow hiker (who also happens to be black), I support and encourage you to embrace diverse travel experiences ~~ to get off the beaten path per se. And hiking might be one of the best ways to do just that.

You don’t need much to enjoy South Korea’s favorite weekend pastime. Hiking boots aren’t a prerequisite but offer stability on some of the more difficult trails.

I always wear a small backpack to hike hands-free when necessary. I pack my asthma meds, cash & debit card, tissue, hand sanitizer, and phone. And while many trails have restings areas with potable water, I never leave home without water. You don’t need much more because most trails can be hiked in a day.

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