There are alot of trails leading up to Geumjung Mt Fortress. One of the easiest way is to take the ropeway which is about 1km walk from Oncheonjang Metro station. It will shorten the journey to the South Gate. We went on 1/1/2013 winter time and although the trail is not strenuous, it is the icy slippery snow on the ground that makes hiking difficult. From the Ropeway station, we walk to the South Gate, then head towards the East Gate. From the East Gate, we hike all the way up to the Mountain Watch Tower, passing through Wonhyobong Peak and then down to Beomeosa Temple trailhead exit.
I must say that the view at the Ropeway station or at the South Gate is not that magnificient. The most scenic region of Mt Geumjung is at Fortress Watchtower 4, Euisangbong Peak and Wonhyobong Peak. After these area, there is nothing much to photograph much. The trail leading down to Beomeosa is quite technical as compared from the way of Oncheonjang (heavy snow and ice path). From Beomeosa temple, we walked down about 1km and there is a bus stop with Bus No. 90 going to Beomeosa Temple Metro Station.
If hiking/trekking is your thing, it is good to climb this mountain. If photography is your main reason of coming to this mountain, then it would be good to start from the East Gate to head up to the scenic area I mentioned above. Else, the Ropeway would be a good transport to bring you up. Winter hike up Mt Geumjung is harsh with strong freezing wind and slippery ice ground. Bring your walking stick and shoe claws along. Be adequately dressed with proper hiking gears.
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