Ben and I decided that our last big excursion would be to Bukhansan National Park. He had visited earlier in the week doing the same hike I did on my first time in Bukhansan. We were excited to see if any of the fall foliage was popping its head and planned on heading to Songchu Falls. I hadn’t heard anything about them other than seeing them on the trail map so we picked a route that led us to Obong peak after Songchu Falls.
We got up bright and early having packed our bags and picked out lunch already. I was bringing Gimbap that I made in cooking class and Ben grabbed a meal at 7-11; we had plenty of trail mix and grabbed our camelbacks out of the fridge before jumping on the subway. Just over an hour later we arrived at Hoeryong Station. You could immediately see the mountain range and we started out for Hoeryong Crossing.
The hike started along a paved path; we were quiet surprised to share the road with a few vehicles, stepping aside as it grew more vertical. Before long we came across a Buddhist temple at the end of the road. There was a small celebration for what appeared to be a new monk with paintings and plenty of Koreans. Ben and I focused on the gorgeous view in the background and were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hummingbird in the garden.