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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 23 riders
 

Mountain Biking Buraksan

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#13 of 18 mountain bike trails in South Korea
#10,964 in the world

Absolutely beautiful forested trails through the hills of Korea. In theory, you could pick a spot and almost ride the whole country through the trail system. There are brutal uphills with technical downhills and everything in between. They can be busy with hikers, so make sure you keep your eyes open.

First added by Drawthemoral on Dec 30, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the main gate of Osan Air Base go straight down the strip shopping mall and cross under the railway. Continue to head in an eastern direction (the streets are VERY spidery, so just keep heading east) towards Life Apartments and Highway 1. From highway 1, there are several entrances to the Buraksan Trail System. From highway one, ride east for about a half mile, and you will begin to see the hills and entrances to the hiking/biking trails.
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  • gabelnj
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    Got in five miles with nearly 1000 feet of elevation. It in general flows well however if you branch of the main trail it will get very steep and technical. About a 10 to 15 minute drive from Humphrys. The many hikers on the trail will not yield. Because of them and some of the steep terrain I need Advil rubbing alcohol and beer. Definitely not designed or maintained for mountain bikes but still fun.

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  • norris
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    This trail is good fun, and not too technical. It is very close to Osan Air Base for any service members. It happens to be a network of paths that stretch for quite some distance into the foothills east of Osan. It can be very crowded with hikers and joggers. Being that is the purpose of the trail. There are many stops along the trail with exercise equipment, memorials, and just observation decks. There are many erosion steps in the trail though. Any steep section of this ridgeline has them. Each step is on average a 6" diameter log laid horizontally across the trail. They can make the descents feel like riding a staircase. However most everywhere else on the trail is a moderate technical track with very easy terrain.

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  • Gregory James
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    I am about 3 years late posting about this trail. I was stationed at Osan in 2014 and rode this trail about three times. There is way too much foot traffic to get a decent ride. I was told the best time to go is early in the morning before the sun comes up. Also be very careful with the trails when they get coved with leaves. I slipped on some during my last ride, fell and permanently injured my right shoulder. Still tough and still riding in Florida. Good luck!

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  • TheBigChief
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    This is a pretty cool ride. It is short though. The first few hundred feet are hike-a-bike straight up stairs. Once at the top it's a really nice forested summit with spider trails running off in all directions. Not any signage indicating anything, at least not in english. Somewhere Near the end there is a paved rest stop with water and a couple food venders. This is essentially the end of the ride. But like I said there we numerous trails running of in all directions. Beware of smooth polished errotion logs, they are slick and the lay them in pairs with about a 6" gap! Hit them at the wrong angle and you will likely topple over when your wheel gets caught in between them. There are a lot of old people hiking. I didn't have any problems as the other reviewers did, everyone was mostly courteous as was I. Just be cautious and considerate and watch out for those who are looking down and not paying attention. I looked at the walkers as a added fun part of the ride, ducking and weaving around them. They didn't seem to care at all. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that regardless of what trail you end up on, it's a quick run down to the bottom in any direction and a long ride back up.

    Close to Osan and Humphreys.

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  • efferit
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    One of 5 trails in the area within ridding distance of Camp Humphrey's. There is a switchback trail that allows you to ride up from the park on the west end. then its pretty fast along the ride to the east. further you go the less hikers you encounter. trail is wide and well cared for on the first 2 km but narrows after that and gets more technical. A normal ride for us is out and back during which there is only 4 hike a bike sections. there are multiple paths that go along the same direction so you can make a new ride every trip. Very worth it for the area.

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  • demithus
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    It is what it is. I was at Osan for three years and this is the best option for anyone on base without a car. All entrances are rocky and steep, but once you're up there it flows pretty well; just beware of all the hikers... they will not yield. From west to east about 1/3 of the way in the trail splits and if you head south you'll find the best Burak-san has to offer... some risky on-the-cliff singletrack. Keep going and you'll eventually get to a nice but short DH section and a bridge that crosses a freeway. Cross it and you'll find yourself in Deokak-san which is much, much less populated, a lot more technical, about 5x the length of Burak-san, and forms a loop that will take you back to base via Burak-san. It can easily take 2 hours for a full loop through both, but if you have the legs it's worth it.

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  • Hookert
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    Great trail I ride it almost every other weekend. Only a couple of crazy uphills but it followed by some good downs with some pretty good single track. Just watch out for the ninjas they like to jump out of nowhere.

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  • galvestonian
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    Located just a few minutes from Osan AB. This would be a great place to ride if not for the large number of people walking the trails. But with that said, definitely not my idea of fun having to constantly watch for walkers and often having to get off the bike to get thru the crowds.* Review edited 1/23/2011

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