Ascent of Fuji-san on 2012-10-08

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Laura Friedrich
Date:Monday, October 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:3775 m / 12388 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We were staying in Fujikawaguchiko and had a rental car, so wanted to ascend from the north, but after hearing that the toll road only opened at 3AM we decided to check out other options as the map showed additional roads leading high onto the mountain. We followed Route 701 to it's terminus to a gated parking lot and an alternative starting point along the Yoshida route, but believed this was too low given the time available. We passed through the open gate (left of the lot) and found the paved road continued for many kms up the slopes to about 1,715m and another gate and parking lot - currently frequented by mushroom pickers. With still paved road beyond and this clearly connecting to the Yoshida route farther on, we decided on this approach.

The next morning we left the hotel around midnight and were underway on the trail by about 1AM. We cut some of the road switchbacks by following faint side-trails established by the mushroom folks, saving about 1km on the way up. Everything was easy to track through, particularly with a GPS (of course). The Yoshida trail is broad and straight-forward with only the most minor scrambling in a couple of sections - hands not needed if you've got poles or just don't feel like using hands. At this time of year, there's virtually no-one on the mountain and the shelters are all closed, so the usual hiking prep is needed. We passed 3 people on the way up and upon summiting found no other groups along the rim or at the top. Another couple of solo hikers arrived - one from our route and one from elsewhere, but that was it. Nice to enjoy such a popular objective without crowds. Although most of the ascent route is what you'd expect from a volcano - relentless, steep and somewhat loose talus - the crater rim walk and views from the summit make things worthwhile.

We circumnavigated the rim upon leaving the summit and rejoined our ascent route. On the way down we passed about 20 other hikers making their way up. All of them started from the end of the toll road, so having a car and taking one of the side roads at an earlier hour means a little more peaceful wandering. Everything was uneventful on the descent - it just occurs to you how long the route up is and reinforces why it's more pleasant to hike up volcanoes at night when you can't see the endless route ahead of you :) My toes got a bit sore from all the downward pressure, so once on the road I went barefoot for a few kms - only possible because the road was super clean and free of rocks/pebbles. Thanks Japan!

All-in-all a very worthwhile outing.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2061 m / 6762 ft
    Elevation Loss:2061 m / 6762 ft
    Distance:18 km / 11.2 mi
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2061 m / 6762 ft
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Route:End of Rte 701 then Yoshida trail
    Trailhead:Gated side road NE of summit  1714 m / 5626 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2061 m / 6762 ft
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Trailhead:Gated side road NE of summit  1714 m / 5626 ft
    Time Down:3 Hours 55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brian Friedrich
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