Ascent of Kusushidake Peak on 2022-07-07

Climber: Ken Toyama

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 7, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kusushidake Peak
    Elevation:12208 ft / 3720 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Fuji is such an iconic mountain that I was compelled to climb it even though it might be a better mountain to look at from afar than to climb. The reported overcrowding reminiscent of Times Square or Shibuya scramble crossing was not encouraging either.

As it turns out, it was not that bad probably due to various factors, some of them sheer luck. The weather was almost perfect despite a Typhoon & its associated rains just before my ascent. The crowd was moderate since only the Yoshida route was open, it was weekdays, and the crowd might not have come back to pre-Covid level yet.

It is possible to climb Mr. Fuji as a day hike as most visitors start from one of 5th station trailheads. Following the usual practice of of climbing Mr. Fuji, I decided to see the daybreak and sunrise from the rim. This necessitated spending a night at one of numerous hiking huts the day before. With two days to spare I decided to climb from the foothill instead of the usual 5th station trailheads. This made the total trip to about 30 miles, but that is certainly reasonable with two days.

As it turns out, the foothill of Mt. Fuji is very beautiful and there were no other hikers until I reached 5th station. Overall this was a worthwhile trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10640 ft / 3243 m
    Total Elevation Loss:8060 ft / 2456 m
    Round-Trip Distance:30 mi / 48.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10640 ft / 3243 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Start Trailhead:1568 ft / 477 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8060 ft / 2456 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    End Trailhead:4148 ft / 1264 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Toyama
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