Ascent of Eniwa-dake on 2015-09-05

Climber: Dave Dilling

Date:Saturday, September 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:4331 ft / 1320 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail starts from the east side of the mountain. There is a trailhead just past a sharp curve in the main road. The day that I went, the trailhead parking was full so we parked further down the road just on the side of the main road.

The beginning of the trail was a bit confusing because a storm a few days/weeks earlier had torn up trees, etc and there was some blow down and fresh cutting. We wandered through the flood plain until we found the main trail which basically follows a drainage and then gains a ridge.

There are several steep parts of the hike where someone has installed ropes to help you up and down...but these are more scrambling areas rather than true climbing. In 2005 there was a blowout of the trail up high and now climbing to the summit is at your own risk. Its not really that bad, but you have to assume that risk for yourself. The trail overall could be better maintained.

We met some old people near the summit that had hauled up a giant pot and about 3L of cooking oil to make homemade french fries. They gave us some. I was impressed that they hauled all that stuff up there. The fries were delicious.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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