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Mt. Ganga-harasuri & Mt. Ubako ( Day Hike / Japan Okuchichibu)

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Date:
29 May, 2017(Mon) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, but Mt. Fuji was covered with clouds in the morning.


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  Transport: Car/Motorcycle
Drove and parked at a parking space at Ohtoge.

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   7:50 Ohtoge
8:58 Mt. Ganga-harasuri
9:42 West peak of Mt. Ubako
9:58 East peak of Mt. Ubako
10:16 West peak of Mt. Ubako
11:25 Mt. Ganga-harasuri
* Waiting for clouds disappear
12:30 Ohtoge

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots, but there were lots of blackflies swarming near the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri. I got bitten several spots. I recommend to visit this area in autumn, when the air is cry and clearer and no irritating bugs.

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I arrived at a parking at Ohtoge around 7:50. It was half full on the Monday morning.
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I arrived at a parking at Ohtoge around 7:50. It was half full on the Monday morning.
Mt. Fuji should be seen from the parking but clouds covered it.
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Mt. Fuji should be seen from the parking but clouds covered it.
The trail started from here.
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The trail started from here.
It looked like I was the 670th hiker, since probably the road opened this spring.
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It looked like I was the 670th hiker, since probably the road opened this spring.
There was a small water place but only dripping from the pipe.
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There was a small water place but only dripping from the pipe.
The trail was maintained well.
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The trail was maintained well.
It was 10 degrees, a little chilly.
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It was 10 degrees, a little chilly.
I found a red-flanked bluetail chirruping on a branch. The female was also near it. I attached the short Youtube of him.
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I found a red-flanked bluetail chirruping on a branch. The female was also near it. I attached the short Youtube of him.
Mitsuba-tsutsuji azaleas around this elevation seemed to have passed their peak.
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Mitsuba-tsutsuji azaleas around this elevation seemed to have passed their peak.
When I arrived at foot of the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri, the peak was in the fog. I went on walking toward Mt. Uhako, hoping that the fog would disappear when I comes back.
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When I arrived at foot of the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri, the peak was in the fog. I went on walking toward Mt. Uhako, hoping that the fog would disappear when I comes back.
Japanese version of the smokey bear, a squirrel, actually. ^^)
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Japanese version of the smokey bear, a squirrel, actually. ^^)
There was an area with moss-covered rocks. The trail down the Mt. Ganga-harasuri to Ubako was muddy and very slippery at places. I slipped up and got my hand on the ground twice. ^^;)
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There was an area with moss-covered rocks. The trail down the Mt. Ganga-harasuri to Ubako was muddy and very slippery at places. I slipped up and got my hand on the ground twice. ^^;)
This guy was chirping with a loud voice. Seemed like an egara titmouse.
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This guy was chirping with a loud voice. Seemed like an egara titmouse.
I passed the branch to Kanayama kosen spring.
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I passed the branch to Kanayama kosen spring.
And soon arrived a crossing of a paved forest road. If this one was opened for pubic use, this hike would be much easier by parking near here.
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And soon arrived a crossing of a paved forest road. If this one was opened for pubic use, this hike would be much easier by parking near here.
9:42 I passed the west peak of Mt. Ubato. There was no view or the peak post here.
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9:42 I passed the west peak of Mt. Ubato. There was no view or the peak post here.
9:58 Then I arrived at the east peak.
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9:58 Then I arrived at the east peak.
I got views of near mountains, but Mt. Fuji was sill in clouds.
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I got views of near mountains, but Mt. Fuji was sill in clouds.
Red mountain azaleas were blooming near the peak.
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Red mountain azaleas were blooming near the peak.
Purple ones, mitsuba-tsutsuji, too. I didn't have a rest and went on walking back to Mt. Ganga-harasuri.
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Purple ones, mitsuba-tsutsuji, too. I didn't have a rest and went on walking back to Mt. Ganga-harasuri.
The west peak of Mt. Ubako looked rockier from this side.
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The west peak of Mt. Ubako looked rockier from this side.
Soon got back to the forest road. You can take this road back to Ohtage, bypassing the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri, but it is much longer and you had to walk down 200 meters to the junction and walk up 200 meters again to Ohtoge.
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Soon got back to the forest road. You can take this road back to Ohtage, bypassing the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri, but it is much longer and you had to walk down 200 meters to the junction and walk up 200 meters again to Ohtoge.
But I had to walk up 400 meters on the slippery trail, back to Mt. Ganga-harasuri. ^^;)
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But I had to walk up 400 meters on the slippery trail, back to Mt. Ganga-harasuri. ^^;)
When I came back to the peak, the fog was gone.

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When I came back to the peak, the fog was gone.
But Mt. Fuji was still in clouds. There were numerous blackflies swarming around this peak so I had to evacuate as soon as possible.
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But Mt. Fuji was still in clouds. There were numerous blackflies swarming around this peak so I had to evacuate as soon as possible.
This peak is famous, because the picture on the back of 500 yen bill was taken here 80 years ago.
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This peak is famous, because the picture on the back of 500 yen bill was taken here 80 years ago.
When I walked down a little, clouds were cleared and I could see the peak of Mt. Fuji.
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When I walked down a little, clouds were cleared and I could see the peak of Mt. Fuji.

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When I came back to the parking space, I got the best view of her today. I'd have to start two hours later today.
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When I came back to the parking space, I got the best view of her today. I'd have to start two hours later today.
On my way back, I took pictures of other trailhead from the car window. This one is a branch to Yakiyama toge pass, down Mt. Kurodake.
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On my way back, I took pictures of other trailhead from the car window. This one is a branch to Yakiyama toge pass, down Mt. Kurodake.
This one is Yunosaya trailhead. Both forest roads were closed to pubic transportation.
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This one is Yunosaya trailhead. Both forest roads were closed to pubic transportation.
I stopped by a udon noodle restaurand near Ohtsuki. 680 yen with these toppings was very reasonable compared with the Tokyo standard. ^^)
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I stopped by a udon noodle restaurand near Ohtsuki. 680 yen with these toppings was very reasonable compared with the Tokyo standard. ^^)
I put up pictures of flowers I found today.
Iwakagami.
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I put up pictures of flowers I found today.
Iwakagami.

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Yellow violets ?
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Yellow violets ?

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Common violets.
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Common violets.
A small white violet.
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A small white violet.
Fude-rindo.
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Fude-rindo.
Miyama-katabami
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Miyama-katabami

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Tsukuba-kinmokuso.
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Tsukuba-kinmokuso.

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Wachigaiso.
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Wachigaiso.
Yellow dog-strawberry.
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Yellow dog-strawberry.
While ones.
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While ones.

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Ookamenoki
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Ookamenoki
And the seeds of neko-no-me-so.
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And the seeds of neko-no-me-so.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   A red-flanked bluetail



As these mountains are included in the top 12 grand views of Mt. Fuji in Ohtsuki, I planned to visit here last year. But the forest road was closed for winter in the middle of December when I was about to execute the plan.

The weather forecast seemed good, but it turned out there were more clouds than the forecast in the morning and I missed the grand views from Mt. Ganga-harasuri and Mt. Ubako. Fortunately, I could see the tip of Mt. Fuji on my way back, and I also found some wildflowers I wanted to see for the first time in this season.

[Rating of the trail for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
- Required Stamina: Level 2 of 5. The peak of Mt. Ubako is actually about 400m lower than the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri, and there is no good loop trip trail. So it was a little tougher for me than the data because of the 400m climb in the second half of the hike. ^^;)
- Difficulty: Level 2. There were some spots to use hands at the beginning of the trail and around the rocky west peak of Mt. Ubako, but not very difficult. Slippery slope sections from the peak of Mt. Ganga-harasuri to Mt. Ubako may be most troublesome.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. A short section near the west peak of Mt. Ubako might be a little scary.
Get lost? Level 2. Traces were relatively clear.
- Photogenic? Level 3. if the weather is good enough to see the grand view of Mt. Fuji from both peaks of Mt. Ganga-harasuri and Mt. Ubako. (Both are designated to one of the top 12 grand views of Mt. Fuji in Ohtsuki city)
- Come again? Level 2. The access to the parking at Ohtoge was easier than I had expected. Maybe come back to get the grand views someday.
- Comment: There is no public transportation available to today's trailhead. The shortest way is from Suzuran-konchukan mae BS through Hamaiba BS, but it's a very long trail with a long forest way walk. Using a car or a taxi is the reasonable way.
I attach the drive-video from Ohtoge to Hamaiba:




The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1153872.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html



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