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Mt. Hinata ( Day Hike / Japan Minami-Arupusu shi)

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Date:
05 Sep, 2017(Tue) [Day Trip]
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Sunny with occasional clouds


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Parked at a roadside parking space at Yadate-isih trailhead.

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   7:45 Yadate-ishi trailhead
8:59 Official peak of Mt. Hinata with a stone marker of Japanese GSI; commands no view
9:02 The peak sign of Mt. Hinata with nice view
10:15 Yadate-ishi trailhead
10:57 Nishiki-daki trailhead.
11:42 Yadate-ishi trailhead




Route Infomation:
   The section between Nishiki-daki trailhead to the peak of Mt. Hinata was closed due to a bad trail condition since May, 2017 when a fatal accidents occurred. So I had to make two round trips to the peak and Nishiki-daiki in order to look for wildflowers both at the end of the trip.

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I started off a little early this morning, but when I arrived at a small parking space at Yadate-ishi trailhead around 7:30, mine was the fifth car.
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I started off a little early this morning, but when I arrived at a small parking space at Yadate-ishi trailhead around 7:30, mine was the fifth car.
There is a loop trail, but unfortunately the section between the peak and Nishiki-daki falls has been closed since this May when there was a fatal accident due to the bad trail condition.
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There is a loop trail, but unfortunately the section between the peak and Nishiki-daki falls has been closed since this May when there was a fatal accident due to the bad trail condition.
The trail was though forests and there was no view until I came up to the peak.
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The trail was though forests and there was no view until I came up to the peak.
But I found several wildflowers.
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But I found several wildflowers.

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The temperature was higher than I had expected.
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The temperature was higher than I had expected.

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There came fogs from time to time.
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There came fogs from time to time.
This device was a rainfall meter, according to the explanation board.

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This device was a rainfall meter, according to the explanation board.
Around 9:00 I arrived at the official peak of Mt. Hinata, where there is a stone marker of Japanese GS, but there is no view at this spot.
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Around 9:00 I arrived at the official peak of Mt. Hinata, where there is a stone marker of Japanese GS, but there is no view at this spot.
The name-board of Mt. Hinata was a couple of minutes away from the official peak, and this place commands a fine one-eighty open view.
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The name-board of Mt. Hinata was a couple of minutes away from the official peak, and this place commands a fine one-eighty open view.
This peak is famous for its beach-like sand surface, but it didn't look so nice under the cloudy sky.
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This peak is famous for its beach-like sand surface, but it didn't look so nice under the cloudy sky.
I found a cluster of takane-biranji, one of the two main targets on this hike. ^^)
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I found a cluster of takane-biranji, one of the two main targets on this hike. ^^)

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The other side of the peak was cut sharply to the cliff.
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The other side of the peak was cut sharply to the cliff.
There was a small stone monument dedicate to a local daimyojin god.
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There was a small stone monument dedicate to a local daimyojin god.

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The fogs on the peak were constantly flowing.

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The fogs on the peak were constantly flowing.
I could see Mt. Yatsugatake to the east when fogs were cleared.
As I had a plan to hike Mt. Nykasa today, I didn't take a break and continued to walking back to the trailhead.
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I could see Mt. Yatsugatake to the east when fogs were cleared.
As I had a plan to hike Mt. Nykasa today, I didn't take a break and continued to walking back to the trailhead.

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When I came back to the parking space around 10:15, the space was full with more than 20 cars.
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When I came back to the parking space around 10:15, the space was full with more than 20 cars.
I then walked towards Nishiki-daki.
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I then walked towards Nishiki-daki.

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I arrived at a small gazebo at Nishiki-daki trailhead around 11:00.
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I arrived at a small gazebo at Nishiki-daki trailhead around 11:00.
The board explains the trail to the peak was closed.
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The board explains the trail to the peak was closed.
But there was a short trail to the fall before the blockade.
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But there was a short trail to the fall before the blockade.

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I found the other target of this hike, shirahigeso near the fall.
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I found the other target of this hike, shirahigeso near the fall.

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A beautiful fall.
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A beautiful fall.
I resumed walking back to the parking space.
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I resumed walking back to the parking space.

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And arrived at the parking space around 11:45.
My plan was to hike Mt. Nyukasa in the afternoon, to look for other wildflowers. The report will be posted soon.
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And arrived at the parking space around 11:45.
My plan was to hike Mt. Nyukasa in the afternoon, to look for other wildflowers. The report will be posted soon.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This time, I heard several wildflowers started to bloom so I made plans to visit two mountains in a day.

The first one is this Mt. Hinata, where Takane-biranji and Shirahigeso should bloom. However, I found the shortest loop trip was not possible this time, because a section between Nishiki-daki fall to the peak of Mt. Hinata was closed due to the bad trail condition since this may, when there was a fatal fall.
So I had to walk this two round trips in order to look for the two wildflowers at both ends of the closed section.

I didn't confirmed that the shirahigeso was blooming this year, so I was a little afraid that I might not be able to find it, but luckily they were there at their best. [[scissors]]

I could also see Mt. Yatsugatake through fogs, so the hike turned out to be a nice one.

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. Not so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There are no spots to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trails are very well maintained and the signs are clear and there were not many confusing branches, but a map would help you avoid an unwanted detour.
- Photogenic? Level 3. Today the weather was not so favorable, but if I could have clear 180 from the peak the level could be 4.
- Come again? Level 2. If the closed section would be opened, the level could be 3.
The driveway to the Yadate-ishi trailhead has only one lane for most of the way. I attach the drive video of the last 12 minutes, FYI.




The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1248056.html
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