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Mt. Kinpozan/Kinpusan Hiking ( Day Hike / Japan Okuchichibu, Kanto District)

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Date:
08 Jul, 2013(Mon) [Day Trip]
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Drove and parked at Ohdarumi Touge free parking
About Kinpozan:
One of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. At 2599m tall, it is the second highest peak of the Okuchichibu Mountains.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kinpu
http://www.vill.kawakami.nagano.jp/english/02yama.html

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Route Details:
   7:40 Ohdarumi Touge pass parking
8:40 Mt. Asahidake
9:30 Mt. Kimpozan (Stayed 20 min.)
11:00 Mt. Asahidake
12:00 Ohdarumi Touge pass parking
12:25 Yumeno Teien View Point
12:40 Ohdarumi Touge pass parking
* Pace on the returning from Mt. Kompozan is slower because of wild flower picture hunt.

Route Infomation:
   [Rating for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself]
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
A. Ohdarumi Touge parking - Mt. Kimposan - Ohdarumi Touge parking
- Difficulty: "2. You may use a hand or two" level. A scree beyond Mt. Asahidake, and a talus before Mt. Kimpozan are a little troublesome. Gojoiwa rock on Mt. Mimpozan is "5. I dont need to climb this. This place sucks" level. Therefore excluded from this rating.
- Acrophobic? "2. Some may be scared" level, as long as you're on the track at the scree and the talus above.
- Get lost? "2. You may want a map" level. There are a couple branches, but mostly a straight trail with clear traces.
- Photogenic? " 3. Like! Its worth coming" level. If the weather is good and during the rhododendron season, it should be "4. Coool! You should come here, too" level, but if the weather is not good and miss the rhododendron season, it could be "2. OK, not bad at all" level.

B Ohdarumi Touge parking - Yumeno Teien view point - Ohdarumi Touge parking
- Difficulty: "1. You dont need to use hands" level with long, well maintained wooden stairs.
- Acrophobic? "1. Don't worry" level.
- Get lost? "1. You don't need a map" level.
- Photogenic? "2. OK, not bad at all" level. If the weather is good and during the rhododendron season, it should be "3. 3. Like! Its worth coming" level, but if the weather is not good and miss the rhododendron season, it could be "1. I could find something nice" level. (A personal opinion & is not meant to encourage any MountRec viewers to agree this opninion.)

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A view of Lake Kotogawa on the way. I can't stop pulling over and taking a picture or two when I meet with these views, in spite I'm eager to start hiking as soon as possible.
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A view of Lake Kotogawa on the way. I can't stop pulling over and taking a picture or two when I meet with these views, in spite I'm eager to start hiking as soon as possible.
The parking lot at Ohdarumi Touge pass at 7:30 on Monday morning. About 20 cars can park, and there were several empty spaces at the time. You can park along the driveway if this lot is full.
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The parking lot at Ohdarumi Touge pass at 7:30 on Monday morning. About 20 cars can park, and there were several empty spaces at the time. You can park along the driveway if this lot is full.
The trail to Mt. Asahidake. A little muddy but well maintained. There were lots of mosses and flies, but you can seldom find wild flowers.
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The trail to Mt. Asahidake. A little muddy but well maintained. There were lots of mosses and flies, but you can seldom find wild flowers.
There is a short talus before Mt. Asahidaki. This is not so difficult. Since the weather forecast said it would be cloudy in the afternoon, I spared no time to find wild flowers etc. on my way to Mt. Kimpozan.
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There is a short talus before Mt. Asahidaki. This is not so difficult. Since the weather forecast said it would be cloudy in the afternoon, I spared no time to find wild flowers etc. on my way to Mt. Kimpozan.
From Mt. Asahidake, I could see Mt. Fuji. This is the first time I have a clear view of this newly appointed world heritage in six weeks.
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From Mt. Asahidake, I could see Mt. Fuji. This is the first time I have a clear view of this newly appointed world heritage in six weeks.
Rhododendrons around Mt. Tetsuzan are over, but it should have been gorgeous with so many trees.
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Rhododendrons around Mt. Tetsuzan are over, but it should have been gorgeous with so many trees.
The ridge trail to Mt. Kimpozan is above the forest limit line.
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The ridge trail to Mt. Kimpozan is above the forest limit line.
I reached the peak of Kimpozan in time for the clear view.
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I reached the peak of Kimpozan in time for the clear view.
Mt. Fuiji still looks clear but there're some clouds appearing on and around the top.
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Mt. Fuiji still looks clear but there're some clouds appearing on and around the top.
Mt. Mizugaki, where I climbed in thick fog the other day. I couldn't even see the neighboring Ohyasuri-iwa rock on the day. Today, I'm lucky.
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Mt. Mizugaki, where I climbed in thick fog the other day. I couldn't even see the neighboring Ohyasuri-iwa rock on the day. Today, I'm lucky.
Gojoiwa rock. A hiker I met here said he just climbed it with bare hands.
Me? No way! I'm an authentic middle-aged beginner hiker.
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Gojoiwa rock. A hiker I met here said he just climbed it with bare hands.
Me? No way! I'm an authentic middle-aged beginner hiker.
I found a lot of Iwakagamis, or Schizocodon soldanelloides, of Diapensiales family, near the top. It was a pleasant surprise, they were still in full bloom.
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I found a lot of Iwakagamis, or Schizocodon soldanelloides, of Diapensiales family, near the top. It was a pleasant surprise, they were still in full bloom.
I checked the location of Mt.Kimpozan hutte down below. Today, I still had some back pain, so I decided not to visit it.
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I checked the location of Mt.Kimpozan hutte down below. Today, I still had some back pain, so I decided not to visit it.
Another view of huge Mt. Yatsugatake and small Mt. Mizukakiyama in front.
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Another view of huge Mt. Yatsugatake and small Mt. Mizukakiyama in front.
When I came back to a cairn on Mt. Asahidake, Mt. Fuji is half covered with clouds.
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When I came back to a cairn on Mt. Asahidake, Mt. Fuji is half covered with clouds.
Finally I was in a mood to look for wild flowers. These look like new buds of a dwarf stone pine.
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Finally I was in a mood to look for wild flowers. These look like new buds of a dwarf stone pine.
These don't look like dwarf stone pine. They could be Sakhalin firs or other conifers that couldn't grow tall because of the surrounding climate.
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These don't look like dwarf stone pine. They could be Sakhalin firs or other conifers that couldn't grow tall because of the surrounding climate.
A mitsuba-ohren, a special type of chickweed grows in highland areas. You can find this here and there along this course.
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A mitsuba-ohren, a special type of chickweed grows in highland areas. You can find this here and there along this course.
These are the only rhododendron flowers I found today. Others around the top of Mt. Asahidake are still in buds, so I guess these are different kind of rhododendron near Mt. Tetsuzan above.
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These are the only rhododendron flowers I found today. Others around the top of Mt. Asahidake are still in buds, so I guess these are different kind of rhododendron near Mt. Tetsuzan above.
Tsuga-sakura, a member of Ericales/azalea family. There were some small clusters near the talus of Mt. Asahidake,
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Tsuga-sakura, a member of Ericales/azalea family. There were some small clusters near the talus of Mt. Asahidake,
This is the only blooming wood sorrels I found today. Others are still in early buds.
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This is the only blooming wood sorrels I found today. Others are still in early buds.
Getting back to the Ohdarumi Parking and while I had a light lunch, I was challenged by big ants. I don't see these big boys in Tokyo these days.
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Getting back to the Ohdarumi Parking and while I had a light lunch, I was challenged by big ants. I don't see these big boys in Tokyo these days.
After a short break, I started again toward Yumeno Teien view point. They dries futons in the sun on this first day of the rainy-season end. (Japanese Meteorological Bureau announced the season around Kanto was over yesterday.)
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After a short break, I started again toward Yumeno Teien view point. They dries futons in the sun on this first day of the rainy-season end. (Japanese Meteorological Bureau announced the season around Kanto was over yesterday.)
Just fifteen minutes' easy walking on wooden steps to the view point, I had a crampy feeling in both thighs. :oops
The trip isn't neither long nor tough, and I wasn't so tired. Probably it had something to do with my back pain.
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Just fifteen minutes' easy walking on wooden steps to the view point, I had a crampy feeling in both thighs. :oops
The trip isn't neither long nor tough, and I wasn't so tired. Probably it had something to do with my back pain.
The crampy feeling wasn't so strong, and I managed to reach the view point. The place is surrounded by many rhododendrons and it was probably worth visiting when they blooms. Today? So so.
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The crampy feeling wasn't so strong, and I managed to reach the view point. The place is surrounded by many rhododendrons and it was probably worth visiting when they blooms. Today? So so.
Looking back, I could see Mt. Kimpozan and Mt. Asahidake. It looks like clouds were increasing.
I decided to return from here, although the original plan was to go to Mt. Kokushigatake with 40-minute or so more walk.
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Looking back, I could see Mt. Kimpozan and Mt. Asahidake. It looks like clouds were increasing.
I decided to return from here, although the original plan was to go to Mt. Kokushigatake with 40-minute or so more walk.
On the way back, I found this small flowers. I can tell what they are. This is a homework.
* I got an answer from a BBS that this is a "Takane-nanakamado" a kind of mountain ash grows in highland areas.
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On the way back, I found this small flowers. I can tell what they are. This is a homework.
* I got an answer from a BBS that this is a "Takane-nanakamado" a kind of mountain ash grows in highland areas.
A pinkish bud is, I believe, a cap of new leaves of a spruce.
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A pinkish bud is, I believe, a cap of new leaves of a spruce.
13:40 I returned to the parking lot.
After a short drive, I found the Gojoiwa rock and the peak of Mt. Kimposan in my rear-view mirror. I pulled over and took this photo thinking I was there just a couple of hours ago..
It was another nice hike. Thanks!!
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13:40 I returned to the parking lot.
After a short drive, I found the Gojoiwa rock and the peak of Mt. Kimposan in my rear-view mirror. I pulled over and took this photo thinking I was there just a couple of hours ago..
It was another nice hike. Thanks!!
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
  


Comes with BGM. Please mute if your boss is around.

Anyway, I hurt my hip and back during my Mt. Mizugaki hike about six weeks ago, and I was under self-rehab, so I planned to go to Mt. Kokushigatake after Mt. Kimpozan if my back pain allows, but it didn't. It was just about 600m accumulated elevation difference, and it has to be an easy hike for me. It looks I need some more serious rehab and trials of new methods to cover back pain while working, etc. etc.

Nevertheless, I made the peak of Mt. Kimpozan successfully and had a great view of the new World Heritage, so I think I have to thank I had another nice hike.

[Rating of the overall course 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: "2. Easy (A.E.L.T. 800m)" level. If you add Mt. Kokushigatake, it could be "3. A little tough (1.200m)" level.
- Difficulty: "2. You may use a hand or two" level. A scree beyond Mt. Asahidake, and a talus before Mt. Kimpozan are a little troublesome. Gojoiwa rock on Mt. Mimpozan is "5. I dont need to climb this. This place sucks" level. Therefore excluded from this rating.
- Acrophobic? "2. Some may be scared" level, as long as you're on the track at the scree and the talus above.
- Get lost? "2. You may want a map" level. There are a couple branches, but mostly a straight trail with clear traces.
- Photogenic? " 3. Like! Its worth coming" level. If the weather is good and during the rhododendron season, it should be "4. Coool! You should come here, too" level, but if the weather is not good and miss the rhododendron season, it could be "2. OK, not bad at all" level.
- Come again? "3. Sure, Ill come again." level.
- Comments: The next time, I'd come in the rhododendron season on a sunny day, probably Mt. Kokushi-dake and Mt. Kita-okusenjo-dake for the primary targets.

The original Log in Japanese is here:
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-318828.html
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ankota
Posted: 13 Jul, 2013 7:13 pm  Updated: 13 Jul, 2013 7:13 pm
 
Joined: 27 May, 2013
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 Time passed !
The photo of the Ohdarumi pass shocks me.
I have been there about 40 years ago, when I was a teenager. There was a dirt road and a small space for parking, cars seldom passed.
I remember that I walked the dirt road with a heavy rucksack under a summer strong sunshine.
Time passed.
tatsuca
Posted: 13 Jul, 2013 8:49 pm  Updated: 13 Jul, 2013 8:50 pm
Joined: 18 Jun, 2013
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 Hello, Ankota-san
Thank you for your comment.

I AM surprised that you walked up that tough road 40 years ago as a teenage hiker.

The road to the pass is fully paved and it looks like very popular to motorcyclists these days; I even saw some bicyclists going up the road.

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