|View from part of the Fujisan Skyline Road |
(closed during the official climbing season as well as between November thru April)
The weather was sooooo bad! It was cold, extremely windy, and intermittently raining on us while we walked around the 5th station trying to decide if we were going to actually start the hike. The trail from 5th to 6th Station was closed off, the actual climbing season not starting until mid-July. The Hoei Crater trail was not blocked off and as we walked a few steps onto the trail, we realized the trees blocked almost all the wind! And, the rain had virtually stopped as well! So, off we went!
The start of our hike. We brought gloves, hats and jackets, but it wasn't enough. Mackenzie took her Daddy's sweatshirt to help keep her warmer.
So, here's where it gets insane! Also, where we learned why the mountain stations are closed outside of the official climbing season... So, in the picture below you can see Kris and the kids just coming out into the clearing, the ridgeline in front of Kris is the edge of the Hoei Crater. Just a few steps past this the wind whipped over the crater at close to 70 mph! Kris shuffled the now-crying kids back out of the wind while I had to drop to my knees because the wind was pushing me through the gravel towards the edge of the mountain! INSANE!
At one point the haze cleared out and we were able to see across the crater to the summit of Hoei. But, it quickly rolled back in and covered the crater back up.
|Boy was NOT happy|